Plan a party right away, plus more expert tips that might surprise you. You’ve signed and initialed on all the dotted lines. The house is yours — no more landlords or leases. Enjoy it. Revel in it. Even spend a night in your new, empty home on an air mattress with a box of pizza before things start to get real (it’s a memory you might appreciate down the road). But when the house honeymoon’s over, there’s work to be done, and certain things belong on a “the sooner the better” list. These nine expert tips offering guidance on what to do before you move into your new home just might surprise you.
You can research the market and attend open houses on your own, but call in a local real estate agent when you're ready to take your home search to the next level.
The growth of online real estate listings meansconsumers are equipped with information very early in the home buying process. A generation ago, to get listing information and