Owning a house is a dream itself. It is nice to have a place where you can retire after a long and hectic day. In short, buying a house in Pakistan is one of the best decisions of your life. It will provide you with shelter and security and it also proves to be an excellent investment opportunity in Pakistan.
However, before moving into your new house, you need to consider some essential things to do immediately after buying a new home. To know more about these tips and tricks, keep on reading.
First of all, make sure your house is safe and secure. Safety and security are crucial for a new house because an insecure house will be of no use and will take away your peace of mind. When you buy a house, before moving into it, make sure you change all the locks.
In short, some of the things to buy after buying a house include an excellent security system along with alarms and related smart devices.
There have been many cases where the previous owners tried to break into the new owners’ house for various reasons. You certainly do not want that to happen to you. Hence, we suggest you change your old locks and security systems after buying a house in Pakistan.
Also, make sure you have the master key with you at all times. Please do not leave the keys at random places where they can be accessed easily by strangers or non-residents of the house.
If you have a security system at home that you do not want to change immediately, that’s okay.
Ask the old owners of the house for instruction manuals and codes for any electronic systems, like home alarms, fire alarms, and garage codes. Change the codes of the systems as soon as possible and make sure not to share the details with anyone from outside the house.
This upgrade will not require hefty amounts of cash. However, if you have purchased your home security system from a vendor, you might want to reconnect your electronic devices and pay ongoing alarm system monitoring fees.
Similarly, the cost of changing locks and keys also varies depending on the complexity of the locks.
According to Investopedia, a home warranty is a contract between a homeowner and a home warranty company that provides discounted repair and replacement service on a home’s major components, such as the furnace, HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems.
Usually, a home warranty comes with the purchase. Sometimes, some new homeowners also get a home warranty that the seller or original owner of the house purchased. The primary intention of the home warranty is to cover home appliances and systems.
If you receive a home warranty when you buy a house in Pakistan, review it thoroughly and understand what is covered in the warranty and what you can claim according to the policy. Ensure that all those things in the home warranty are most likely to break down and are expensive to replace. Also, if you do not have a home warranty, we suggest you get one to make your life easier.
If you bought a house and you want to move in as soon as possible, make sure your utilities are in order and streamlined throughout the house. One of the best ways to do this is through connecting the utilities, including water, gas and electricity.
Also, talk to the previous owners and ask them whether they have cleared the old bills or not. Moreover, ask them to lend you copies of older statements just for record purposes.
Check fire alarm and smoke detectors:
Double-check your fire alarm and smoke detectors to ensure that your family and loved ones are safe and secure. To do so, make sure that all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in good working condition, and the ventilation system is working perfectly.
Also, make sure that the system’s batteries are working correctly and are placed in a hallway leading to bedrooms. Also, if your house consists of multiple floors, make sure that you have one smoke detector on each floor.
Make use of inspection report:
As we have discussed multiple times in our blogs, a home inspection is essential, especially if you are a first time home buyer.
According to Wikipedia, a home inspection is a limited, non-invasive examination of the condition of a home, often in connection with the sale of that home. Home inspections are usually conducted by a home inspector who has the training and certifications to perform such inspections.
When you buy a house, make sure you use the home inspection report as a to-do list for your home maintenance. If there are slight issues highlighted in the home inspection report, try to address them as soon as possible.
Take some time, study the inspection report in detail and make a list of things that need repair, updates or maintenance. Try to rank the tasks based on urgency, ranging from most to least urgent. For instance, if you have dirty gutters, leaky pipes or doors and windows that need to be resealed, address them first because as time passes, these issues will be exaggerated, and you will have to spend tons of money on the repairs.
Redo the paints:
A fresh coat of paint can make all the difference to the walls and interior of the house. It is one of the easiest, convenient and cost-effective ways to revamp your space in a short period. Try to play with neutral hues because these tones tend to make your space look spacious and bright.
If you want to reduce your paint cost further, try to paint the house yourself. Get the paint and paintbrushes from the paint store and paint the home yourself. It is an easy task and does not require much time and energy.
However, If you’re hiring a professional to do the paint, ask if they’ll give you a discount for having empty rooms because some painters charge you extra for moving furniture.
Today, home insurance is crucial. It helps you to live a tension free life by covering your finances in case of emergency. It would help if you got done with the home insurance while you were processing your mortgage paperwork.
However, before signing up for any insurance policy, make sure you understand its clauses and that the insurance is per your needs and demands. Talk to your agent and ask as many questions as you can. Talk to him about coverage, paperwork, preliminary information etc.
So, this is a list of things to do after buying a house. Do not forget these things to do after moving into a new house. We hope this blog piece will help you understand crucial factors to do immediately after you buy a new house. These priorities after purchasing a house are essential because they contribute to increasing your house value.
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