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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De-stress for the Holidays

giftEveryone knows the holidays can be one of the most stressful times of the year. According to a survey by the American Psychological Association 75% of Americans are stressed out as the holidays grow closer. Don’t let the worries of this time of year overwhelm you and ruin the spirit of the season!

Here are some tips to help you de-stress :

Prioritize.
When you know what’s important it makes it easier to accomplish those goals first or devote more focus towards their completion. It is when we forget what we need to put the most attention on that stress can creep in. Without clear priorities you can begin to feel very overrun very quickly. Create just a few moments each day to examine and outline what things are most crucial for that day, or the coming day.

Let go of perfection.
When we aim for perfection more often than not we will find that it is a moving target! We can strive for it, but truly it is not a thing to be obtained; this is sort of related to creating priorities. Is it better to obsess over one goal at the detriment to another? Better to focus on what can be accomplished in one task and then move to the next. Let go of idealized outcomes around the holidays and find value in the simplicity of some things simply being. Start loving your life completely, just as it is, right where you are and you may soon realize that joy flows from within; is not something created outside of our hearts.

Breathe!
Don’t let the insanity of preparation, finding gifts, trying to make everything JUST right ruin the holiday itself. This should be a time of enjoyment, sharing, and appreciating the things you’ve already worked all year to create. Make sure you make time for yourself, just to relax, just to enjoy. This more than anything can help take a lot of the anxiety out of the season.

We want to take this moment to thank you for allowing us to share our services with you over this past year; we feel very blessed to be able to be part of one of the biggest parts of your life – your home. More than a home finding or home selling service, we want to be a resource you can draw upon long after the transaction is done so that we can truly help make your home happier. Be sure to visit our Idaho real estate website for the best homes on the market, and LIKE us on Facebook to stay up on great local events and information!

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