4 Crucial Things To Do After Closing On A Knoxville Home

It’s finally happened. You found the perfect Knoxville home for sale, wrote a flawless offer, completed inspections, and successfully closed on a home.

Now, you’re a homeowner and it feels like you’ve finally reached the end of a journey.  But, before close the book on your home buying journey, there are still some things to be done to ensure a smooth transition into your new Knoxville home.

Here are 4 crucial things to do after closing on a Knoxville home.

Change The Locks

knoxvillelocksOne of the first things you should do after closing on a Knoxville home is to change the locks. You never know who else has copies of the keys.

When a home is for sale, so many people have access to the house, it’s hard to say that you received all keys at closing. Realtors, handymen, family members, and neighbors have probably had access to the house.

For your safety and sanity, changing the locks is important. Contact a locksmith to come out and change the locks before you move into the house. If you need the name of someone, your agent should be able to refer you to someone. Changing the locks is affordable and will offer you the peace of mind to sleep better at night.

Turn On Utilities & Other Services

Every Knoxville utility company is a bit different about the time periods of when they will let you turn on utilities.

In some cases, you cannot set up utilities until you can provide proof that you’ve closed on a home. Others will allow you to set up utilities by just showing a copy of the signed purchase contract. It’s important that you check with your utility companies to see what their requirements are. Some will require you to go in person and put down deposits, while others will allow you to do it over the phone or online.

In addition, you’ll want to make other arrangements to turn on other services like cable or your trash pickup. These items can often be overlooked in the chaos of a move.

Forward Your Mail & Update Your Address

It’s important that you forward your mail and update your address after you close on a Knoxville home. Updating your address promptly will ensure that you don’t miss any important mail.

Here are a few examples of who you’ll want to notify for your change of address:

  • Credit card companies
  • Magazine subscriptions
  • Your bank
  • Friends and family members
  • Insurance companies
  • Doctors
  • IRS

It can take awhile to fully update your address with everyone, but changing your address with the post office will at least ensure in the meantime that you’re getting your mail.

Stow Closing Documents In A Safe Placedocument-428335_1280

In all the chaos of closing and a move, it can be easy for closing documents to get lost in the shuffle.

After closing it can be important to put closing documents in a safe place. This will ensure that you’re able to find them when you need them. You’ll want to have them handy if you need them to turn on utilities and when you need them to do your taxes.

In this day and age, programs like Evernote make it possible to store documents safely and securely. It also makes them easy to find and access from your cellphone, computer, and tablet.

Are you thinking about buying your first Knoxville home? Please let us know if there is anyway that Knoxville Home Team can assist you in your home search. You can contact Rick at 865-696-9002 or via email at Rick@KnoxvilleHomeTeam.Com. Or, you can contact Kati at 865-392-5880 or via email at Kati@KnoxvilleHomeTeam.Com.