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Chapter 10: Settling Into Your New Home

left">With all the hard work behind you, take a few moments in your first week and first month to check on paperwork and other home maintenance pieces to ensure you have your home both financially and physically secure.


Settling Into Your New Home

Week 1

  • Collect all relevant appliance manuals in one place.
  • Find a safe place to store or scan your mortgage, note, deed and closing documents for future reference.
  • Keep your home warranty information at the ready should you want anything checked within the first year of ownership.
  • Keep your first mortgage payment bill handy, in case your mailed copy arrives later than expected.
  • Take note of any regularly scheduled street cleaning or other parking restrictions in your neighborhood.
  • Make sure your fire extinguisher is up-to-date and if not, spring for a new one.
  • Check to make sure your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are in working order.

Month 1

  • Look out for your first mortgage payment in the mail. Setting up paperless billing or automatic monthly payments via your new loan account can make the process a bit easier!
  • Make sure your tax bill is in your name and that you will receive your homeowner’s exemption. You can do this by visiting cookcountyassessor.com and search your property using your address or PIN.
  • Locate your alderperson’s office and the offices of other important local officials.
  • Look into security systems for your new home. Having an active system in place might also get you a discount on your homeowner’s insurance.


Lastly, keep in touch with your Dream Town realtor. We love hearing about your home and family milestones. And should you need a recommendation for annual home check ups, repairs, or other home services, your realtor is a great resource.

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