Helpful Things to Remember Once You Purchase a Home

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You’ve got the property, now what?


You’ve got the property, but how many of us forget all the items we need to take care of after? About 5 days prior to your closing, and sometimes sooner, this list will help you prepare for your important day—MOVING!!!




The most important people to contact after you purchase your home are:

  • the insurance company
  • the resident manager
  • a locksmith

I’ve put together a checklist of everything to remember once you’ve purchased your home:

  • Re-key all doors/gates to property (Locksmith: Smart Alec 808.638.9526)
  • Notify resident/property/association manager at least 1 week prior to moving (ask your Realtor for information)
  • Obtain necessary car identification decals/security gate codes/pass codes from the resident manager
  • Fill out a change of address form for mail (at your local post office, or via USPS Mover’s Guide)
  • File Home Exemption Forms (due by 9/30 for next fiscal year) (City and County of Honolulu Property Assessment Office, Phone: 808-527-5539)
  • Telephone service (Hawaiian Telcom Phone: 808-643-3456—please call within 5 days of moving)
  • Electricity (Hawaiian Electric Co. Phone: 808-548-7311)
  • The Gas Company (Phone: 808-535-5933 ext. 2)
  • Board of Water Supply (Phone: 808-748-5030)
  • Hawaii American Water Co. (Phone: 866-430-0826) (This is the sewer company for property located in the Hawaii Kai area only)
  • The Honolulu Star-Advertiser (Phone: 808-538-6397)
  • Oceanic Cable (Phone: 808-643-2337)
  • Insurance company for homeowner’s insurance (Contact Breanne Shimabukuro, Business Insurance, 808.853.3412, or Young Park, State Farm, 808.524.9997)
  • Bank/credit card accounts
  • Motor Vehicle Office
  • Children’s schools
  • Doctor, dentist, etc.
  • Employer, family, and friends
  • Magazine subscriptions
  • Contact Property Manager to manage property if for investment
  • Contact accountant for General Excise Tax instructions
  • Transfer any warranties (i.e. termite, home, etc.)

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