First Steps for the New Owner

Buying a New Home Purchasing a new home is an exciting adventure. The process can also feel overwhelming at times, whether you are a first-time home buyer or are returning to the real estate marketplace after renting for a period of time. If you’re a new owner, there are a few important steps to take in your first days at your new home.

Find Service Connections

Locate the electrical service panel and main water valve on the first day that you are at your new home. Sooner or later, you will need to reset a tripped circuit breaker or temporarily turn off power to part of the home for an electrical repair. The main water valve will shut off the water supply to the entire home. While you may not need this often, it can be important to know in the event of a broken pipe or a plumbing repair.

Look for Leaks

Speaking of plumbing, it’s a good idea to perform a quick plumbing inspection as soon as you are in the new home. While a plumbing inspection should be part of the pre-purchase home inspection, it never hurts to be sure that you don’t have any leaks or drips that may have been missed or started in between your inspection and purchase date. Leaving any such issues for long can result in a larger problem if it’s not fixed quickly.

Inspect for Gaps

This is also a good time to inspect all windows and doors to be sure they close tightly and have a good seal. Doors or windows that are drafty allow in uncomfortable cold air that can also increase the cost of heating your home during winter. Depending on the location of the gap, it may also contribute to problems like condensation issues, water leaks or frozen pipes.

Clean and Clear

Many homebuyers like to perform a “spring cleaning” before moving into a new house. There will never be an easier time to clean carpets or cabinets than while the house is completely empty. Take this opportunity to do any carpet shampooing, minor repairs or even repainting that you may want to do.

Add New Locks

Installing new locks on all doors is a good idea whenever you buy a new house. There is no way to know how many keys to the existing locks are not in your possession. Plus new locksets are inexpensive and can provide you with peace of mind in knowing that you know exactly who has keys to your home.

Seasonal Preparations

Heating with wood is common in Montana, whether with a woodstove or fireplace. When you move in, check that any of these heating appliances are clean and in good condition before you start your first fire. You should also check the chimney, as well, as if it hasn’t been cleaned recently, there could be built up creosote that could be reducing exhaust flow. Of course, you need wood to burn, too, so purchasing or cutting firewood early is important, especially since finding firewood can become difficult and expensive to find once winter sets in. You’ll also want to make sure that wood is stored in a dry location or is at least covered to protect it as much as possible.

The Senecal Real Estate team can help you find the perfect home in Big Sky Country. As Montana natives, we know the area well and can help you locate a home that is in an area you’ll love and offers the amenities that are important to you. Contact us today by calling 406-439-5414 to get started and learn more about how we can help make your new home dream a reality.

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