So you’re about to close on your new home. You’ve started packing the boxes and are getting ready to move out and start the next big chapter in your life. You probably spent a significant amount on the purchase, so you need to be careful with what you spend your money on in the next few weeks or months. Now is the perfect time to go through a few items that you’ll need to save money in the years to come.
Buy new locks
One of the first things you should do is replace the locks on your new home. You never know who may have a spare key for your locks, so replacing them as soon as you move in can protect you from a possible burglary in the future.
Replace fluorescent, tungsten, or halogen lighting with LED
Replacing energy-draining lighting systems with LED can save you a lot of money in the long run. Though LEDs are more expensive, they consume significantly less power and last much longer than traditional bulbs, making them well worth the high upfront cost.
Check insulation and install more if necessary
Check the insulation in and around the attic, ceiling and walls if you can. There should be at least six inches of it. If inadequate or damaged, have new insulation installed. The state of Oklahoma offers incentives on insulation, so ask about it from your real estate agent.
Install ceiling fans in high traffic rooms
Ceiling fans circulate the air in your home, and because of this, you won’t have to push your HVAC system as hard to keep the temperatures in your home comfortable. Thus, you’ll be able to keep your thermostat a degree or two higher or lower than needed, which can help you net large savings.
Things to Buy After Buying a Home, thebalance.com
The First 10 Things You Should Buy for Your New Home, realtor.com