Did you just buy a house? Congratulations! That’s quite a big deal, especially in the current housing market. As you get settled in, you might be wondering what you need to do to be a responsible homeowner. So we’ve compiled a handy little list of essential homeowner tips for you!

5 Essential homeowner tips

Find a reliable handyman & contractor

Good help is essential. We’d recommend finding a reliable handyman that you can count on to help you with all the tasks required to get settled in. A good handyman is typically a jack of all trades and able to assist with all sorts of things from hanging artwork to installing light fixtures. If you’ve opted for a fixer-upper, we can’t stress enough how important it is to connect with a good, reliable contractor.

Introduce yourself

While we totally understand the desire to keep to yourself, we urge you to get out and meet your neighbors. You certainly don’t need to establish a weekly poker night, but know their names, numbers and who all lives in their household. Likewise, share that information with them. You never know when you’ll need a helping hand. Good neighbors look out for each other and keep an eye on one another’s properties. Establishing a good rapport with your neighbors can go a long way in creating an enjoyable living situation.

Be smart with your renovation projects

Whether you’ve purchased a fixer upper or there are just a few projects you want to tackle, we recommend taking things one project at a time. And as we mentioned earlier, we certainly urge you to work with a reliable contractor for these projects. Depending on your situation, consider taking some time in the home before getting started. This time can help you determine exactly how you’ll use the space to establish the blueprint for your renovation project.

Keep track of your home warranties and appliance manuals

As annoying as all the extra paperwork might seem, hang on to those warranties and manuals. You never know when you’ll need them. We recommend storing them all together in a safe place for easy access.

Change the locks

Go ahead and change all of the locks before you move in. You never know who the previous homeowners gave a copy of their key to: neighbors, friends, families, babysitters; the possibilities are practically endless. Give yourself a clean slate and get this task taken care of before you move your belongings in.

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