31 May 2012

So You’ve Just Bought a House… What’s Next?

Posted by bcsands

You’ve done all the paperwork and got the keys. You’ve just bought a house. Congratulations! Now it’s time to walk into your brand new address and get a really close look at what you’ve signed up for. One of the first things you should consider is how to get the very most from what is likely to be the biggest investment you can make.

The First Year – How to make Your House a Home

You will probably have spent most of your spare capital on the move, the purchase and many other essentials, but there are things you should take care of before settling in too much. Here is a list of the top 5 things you should consider doing just after moving in:-

  • Get the locks changed – you never know how many copies of the keys are out there, or who has them, so it is a prudent move to have the locks changed within the first week or so after moving into a new address. If you can afford it, get all the locks keyed alike so that you only need one key to get into every door that opens to the outside of the house.
  • Get the basics fixed – If there is a broken flyscreen or leaky window, repair it before it detracts from your joy of being the new owner. This is especially important for any faulty water-using device like a toilet, shower, sprinkler system or hot water tank.
  • Use paint to clean and update – painting is a great way to cover all the marks left by the previous people. The most important thing to bear in mind when choosing a paint scheme is how long you intend to live in the house. If you plan to live there ‘forever’ then go ahead and paint in extraordinary colours if you want to. But if you plan to sell in a 2-5 years’ time, then consider neutral tones throughout the house.
  • Repairing and cleaning the gutters – watch out for leaks in gutters and either clean or repair them as soon as possible to prevent damage to internal walls or ceilings.
  • Consider rendering the outside – if you have bought a double brick or brick-veneer home and don’t like the brick colour – be it the chocolate brown from the ‘70’s, or the textured clinker bricks from the 90’s then you have the option of rendering the walls. Render comes in so many finishes and colours that if you do this early on, you will add instant value and enjoy the benefits of not having to paint, repair mortar or clean bricks.


Remember, when you’ve just bought a house is it is going to take some time, effort and money to get it exactly the way you want it. So prioritise your wish list in the one of the following ways:

  • From the most to the least essential job that needs to be done
  • From the cheapest to the most expensive
  • From the most to the least important to you


Planning these things will not only present you something to work towards, but also give you time to enjoy all the little and big projects that convert a house into a home.

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