What to Have on Hand for the New Owners
What to Have on Hand for the New Owners
April 30, 2015

Owner’s manuals and warranties for appliances left in the house. Garage door opener. Extra sets of house keys. A list of local service providers — the best dry cleaner, yard service, plumber, etc. Code to the security alarm and phone number of the monitoring service if not discontinued. As a courtesy, you could provide numbers to the local utility companies.…

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12 Tips for Hiring a Remodeling Contractor
12 Tips for Hiring a Remodeling Contractor
April 30, 2015

Get at least three written estimates. Check references. If possible, view earlier jobs the contractor completed. Check with the local Chamber of Commerce or Better Business Bureau for complaints. Be sure the contract states exactly what is to be done and how change orders will be handled. Make as small of a down payment as possible so you won’t lose…

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Low-Cost Ways to Spruce Up Your Home’s Exterior
Low-Cost Ways to Spruce Up Your Home’s Exterior
April 30, 2015

Make your home more appealing for yourself and potential buyers with these quick and easy tips: Trim bushes so they don’t block windows or architectural details. Mow your lawn, and turn on the sprinklers for 30 minutes before the showing to make the lawn sparkle. Put a pot of bright flowers (or a small evergreen in winter) on your porch.…

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Simple Tips for Better Home Showings
Simple Tips for Better Home Showings
April 30, 2015

Remove clutter and clear off counters. Throw out stacks of newspapers and magazines and stow away most of your small decorative items. Put excess furniture in storage, and remove out-of-season clothing items that are cramping closet space. Don’t forget to clean out the garage, too. Wash your windows and screens. This will help get more light into the interior of…

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5 Things to do Before Putting Your Home on the Market
5 Things to do Before Putting Your Home on the Market
April 30, 2015

Have a pre-sale home inspection. Be proactive by arranging for a pre-sale home inspection. An inspector will be able to give you a good indication of the trouble areas that will stand out to potential buyers, and you’ll be able to make repairs before open houses begin. Organize and clean. Pare down clutter and pack up your least-used items, such…

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Why You Should Work With A REALTOR
Why You Should Work With A REALTOR
April 30, 2015

Not all real estate practitioners are REALTORS®. The term REALTOR® is a registered trademark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of REALTORS® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics. Here are five reasons why it pays to work with a REALTOR®. You’ll have an expert to guide you through the process.…

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What's A Home Warranty?
What's A Home Warranty?
April 30, 2015

A home warranty is a service contract, normally for one year, which helps protect home owners against the cost of unexpected covered repairs or replacement on their major systems and appliances that break down due to normal wear and tear. Coverage is for systems and appliances in good working order at the start of the contract. Check your home warranty…

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What Not To Overlook On A Final Walk Through
What Not To Overlook On A Final Walk Through
April 30, 2015

It’s guaranteed to be hectic right before closing, but you should always make time for a final walk-through. Your goal is to make sure that your home is in the same condition you expected it would be. Ideally, the sellers already have moved out. This is your last chance to check that appliances are in working condition and that agreed-upon…

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What A Home Inspector Should Cover
What A Home Inspector Should Cover
April 30, 2015

Home inspections will vary depending on the type of property you are purchasing. A large historic home, for example, will require a more  specialized inspection than a small condominium. However, the following are the basic elements that a home inspector will check. You can also use this list to help you evaluate properties you might purchase. For more information, try…

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Take The Stress Out Of Home Buying
Take The Stress Out Of Home Buying
April 30, 2015

Buying a home should be fun, not stressful. As you look for your dream home, keep in mind these tips for making the process as peaceful as possible. Find a real estate agent who you connect with. Home buying is not only a big financial commitment, but also an emotional one. It’s critical that the REALTOR® you chose is both…

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Common Closing Costs For Buyers
Common Closing Costs For Buyers
April 30, 2015

You’ll likely be responsible for a variety of fees and expenses that you and the seller will have to pay at the time of closing. Your lender must provide a good-faith estimate of all settlement costs. The title company or other entity conducting the closing will tell you the required amount for: Down payment Loan origination Points, or loan discount…

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17 Tips For Packing Like A Pro
17 Tips For Packing Like A Pro
April 30, 2015

Moving to a new home can be stressful, to say the least. Make it easy on yourself by planning far in advance and making sure you’ve covered all the bases. Plan ahead by organizing and budgeting. Develop a master “to do” list so you won’t forget something critical on moving day, and create an estimate of moving costs. (A moving…

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