Buying a home is an exciting time in anyone’s life. But if you are a first-time homebuyer, this excitement is tenfold; you are starting your life in a home you can call all your own. Not only is this a beautiful and exciting time, it can be especially overwhelming. There are so many details to organize and so many things to do that it can be hard to ensure everything has been done properly.
Because of this, it’s easy for some first-time homebuyers to make mistakes with their home as soon as they move in. So to prevent this, we have outlined some common first-time homebuyer mistakes to keep an eye out for.
- Not changing the locks
You don’t know who has the keys to your home. Make sure the first thing you do on move in day is to change all the locks in your home.
- Not inspecting your roof
There could be small pockets of damage that are easily hidden, and you won’t know about them until it’s too late. So get up on a ladder or hire a professional to take a good look at your roof and check if the shingles are securely fastened.
- Not cleaning out the gutters
If you don’t thoroughly clean your gutters at least once a month, you could have plenty of problems in your home. More specifically, you could be suffering from water damage without even noticing it. When the gutters are clogged, the rainwater can easily overflow and pool near your foundation. All this water can cause basement water leaks that may require expensive foundation repair services down the line if they aren’t taken care of properly the first time around.
- Not checking your sump pump
For many homeowners, their sump pump is out of sight and out of mind. But if a sump pump malfunctions, you can easily have a wet basement emergency on your hands, which can be catastrophic. Typically, submersible sump pumps last five to 15 years, so keep an eye on the efficiency of your unit to make sure everything is working properly and nothing seems off.
When moving into your new home, be careful not to make these common mistakes, and your move will be a breeze.
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