After You Buy Your Home

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Important Move-in Tasks

There are some important tasks you need to do after you buy your new home. Some of them you need to begin before you officially close and get the keys, such as notifying the Postal Service that you have a new address and when to begin delivering to it. Here is a handy list to help you remember what is needed in the moving process.

Updating Addresses

In addition to simply updating your delivery address with the USPS, you will need to update it on websites that you use for deliveries as well as notifying important service providers, such as your auto insurance and medical providers. And don’t forget to update any banking/credit card services you use. We do so much through electronic deliveries now that it’s not as easy to remember how many businesses we work with that need our address. Here is the link to the USPS change of address.

Utilities

If you want the lights on and your internet working when you move in don’t forget to set-up your utilities. Much of Texas allows you to choose your electric provider, you can use easily see the options for your home here. You may need separate providers for your gas, water, and garbage, or in some cases you can set these up through your city utilities. And don’t forget to choose your internet provider. The sellers often share who services your new home on the sellers disclosure notice.

Homestead Exemption!

I cannot stress enough how important it is to file your homestead exemption. In Texas this is a valuable tool to save money on your primary residence’ property taxes and it’s free to file. DO NOT PAY A 3RD PARTY TO FILE THIS FORM FOR YOU! Here is an example of the Homestead Exemption form on the Bell County Appraisal District Site . You can simply visit the county appraisal district of your home to file. The completed application and required documentation are due no later than April 30 of the tax year for which you are applying. A late residence homestead exemption application, however, may be filed up to two years after the delinquency date, which is usually Feb. 1.

Change the Locks

Yep, the keys you receive may or may not be all the copies that belong to the home you are moving into. So invest in new locks. Besides it may be time for a new style anyway. New entry locks allow you to set the lock for the same key to work throughout your home which is so much better than back when we had a key for every door in the house.

Get to Know Your Home

Life happens. So it’s a great idea to make sure you know were your main shut-off valves are for your water and gas supplies. Also, make sure you know where your electrical panel is and what the breakers go to. Take a moment to test and label them while you are moving in so you don’t have to reset electronics if you test it later. And don’t forget to test the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Many local fire departments are happy to come help you with this important safety measure.

Enjoy your new home!

Get out and explore your new neighborhood, meet great new people, make amazing new memories. You worked hard, made a big decision, accomplished this goal, enjoy it.