If you're reading this, there's a chance that you've recently purchased your first home.
First off, congratulations on this big step! Homeownership is a powerful tool that everyone can use to build a place to call home while also building wealth at the same time.
You might be asking yourself, what should I do now that I own a home?
For the next two weeks, I'll be giving advice to new home owners, so stay tuned for next week's part as well.
But for now, let's kick off this series with a list of essential tips for new homeowners.
Find a handyman that you can trust to do the job.
Handymen are absolutely critical to keeping your home in top shape through routine tasks that you might not want to do yourself.
They can even help you with smaller projects like hanging frames, assembling furniture, etc. It might take a minute to find someone you click with, but once you have a good handyman, you won't need to stress about those little tasks that come up in home maintenance.
Look for someone who could be deemed a “jack of all trades," that way you can rely on them to address anything that comes up. (Please note that you should hire a licensed contractor for large projects!)
Get to know your neighbors
Get to know the people around you! Brining over a small gift or treat can be a great way to start to build a relationship with your new neighbors. Sharing general contact information is also something to consider if you think that you'd like to stay in touch with what's going on.
Store your home warranties and manuals in a designated folder/file
There is quite a bit of information that comes along with buying a new home, and you want to make sure that you have access to it!
I suggest getting a file box for all of these documents, and also keeping electronic scans online if possible.
Start and maintain an emergency fund
If you've never owned a home before, you might end up with a few unexpected problems along the way. It's normal to run into obstacles, so having an emergency fund makes it much less stressful when the time comes.
I hope this helps you get a grasp on some of the best things to do after buying a home for the first time.
Come back next week for a post all about up-keeping your home to avoid bigger issues down the road. Talk to you all then!