New Homeowner’s Guide

Updated: Jul. 27, 2023

From making an offer on your dream home to navigating your first year of DIY home repairs, the experts at Family Handyman will guide you through your landmark journey of new homeownership.

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Guide For New Homeowners

Buying a new home is a monumental step in your life and likely one of the biggest purchases you’ll ever make. We have all your DIY tips, maintenance task checklists and key product recommendations to help you feel excited about your new home and empowered to truly make it your own.

What to Do Before You Close on a Home

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Being organized is the name of the game right before you close on a home. It’s important to have your all of your financial documents in order and to create a plan that fits your needs and lifestyle. Getting ready to set up and schedule your utilities and do a change of address is just the beginning. Refer to our guide on What to Do Before You Close on a Home.

What to Do After You Close on a Home

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Congratulations! You’ve closed on your new home. Before you pack up your bags and hire a moving company, you should make a running list of what needs to be done before you move in, because there’s a lot. But don’t let it overwhelm you; we’re here to help. If you stay focused on the priorities, you’ll be settled in and enjoying your house in no time. Refer to our guide on What to Do After You Close on a House.

What to Do and Expect in Your First Year of Homeownership

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Once you’ve closed on your new home and moved in, get ready to make it your own. There are so many projects you can do in the early months of moving into your home as well as within the first year. Whether you’re looking at the interior and considering upgrading the walls with a fresh coat of paint, fixing a door knob or adding a fixture, or if you’re looking at the exterior and considering new landscaping ideas, being a new homeowner is a labor of love. Refer to our guide on What to Do and Expect in Your First Year of Homeownership.

What You’ll Need for Your New Home

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Buying a house is rarely as simple as getting the keys and settling in. Even if you didn’t buy a fixer upper, you’ll most likely be spending some money giving your new place some level of customization, which is part of the fun of being a new homeowner. We have a list of the most essential things you’ll need, including basic tools, cleaning supplies and key appliances. Refer to our guide on What You’ll Need for Your New Home.

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