Sunday, January 18, 2009

Don't Leave Your New House Open After the Closing

You've just closed on a new home - congratulations! Whether it's your first or your tenth, what's the first thing you want to do? Move in, of course! But, wait - there's one thing you should do before you start carting in the furniture and your belongings.

Change all the locks.

If it's an existing residence, you don't know who besides the former owner might have keys. (And if the owner "has a past" or has ticked off a relative's worthless signification other - you just never know, do you?) You're not off the hook if it's a brand spanking new place, either. Again, the contractor or agent might have loaned out keys to subcontractors or drivers making deliveries.

If you're a handyperson, this could potentially be a do-it-yourself job. If not, get some hired help so you can sleep better at night, right from the start.