TIPS TO CONSIDER AFTER BUYING A HO– — USE IN CANADA
First of all thanks to Pinoy-Canada.com team by publishing my first article. I’m happy and got inspired to share more on our experiences to help the new immigrants. I would like to tell you those tips that we learned from our relatives and friends when we first arrived here in Canada years ago. To pay it forward, we are happy to contribute it to others.
You can click Buying a House to read its Part 1 then here are the tips after you bought that dream house:
– authored by Aryel Patio
1) HOME INSURANCE.
Make sure that you have home insurance. It is a requirement, the mortgage broker or lawyer will not give you the house keys if you don’t have any home insurance. There are lots of legal procedures you need to go through such as quit claim deed florida, if you’re unsure of any of the procedures, contact a lawyer.
Ahead of time, ask friends if they have empty boxes for you to use in packing your things. Or try to ask COSTCO, SUPERSTORE, and WALMART to give you their used empty grocery boxes.
3) RE-PAINT THE HO– — USE.
Before you move, this is the best time to change the paint colors especially if you don’t like it. Particularly if it is during summer time or you are not in a hurry moving in.
Same thing with item#3, while you don’t have any furniture inside, this is the best time to put new carpets or hire a professional to general clean it.
Same thing with item#3&4, while you don’t have lots of things inside, this is the best time to hire professionals to clean the vents especially if you buy pre-owned house.
If you already have access to the house, you can already start bringing your stuffs one by one. So that, when the moving in day comes, there will be lesser things to carry. You might find yourself not hiring a U-Haul anymore. You can always find an ebay courier to help transport heavy furniture from the van to your home safe and easily.
7) READ METERS.
Read your hydro and water meter immediately and report it to the city or your locality. Explain to them that it was your first day there and the reading is for the start of your electricity and water usage. It is better to know your first usage so that it can compare to the usage of the previous owner.
8) NEW ADDRESS.
Update your friends, company, billing companies, Service Canada and others about your new address. You can try to call Canada post to forward all your mails to your new address. If you have ordered a new king size mattress to be delivered to you new home, be sure to update the company on your new address. Make sure that all your important bills like credit card and banks are updated. Just in case you forgot someone to update just politely ask a favor to the person living to your previous house or apartment to collect all your mails and make arrangements to them in getting your mails.
9) CABLE, TELEPHONE and INTERNET.
Plan ahead and get a schedule for installation at least a day after you move.
10) HO– — USE ALARM.
If you don’t have a security house alarm, try to consider having one. It will be a great help you are going on a vacation or will be away for a long period of time. Check your local dealer for a very affordable price. If there is an existing house alarm, change immediately the key pass or password.
11) RICE AND SALT.
If you believe in superstitions like us, bring rice and salt to your new house because they said it brings luck to the family living in the house.
If possible greet your new neighbor. It will be a great help if you are on good terms with your neighbor. You can ask a favor with them to look after your house if you are not there. Like our good neighbor they lawn mower our grass, so be a good neighbor and befriend them.
13) SCHOOL. If you have kids, enrolling them in their new school is vital. Checking online to see where the local schools are based is a good start to enrollment. For example, https://www.brentwoodtnhome.com/schools/ lists all the schools available in the area of Brentwood.
Lastly, enjoy your new house and don’t forget to invite us to your house blessings or house warming. 🙂
Click link to read Tips to Consider Before Buying A House.
Source. Aryel Patio at Life of Peg Group.