You’ve just bought your first home in beautiful Arizona.
Congratulations! What happens now, though? Well, that depends partly on your house and partly on where in Arizona it is located. If your home is in the forested northern half of the state, chances are you live somewhere with significantly snowy winters and moderate summers. If you live in the more well-known, arid southern half of the state, you likely live in a location that has mild winters and very hot summers. This can affect many of your decisions going forward, such as whether or not to install a pool, preparing your house for changes in the weather every season, whether or not to get landscaping done and more. Here are some things you should do the moment you finish unpacking.
Now that you have finished unpacking, the first thing you absolutely need to do is thoroughly check out your home. You likely will have or need home insurance, so take the time now to make a list of everything you own in the event of a fire or other event that can cause you to lose items of value. If you can, try to take pictures of everything to document the exact condition each item was in as well. If the need should ever arise, this will help you to show your insurance provider precisely what was damaged or lost and get the compensation you need. Insurance companies love to find excuses not to pay you what you are due, so give them no excuse to lessen your deserved compensation.
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The next thing you should do right away is get your home professionally inspected for anything the seller did not repair. It is common in Arizona homes to find pests depending on where you live. Before moving in it’s smart to have a pest control inspector look over the house. http://www.greenhomepest.com/ covers most of the valley. Also you will need to know if there are any plumbing problems, where your emergency water shut-off valve is, if anything is damaged that you did not notice before, where the smoke detectors and fire extinguishers are, where your water, electrical and gas meters are and the general state that your home is in. Also be on the lookout for potential future issues like any ant hills that may be in your yard or any cracks or leaks you find, if any. One idea is to make a recording of anything your home inspector finds so that you can document the condition the house was in when you moved in. Whatever you decide, make sure you get your house thoroughly inspected both for safety and insurance purposes.
Now that the initial inspections are out of the way, what you need to do next is invest in some basic tools you will need around the house and garden. This is where the location of your house comes into play. You can buy a toolset from a hardware store or throw together your own, but either way you will need the following if you do not own them already:
- Safety glasses to protect your eyes
- A hammer for driving in and removing nails, preferably one with a steel handle
- A powered drill and drill bits for quickly putting together furniture that needs assembly
- A tape measure, for many reasons including measuring entryways prior to buying new furniture
- A utility knife for cutting rope, drywall and more
- A level or spirit level for hanging pictures
- Small and large adjustable crescent wrenches
- Channel-lock pliers, needle nose pliers and lineman’s pliers for cutting wire
- Paint brushes, paint rollers and a paint tray for fixing minor cosmetic damages
- A round-point shovel for planting plants and trees in your garden
- A rake for clearing leaves in fall, if you live in northern Arizona
- A garden spade for planting flowers, herbs and smaller plants
- A flat-edge shovel for snow, if you live in northern Arizona
Some other useful tools you can buy include items such as power saws, vice grips and lawnmowers, but the list above should cover most of the basic tools you need. It would also be a good idea to invest in a storage rack for your garage or tool shed.