Newlyweds: Here Are 5 Factors to Consider when Buying Your New Home
Now that the wedding is over, you and your spouse are ready for the next exciting milestone: homeownership. There are so many factors you need to keep in mind and you want it to be a pleasant house-hunting experience. The following are just a few things you should take into account when you’re in the market for a new home.
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Spring Home Checklist – Don’t let small problems grow into major repairs. Inspect and, if necessary, fix the following so your home stays in tip-top shape.
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Doors and Windows: Inspect for broken glass, breached seals and damaged screens. Ensure window and door hardware operates properly.
Interior: Check attic for water penetration. Look for moisture in ceilings or around windows. Check stairs and railings for loose/damaged parts. Test smoke alarms. (Change batteries every 6 months.) Inspect tile for missing grout. Check caulking around showers, bathtubs, sinks and toilets.
Foundation/Masonry: Check foundation and chimney for deterioration. Inspect wood sufaces for weathering or paint failure. Check decks, porches, stairs and railings for loose/worm parts. Make sure water doesn’t pool around foundation.
Roof: Check for missing, loose or damaged shingles/tiles and flashing. Inspect fascia and soffits for damage. Clean gutters and downspouts.
Heating and Cooling: Clean or change furnace filters. Remove materials that block furnace and air handler. Service air conditioning system.
Plumbing: Examine supply valves for leaks or corrosion. Check water heater for leaks or corrosion. Inspect sinks, showers, toilets and tubs for leaks. Check lawn sprinklers for leaks and adjust sprinkler heads. Test well water.
Electrical: Check exposed wiring for damage and wear. Test circuit breakers and ground fault/arc-fault interrupters.
A safe home is a happy home!
Are you protecting your new home? There are many things that can destroy your home or your thoughts of being safe in your own home. Here are 10 things for you to consider when protecting your new purchase:
1. Install smoke/carbon monoxide alarms on every level. Test monthly and replace batteries on Jan. 1 of each year.
2. Buy an ABC multipurpose fire extinguisher for the kitchen, where half of all fires occur. Check pressure annually.
3. Plug major appliances into wall outlets, not extension cords, which can overheat.
4. Create escape plans for all rooms and place escape ladders in upstairs bedrooms.
5. Change locks on exterior doors and confirm that all doors and windows lock securely.
6. Consider adding a home alarm system with motion detectors.
7. Place wireless water alarms under washing machine and sinks. Install flood-safe hoses on washing machines.
8. If you evacuate when a dangerous storm hits, turn off utilities to deter flooding and fires. Also make sure to turn off water valve when traveling to avoid floods.
9. Install downspout extensions to carry heavy rains away from the foundation.
10. Trim trees and shrubs so weakened branches won’t fall on home or be propelled into windows by high winds.
You have invested a large sum of your hard-earned money in purchasing your home. Make sure to inpect inside and outside of your home monthly for signs of any damage. Repair damage when you find it to avoid costly repairs later. For more information on home protection ideas, contact me today. Ready to purchase? I’m here for you.