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There are six key things that you need to do after you close on your home:
1. Change the locks on your home. You have no idea who else has a key to the house. The owner might have given a copy to a neighbor, friend, or relative. Don’t use the previous owner’s key.
2. Clean the carpets, unless the seller did that for you already.
3. Find the water shut-off valve. There could be a time when you need to turn off the water, so make sure you know where it is.
“You don’t know who else has a key, so make sure you change the locks!”
4. Find the breaker box. If a breaker goes out, you’ll need to be able to find the breaker box to make repairs.
5. Your first payment will be due on the first of the following month. For example, if you closed on April 1st, then your first payment may be due on May 1st. Otherwise, if you closed on April 15th, your payment wouldn’t be due until June 1st.
6. You will not get the original deed when you close escrow. The deed will be mailed to you several weeks after closing. Don’t worry; these days, the original deed has also been digitized, so you don’t necessarily need to have the paper copy unless you’re really concerned about the grid going down.
So, after you close on your home, make sure you take care of these six items. If you have any other questions about the closing process or buying a home, just give me a call. I would be happy to help you!