So, you are a new homeowner -- at least a new owner whether your new home is old or new.
Here are some tips that may prove useful in the future, advice about some things that are easily overlooked and matters that most people just don't think about.
If it is a new house and you are dealing with the builder, ask him when you move in for the following:
A list of all subcontractors who worked on the house.
Manufacturers' instruction manuals and guarantee slips for the appliances in the house.
If possible, get some of each of the paints used in the house for touch-up jobs. See if the painter can tell you the color-mix numbers, the brand of paints used in each room and on the exterior.
If the property is served by a septic tank, have the builder point out the exact location and its leach line field.
Even if you have to buy them, try to obtain a full set of house blueprints from the builder.
If it is an existing house, see if the former owner can supply you with blueprints, or he may have knowledge of where they could be obtained. These could come in handy in the event you wish to remodel later. Or the blueprints could be helpful in the case of major structural repairs.
Unless you are experienced in plumbing, ask the builder or former owner to go through the house with you and point out switches, valves and other items that might need maintenance.
Be sure to find out what the warranty period is on your hot water heater, furnace and other equipment. Be sure to get those warranty slips.
In the event you buy a new house from a builder who participates in the HOW (Home Owners Warranty) program, you will be protected from any major structural or other defects for a period of up to 10 years. The builder automatically will give you the warranty, but go over this document with him, so you'll be informed about the extent of the warranty's coverage and protection.
If you are new to the area, you might aske the builder or former owner whom he recommends to do future repairs or maintenance work.
If possible, have the electrician mark the circuits controlled by each circuit breaker on the lid of the circuit breaker box.
Most models have a special label attached to the inside just for this purpose. The electrician should be able to do it easily since most houses built in the past 10 years are fairly standard. Other wise, you would have to do this by trial and error.
In the event of an emergency, or even just routine need, you could be pleasantly surprised how handy and convenient this knowledge will serve you as a home owner or occupant.