Are you using tap water? That's Ok, it's just usually higher in PH. Mine's the same as yours.
If you opt to lower it ever, peat moss pellets in the filter, or driftwood, will help.
The ammonia isn't too bad, but yes, until it's cycled, more water changes will help.
My tap water has .50 ammonia in it naturally...When I start a new tank, I use bottled and/or reverse osmosis water which has none. (If you use RO, you will have to add minerals back to it though, I use Seachem Replenish).
Then as the good bacteria grows, it can handle tap water ammonia & you can use it instead.