Congratulations on your home purchase!  Here’s a list of some simple low cost things to do to protect your new investment.

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  • Change the locks on your new home.  Check online for a local locksmith or if you are a weekend warrior, check Lowes and Home Depot for immediate new locks on every entry door.

Locksmith Name ________________________Phone ___________________.

  • Reset Key codes for garages, gates, entry doors etc.

Door location _____________________________  Code ___________________

Door location _____________________________  Code ___________________

Door location _____________________________  Code ___________________

Door location _____________________________  Code ___________________

  • Hide an extra key in a lockbox (not a location that others know about.)  Hiding the key under a fake rock doesn’t work.  Get a lockbox that is accessible to you and keep your spare key there.
  • Test your smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors.  You have a regular day to change the batteries, but this home is new to you, so make sure the batteries work now.
  • Check Water heater temp – set it the way you like it (normal is 120 degrees)
  • Check lights – make sure security lights and motion sensor lights have functioning bulbs.
  • Make sure each floor and kitchen have a place to keep your fire extinguisher.
  • Run through the lights and any appliances work.  Set up folders for service provider, date of service and contact information.  In a new location, you may need to find new service providers, even when bringing your own appliances.  Checking this info now, will save frustration later.
  • Keep your original mortgage loan, survey and title documents together, whether in a file or envelope, in a safe location.  When you receive your final title paperwork, add it to this file, for future reference.