Real Estate: Tips Before Closing

brickHomeOne of the events that really puts solidity into the idea you are buying a new home is the final walk through. Unfortunately some home buyers don’t be a lot of importance on this act; in some cases just skip over it. But here it is, your new home, and it will only be a matter of time before the keys are in your hands…That alone is reason to be sure to do a final walk through of the home before closing.

A final walk through is a great opportunity to spot any last minute items that may need attention.

Here are a few things you should be on the lookout for:

Repairs: If it is part part of your purchase contract, the seller may have been required to make repairs. Now is a good time to make sure those have been taken care of to your satisfaction.

Major appliances: Be sure that any items that were to remain in the home are still there, and that they are in good working order.

Other Systems: Does the air conditioning, heat, and plumbing all function?

Remote Controls:  Some may see it as a minor thing but remotes to alarms, garage doors and other controls cost money – in some cases quite a lot of money – so be sure you’ve got them all in hand.

Stolen Sod?! Believe it or not some sellers have been guilty of walking off with the shrubbery! Imagine getting ready for your welcome home bbq only to find your lush oasis of a backyard is now bare! Look over what was there originally, what was agreed upon to stay, and talk to your agent if there are any discrepancies.

Closing time for a home can be a little overwhelming – with all the papers to gather and sign, funds to handle, moving – it can be a whirlwind of tasks. But take the time for a final walk through, it just makes good sense to  make sure everything is as it needs to be before you call it your own.

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Green Living in Idaho: 3 Easy Tips

recycledGreen energy is a hot topic in Idaho these days, and as we move into the long days of Summer conserving energy in your home will become even more important.

Energy saved is money saved! Not only that but by saving energy from being needed to are helping protect infrastructure, limit the possibilities of brown-outs, and are also helping reduce pollution.

Here are three great tips to go a little greener in your home!

Change Those Filters!
Changing your air filters can make a huge difference in the quality of air in your home, especially as we go into these warmer, more dusty months ahead. In most cases changing the filters in your home is something most homeowners can do easily themselves, and filters are generally also very affordable.

Use Greener Bags
It’s a small thing but it really adds up big for the environment – switch to using cloth or fabric grocery bags when you shop. If you must use plastic, or forget to bring your cloth bags from home be sure and recycle those plastic ones next time you go back. Every year millions of plastic bags are produced and thrown away, cluttering our landfills and landscapes; by just making this simple switch we can make a huge cumulative difference.

Conserve Water
This can be done by taking a shorter shower, upgrading your old water heater, or swapping out your fixtures. Modern aerators for instance can be equipped on most faucets and showerheads to decrease the amount of water being used. Toilets as well can be upgraded from old style ones which can require up to 4 gallons of water per flush to more modern versions – saving potentially over 1,000 gallons of water every year.

These are all just minor suggestions that you can implement to save money and energy. It’s amazing how changing just a few small things can make a big difference! As your REALTOR®, it’s more than just selling you a home – we want you to be happy in your home for years to come. If you need the help of an experienced real estate professional we invite you to visit our website to connect with some of today’s top Idaho agents!

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