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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Looking for Your First Home? It doesn’t have to be a bumpy road!

reo-homesYou’ve talked about it, maybe even looked around, and it’s final: it’s time to buy your first home and invest in what will likely be one of your most valued assets in years to come. While this is no doubt a thrilling time, it can also be frought with uncertainty and stress – but it doesn’t it have to be. We’ve put together a few things to keep in mind and plan ahead for to help make the buying process a little more hassle-free!

Buy New ? Buy Used?
This is one of the first questions to ask when initially looking for your new home. With real estate in Idaho, especially new construction, beginning to bounce back it some times can be favorable to have a home built new than to buy an existing one. Building new also allows you to pick out more of the details of what you want and to customize the home to you. Buying an existing home may allow you a better location, or a better price, so take both sides of this tip into consideration when browsing properties.

Finding the Right Home
It’s more than price – although an affordable home is always advisable. It’s about the perfect combination of what you want in the home itself, it’s location, it’s cost, and it’s various features. There are millions of ways to find real estate these days; if you’re casually browsing just about any one will do. We definitely recommend searching for a home online before spending time and gas driving all over town. You can find the best homes in Idaho on our website very easily; our agents are always glad to setup a time to show you homes you’re interested in.

Begun the Bidding Wars Have
As the real estate market recovers the return of multiple offers have come back to the market; one of the most frustrating times in the whole home buying process can be just doing the dance that is price negotiation. It is not even uncommon for buyers to be outbid on multiple homes, that they even may have qualified for a mortgage on, which isn’t to say it happens on every home, but be prepared for a little wild west real estate cross fire when it does.

Opening Closing and In Between
Once everything is in place, the home inspection done, and closing begins you can generally breathe a little sigh of relief. Rely on your REALTOR® they are there to answer questions, help your understand the process, and do more than just shuffle the paperwork (although there will be plenty of that to thank them for too!).

We hope these simple things will help you prepare and give you a place to start looking for your new home. If you have any questions we are always glad to help! Feel free to look us up on Facebook as well to see featured homes and stay up on local Boise area information!

New Homeowners: Pack It Up!

Moving can be one of the most stressful times in your life. SO many things to organize and pack, utilities to shut off, mail to be forwarded, where’s the dog?, did we let everyone know our new address and on and on. Anyone who’s gone through a move before knows there is a lot more that goes into it than there used to be when it was just a matter of finding a buddy with a truck who could be suckered into toiling their weekend away.

To help make your next move easier we’ve put together a few good ideas to keep things going smoothly:

Give Yourself TIME
Moving day will be here sooner than you expect! It seems like there is never enough time to get it all done – so be sure to start early! If you start off from a rush you will only end up making things more difficult on yourself along the way. Start early, do little things each day even if the exact move date isn’t yet set in stone.

Look for Ways to Save
This can be anything from packing your boxes yourself rather than paying the movers to do it, or cleaning up your old house rather than hiring a service before you leave. Packing your own stuff can help insure your things will be safe, and doing your own cleaning will help make sure you get any deposits returned and also save you cost. In many cases there is no need to pay for packing supplies if you are doing it yourself – try hitting up your local appliance, grocery, or department stores to find free boxes!

Keep Your Receipts
Save receipts for moving boxes, packing services, anything that goes into your move, because these things may be tax deductible. To determine who’s eligible, the IRS has set up two tests. Pass them and you can cash in; fail and you have to eat all the costs of your move. Keep in mind, the IRS lets you take this deduction only if you are moving because of a job. And it doesn’t matter if it’s a new job, the same job or your first job.

Make a Checklist
For the super-organized: make a checklist inventory of your packed items. This will help you know exactly what you’ve got to move, and where it needs to go. If you’ve got a lot of stuff a itemized list of your things will make it much easier to move; if you are using a moving service this may be essential if items do get lost.

Color Coordinate
Give each room in the new house a color. Mark the boxes that have the items for those particular rooms with a matching color sticker or tag them with a matching color marker. This is a great way to save time when it’s time to move everything in – you can even assign each family member their own color responsibilities so they can help with the unpacking!

No move is ever 100% for sure hassle free, but putting these tips to work can at least help soothe some of the insanity that usually comes along with the relocation process. If you are moving to Idaho and want to find out more about the area we have a great deal of FREE Idaho Relocation Info on our website; we hope you’ll feel free to contact us if we can be of any help in getting you into the home you’ve been dreaming of.