First-Time Buyer Series #9: How To Buy A Home – Prior To Moving In

Buying your first home on Oahu can be a very exciting time for any prospective first-time homeowner. My job as a first-time buyer specialist is to make my first-time buyers feel comfortable and confident going through the home process. As first-time buyers, it’s natural to feel a little overwhelmed and nervous, but with the right real estate agent with you along the way, the process will also be fun, educational, and all the worthwhile! 

Congratulations! You’ve purchased a home and have a set move-in date. What comes next? Read on below for a list of important items & helpful reminders that you may want to consider, prior to moving into your new home.   

Prior to moving in, you may want to start up the following utility services:

  • Telephone/Landline Service
  • Cable/Internet Service
  • Electricity
  • Natural Gas (if applicable)

After moving in, here are some items you may want to consider taking care of:

  • Re-key all doors/gates to the property for security purposes
  • Notify your resident/property/association manager of your residency if necessary

Update the following mailing addresses if applicable:

  • Fill out a change of address form with USPS
  • Bank/Credit Card Accounts
  • DMV/Driver’s License
  • Voter’s Registration
  • Children’s Schools
  • Doctors, Dentist, etc. 
  • Employer
  • Family/Friends
  • Magazine Subscriptions 
  • Etc.

Now that you’ve officially gone through the entire escrow process, read on to First-Time Buyer Series #10: 25 Tips for a First-Time Buyer for even more info on what to expect!

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