Home buying is a process that often leaves you tired and happy at the same time. If you have just stepped into your new home that you have bought after several considerations, speculations and planning, you must be overwhelmed right now. However, your task does not end here especially, if you have bought this house/apartment from a seller who has been living in it. Before you settle down peacefully and happily in the new home, there are certain things that you need to take care of. Here is a detailed list.
- To begin with, make a checklist of all the home maintenance steps that you need to take right after you buy an apartment in Kolkata. Also prioritise them accordingly based on the tasks that you would like to complete on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis. Make sure that you execute the tasks perfectly for the first month and if you are able to do so, you will automatically get a hang of it and then, your home maintenance will never remain an issue in the future.
- Changing the old locks and making spare keys is one of the first things that you need to do once you start living in your new home. Installing new door hardware is not necessary. Changing only the set of basic doorknobs and locks should be fine and it will also not cost you much. Many homebuyers, in all their excitement of taking possession of the new home, forget about this small but very essential step. However, the faster you are, the higher will be the security standards of your new home.
- Whether your home is already partly furnished or not, go for energy efficient appliances when you set up the new ones. Focus on reliability and energy efficiency above all other factors; even if that considerably increases the cost you have to pay up front. An appliance that uses little energy and lasts 20 years is far, far cheaper over the long run than one that runs for seven years and guzzles electricity.
- LED and CFL bulbs can save you a lot of money on energy use over the long haul while also lasting longer than normal incandescent bulbs. Thus, these are more favourable towards your upfront investments. Consider installing some in various places — especially in areas where the lights may be in use for long periods, like the living room, or left on accidentally, like a back hallway or basement. CFL bulbs tend to be cheaper, but LED bulbs are usually preferable in terms of performance, and have come down in cost quite a bit over the past few years.
Keep these small things in mind to be able to live in a home that turns out to be way better than how you bought it or expected it to be. Happy home buying!