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5 Must Do’s After Buying A Home

This is a great post by colleague Amanda Davidson down in VA about 5 easy things to do when you settle on your new home. As she comments at the end, with all the drama of a move it is easy to forget, so make a note and tackle these five things and those items related to the home inspection report as soon as you settle on your new home.

It doesn't matter where you are, VA, The Main Line or Tredyffrin Easttown, when you buy a home these are items that you should tackle and do after buying a home.

5 Must Do’s After Buying A Home

After going through all of the steps it takes to buy a home it’s finally ALL yours! You are a happy new homeowner. You can paint the walls and customize it as much as you like but, before you dive into setting up your nest be sure to take care of these things first. The reason behind them are obvious!


Change The Locks – unless you purchased a new construction home you have no idea how many keys are floating around. Maybe the seller forgot they’d given a key to someone years ago or maybe someone they gave a key too made a copy. It is imperative to change locks immediately after closing. That’s true even if you don’t plan on moving in right away. It’s your call on whether you replace the locks all together or have them rekeyed, just make sure you get one or the other done immediately.




Change Key Codes – many homes have key codes for the garage doors or gates, some even have them for the front door. All of these should be changed as soon as you close on your home. As with the locks to your new home you have no way of knowing who the seller has shared the code with over the years.


Share Your New Address – people always share the life-changing news that they’ve become homeowners but, with that comes the need to also update friends, family, creditors, and really anyone you receive mail from of your new address. It’s hard, possibly next to impossible to remember every company you need to notify and because of that, you should also submit a change of address with the post office.



Replace Batteries In Smoke Detectors – chances are the home you’ve just purchased has smoke detectors. The home inspector you used very likely tested them but, do you really know when the batteries were last replaced? Having working smoke detectors is a must and it’s a good habit to get into to change the batteries every year. If the smoke detectors have taken on a yellow hue it may be time for a replacement. While you’re at it go ahead and check the carbon monoxide detectors too.



Review Your Home Inspection Report – remember those minor repairs in the inspection report that weren’t warranted to ask the seller to take care of? Go back and make a list of what you think needs to be done. Over time minor repairs can turn into major repairs if they aren’t taken care of.



Closing on a home is exciting but, it can also be overwhelming because there’s so much going on. To avoid trying to remember all the little details that you need to take care of make a list and check items off as you go. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that everything is taken care of and then be able to enjoy settling into your new home.




Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group





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Comment balloon 10 commentsNick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 • January 04 2019 04:51PM


Good stuff

Posted by Johnny Alvis (Real Estate Partners Chattanooga, LLC) 5 months ago

All very goood things. Thanks for the repost. Have a fantastic 2019!

Posted by Dan Pittsenbarger, Improving Conditions (Keller Williams Western Realty) 5 months ago

Hello Nick and Trudy, Great reblog by Amanda S. Davidson on this topic.  Hope you havea great 2019!


Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 5 months ago

Great list And it is an important list also. Many new owners don't change the locks

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) 5 months ago

That reminds that I need to add to my buyer program that I offer to re-key as part of my closing gift. 

Posted by Mike Baltierra, Full Service at Your Service Realtor-Eastvale CA (Rise Realty ) 5 months ago

Johnny Alvis I am not a big reblogger, but when an article is this good, I will repost. Welcome to AR

Dan Pittsenbarger totally agree, why I reposted. Good luck to you as well in 2019.

It is a great post Will Hamm 

William Feela something I reccommend to all clients, and Mike Baltierra a good idea to offer this as a closing gift.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 5 months ago

Nick and Trudy,

Great idea on your part to highlight Amanda S. Davidson 's post, otherwise I would have missed.  Have a great weekend.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 5 months ago

Ron and Alexandra Seigel I realize how many posts I miss when I read through the weekly digests that get posted at the weekend by people like . iIt is so useful to repost when the post can be applied to your market.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 5 months ago

Nick, thank you for sharing this. I sure hope it helps buyers understand how important changing the locks is. It always worries me when they don't.

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 5 months ago

Amanda S. Davidson this was a wonderful post, so easy to share as the information is so relevant where ever you live or are buying. Congrats and hope it gets featured, deserves it.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 5 months ago

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