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You just bought your first house. Congratulations! Buying a house can be an arduous process, and when you reach the end of it, you probably feel like celebrating. However, before you plan a party there are a few important details that you must take care of. Keep reading to learn more.

Change The Locks

First and foremost, it’s a good idea to change the locks. You don’t know how many people previously lived in the house over the years, so you don’t know how many sets of keys are floating around. Change the locks before you move in when it’s still empty. That way you won’t have to worry about anybody entering your home and stealing your possessions when you’re not there. While it might sound paranoid, as the saying goes, “It’s better to be safe than sorry.”

Hold Off On The Remodeling

You probably have a lot of ideas for how you will change your new home. Yet before you make any major changes, take some time to just live in the space and get a feel for it. It might turn out that the remodeling ideas you initially had in mind aren’t necessary. There’s no point in rushing to spend money that can be put you use in better ways.

Save All Of Your Documents

Throughout the entire home buying process, there are numerous documents you sign. Make sure you hold on to everything—especially any document that is related to your mortgage. Keep all of your documents in a safe place like in a safe deposit box at a local bank. Be sure to make copies that you can keep at home as well.

Say Hi To The Neighbors

It’s important to make a good impression on your neighbors since you’ll be living right next to them for the foreseeable future. Even if you don’t end up becoming friends with your neighbors, it’s important to get to know them in case of emergencies. Plus good neighbors look out for one another. You’ll want people to pay attention to any suspicious behavior when you’re not around, and then you can do the same for them.

Watch the Windows

Before you move anything into your new home, make sure people can’t see in. It’s likely that the previous resident took all of the curtains with them. You’ll probably prefer to move your stuff into your new home in privacy. Rather than purchase curtains visit a thrift store and buy blankets or towels to hang up. Once you’ve moved everything in you can go shopping for real curtains.