Ten Things You Will Need To Do After Closing On Your Florida Home
The closing on your home can be an exciting but busy time. There are so many things you have to remember and it’s easy to forget some of the most basic but necessary tasks. Here are a few things you’ll need to do or have done immediately after you close on your new Florida home.
1. Call a locksmith to have the locks changed on your new home. Don’t forget to have him change the locks on all the exterior doors as well. If you’re going to change the locks yourself, you’ll need to count all the doors so you know how many you’ll need. This is something that can be done ahead of time so you’ll be ready to change those locks just as soon as you arrive at your new home.
2. Does your new Florida home have any storage buildings or any other type of exterior building that will need a lock? If so, you’ll need to buy new locks for those as well. Additionally, if they’re already locked and you weren’t given a key at closing, you’ll need to have some bolt cutters on hand so you can get them open.
3. Make sure you’re given the garage door openers at closing. It’s a good idea to change the code as soon as you arrive at your new home. You may need to contact the manufacturer for instructions on how to change the code if you don’t know how. If they were not provided, you may have to talk with your local home improvement store or the manufacturer to obtain new ones.
4. If your new home has an alarm, you’ll need to change the alarm code. Contact the alarm company for assistance.
5. Change the batteries in all the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors then test them.
6. Buy new fire extinguishers to place around the house and in the garage.
7. Prepare a box of move-in supplies to take with you such as toilet paper, paper towels, soap, wipes, trash bags, drinks, snacks, etc. so you won’t need to dig through boxes or have to do without.
8. You’re going to get hungry very quickly and you probably won’t be equipped to cook anything. Therefore, you should ask your realtor for some menus and a list of restaurants in the area that deliver.
9. Don’t forget to have the chargers for your mobile devices handy.
10. Put together a move-in toolkit and include items such as nails, a flashlight, a drill, etc.
Talk to your Florida realtor about any additional things you may need immediately after closing. Your realtor helps people with their moving needs everyday and he would be more than happy to assist you.
About the Author: Millie Gil has been a successful Licensed Real Estate agent for over 25 years in Florida. Millie is Vice President of Bold Real Estate Group, a boutique agency committed to concierge personalized service for discerning buyers, sellers and renters of residential and commercial properties. Millie is fluent in English and Spanish with a strong network of real estate professionals worldwide. Other post by Millie Gil