After months of searching, you have finally found the perfect home in Berks County. First-time homebuyers are often excited and anxious about adapting to homeownership. Buying a home is synonymous with endless maintenance, financial obligations and other responsibilities that are not necessary when renting.

Here are some essential things you should do when you buy your first home in Berks County.

Change the Locks

The locks on your doors and other access points should always be replaced when you purchase a pre-owned home.

It is impossible to know how many copies were made and who has a copy of the keys when the previous homeowners hand over all the keys. Possibly they forgot that they gave copies to friends or family members, or there could be one lying at the bottom of their purse. It's just another security level for you and your family to enjoy while in your new home.

You should make copies of your keys for family members and friends in case of an emergency when you have new locks installed.

Find a Trustworthy Handyman

Find a reliable and trustworthy handyman to help you with your home projects. A handyman needs to be capable of handling many different home services. Upon moving in, you may need someone to help you with various tasks, such as hanging artwork, installing TVs, and installing light fixtures. 

Plant trees for shade

If you plant shade trees along the exterior of your home, you'll be able to save money on your cooling bills (and also improve your landscaping). Shade trees keep your home cooler in the summer by reducing the amount of sunlight entering the home. Trees also improve your home's air quality. 

Clean and Paint Before Moving in

A professional cleaning service should be hired before you move your belongings into your new home, so that everything will be thoroughly, deeply cleaned. There is a good chance that the previous homeowners did not have the opportunity to do this before you moved in (unless this was included in the contract). Once you get a deep clean done, you can rest easy knowing all surfaces have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before you begin moving things around and using them daily.

Painting any rooms or areas in your new home before you move in is also highly recommended. Therefore, you will not have to work around your furniture in your current living space or deal with paint fumes. If you paint your new home before moving in, you can start making memories right away in a clean, fresh space.

Set up a Maintenance Schedule

Once you become a homeowner, you will have to maintain your home regularly, perform repairs, and perform other maintenance tasks. Despite the fact that maintenance can seem endless, it doesn't have to be a negative experience. If you establish a home maintenance schedule, you can feel confident in the condition of your house and prevent major problems from arising.

Some maintenance tasks are best left to the professionals even though most of them can be performed by homeowners. Establishing a relationship with a trusted professional for your home systems, such as HVAC, plumbing, and electrical, can greatly benefit you. Referrals from friends, family, and neighbors in the area may help you find a reliable company and begin building a relationship with them.

Set up an Emergency Fund

Buying a new home isn't cheap. It almost certainly took a long time to save up for a down payment, closing costs, legal fees, moving costs, etc. As you settle into your new home in Berks County, there are new costs you need to consider. You must allow yourself time to adjust to your new financial requirements, including mortgage payments, utility bills, maintenance costs, and other expenses.

Spend time establishing your new budget and rebuilding your savings. Make sure you have an emergency fund on hand at all times. Emergency repairs, such as a broken furnace or malfunctioning water heater, can be made with this option.

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