Suzanne Plewes, RE/MAX Alliance in Loveland

Suzanne Plewes, RE/MAX Alliance in Loveland

LOVELAND –  A home closing is a time for celebration. It’s also a very busy time as you complete your move and start settling into your new home. Amidst the chaos, it’s important to remember a few key tasks.

Change the door locks
You should immediately change the locks on all doors in the home. There’s no telling how many people the previous homeowner may have given keys to. They may not have retrieved all copies. For your own protection, change the locks to all exterior doors. To make your life easier, consider having all locks configured to the same key.

Reset garage door openers
You may be handed garage door openers at closing. With most cars containing built-in garage door openers, it’s possible that others may still have access to your garage. Additionally, many openers also have electronic keypads with a set code. It’s a good idea to reset the door openers, which essentially makes all previous keys and codes invalid. Instructions can be found on the manufacturer’s website.

Contact security companies
If your home came pre-installed with a security system, contact the company that services that system. They can assist you with resetting the panel PIN, verbal security code, and other account information.

Cover windows
It may be awhile before you normally get to window treatments, but it’s an important part of owning a new home. If you don’t plan on moving in right away, covering your windows will make it less obvious that the home is vacant. If you are moving in right away, you’ll want to retain some privacy. Visible windows will make it easy for people to see exactly what you have in your new home, which can make it a target for burglars.

Check the systems
It seems that something always goes wrong when you move into a new home, no matter how well you may have inspected the property and planned for the big move. You can minimize potential problems by checking a few critical things right after closing. First, locate the main water shutoff valve. You never know when you’ll need that. Secondly, check the heating system. Make sure it’s working and set at a reasonable temperature to prevent pipes from freezing. Additionally, identifying the exhaust vents on the outside of the home and remove any obstructions.

Summary of things to do right after home closing
By addressing the above items, you can minimize potential issues and improve the safety of your new home. You can then focus on moving in and making the house feel more like a home.

By Suzanne Plewes, RE/MAX Alliance in Loveland. Suzanne Plewes is a broker associate at RE/MAX Alliance. Write to 750 W. Eisenhower Blvd., Loveland, CO 80537, call 970.290.0373 or e-mail suzanneplewes@remax.net.