It’s official, the closing is over, the keys are in your hands, and you are a homeowner! Now, what happens after the closing?
First things first, change the locks to avoid unwanted visitors and for preventative security.
Contact your local gas, electric, water, phone, and cable services to activate services and ensure it is all in the correct name.
Clean out HVAC units and AC filters to improve the quality of the systems and their efficiency.
Check all the carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, and your water heater. You want to make sure all units are working properly, and the water heater settings are adjusted to your liking, which could assist in saving you money in the long-term.
Clean everything! It’s best to have a fresh start, so sanitizing any doorknobs, light switches, and hard surfaces can help with removing previous germs from anyone that may have entered the home during open houses. This may also include putting on a fresh coat of paint, mopping the floors, and dusting light fixtures.
Change your driver’s license to reflect your new address.
Let everyone know you moved! This may include the bank, utility company, post office, credit card companies, insurance companies, friends, and family members.
Put all your closing documents in a safe place for future access.
Celebrate your new home! There may be a bunch of new changes happening, but these changes are something to be joyous about!
If you have further questions about what happens after closing, you can always contact your trusted real estate team, which may include title professionals, realtors, and lenders.