Closing on a home is an exhilirating and exhausting experience. You thought all the hard work was simply in picking a place to build your future? Well, not really. The closing is like crossing the last hurdle on the track before move-in day. You have to make sure your financing is in order, appraisals and inspections are completed and all the i’s and t’s are dotted and crossed in the contract. With all the steps you need to cover, it’s ok to feel overwhelmed. However, at some point, you need to focus and make sure the most important purchase of your life is completed flawlessly. Chris Sigg, an associate in our New Canaan office, put together the Ultimate Guide to Post Closing and Move-In-Day below. Check it out and tap into his wealth of knowledge on his blog.
The move in manual is a checklist when you are buying a home of information needed from the seller.
Manuals for Appliances and Systems: These should be kept in one place for the home inspection. Review the model names and numbers to see if any have been recalled.
Water Heater: Type, Service date, and name of Company that does the service
Furnace: Is there a maintenance contract , Type, How many zones ? What room does each thermostat serve. Is there a humidifier built in. Service date and Company that does the service
Electrical Service: How many amps is the panel ? Are the fuses detailed with each room ? Name of electrician that has worked on the house.
Air Conditioner: Is there a maintenance contract , Type and number of zones. Is there one thermostat for the entire house or multiple ? Name of company that services the unit and last service date.
Sprinkler System: How many zones ? Last time it was worked on and name of the company that services it ?
Alarm System: Co0des, Name of Company that provides service and length of the contract
Refuse: Company that picks trash up, which day and what do they charge ?
Lawn Mowing: Which company and how much do they charge ?
Plow Service: How much and which company ?
Pool Service: Is there a maintenance contract , How much and which company ?
Phone, Cable, Internet: Which companies and how much?
Electric Company: What is the monthly/yearly cost and their phone number ?
Water: Town or Well ? If well when was it last serviced, which company and does it require a water pressure/ softening system. Town: what is the monthly/yearly cost and do they have a maintenance contract ?
Septic or Sewer ? If septic what was last date of service and the name of company ? Sewer: what is the cost and contact info ?
Paint colors: Is there leftover paint and which colors for each room and name of the painter ?
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