The day has finally arrived! You leave the closing table with the keys to your new house and you're officially a homeowner. You're ready to take a few pictures in front of the sold sign, pop open a bottle of champagne to celebrate, prepare to unload a truck full of boxes, and eventually order a pizza to refuel from the busy day. It's going to be an exciting time but before you get settled in for a Netflix binge, make a list and tackle these few things first!
TEST YOUR SMOKE & CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS: This should be one of the very first things you do to protect your home and your family. Pick up extra batteries to keep on hand or consider updating these to smart devices for extra safety. The smart smoke detectors such as the Nest will allow you to integrate the device to an app that will alert you when smoke is detected. They're more expensive than your typical smoke detector but well worth the extra cost. While you're at it, purchase fire extinguishes for your home and know how to use them incase of emergency.
CHANGE THE LOCKS: Changing the locks on a new home is a standard safety measure to take but can't be done until after closing. Swing by your local hardware store to pick up new locks before the big moving day so that you are sure to get them taken care of right away. Sometimes the simplest things can get buried to the bottom of our to do lists when we don't prepare in advance!
GET TO KNOW YOUR HOUSE: Before you move in, you'll have had a Home Inspection which is a fantastic way to learn about your new home. You'll want to know where major things are located such as the circuit breaker box and the main water shut off valve. Keep a copy of your Home Inspection report so you can refer back to it if you are just learning about how all of these mechanicals work.
FORWARD YOUR MAIL: I know this sounds like common sense but the US Postal Service will actually stop forwarding mail 6 months after you move. In order to be sure that you are receiving everything you need, go online and get this taken care of first thing on the day of closing to get it out of the way.
DO A DEEP CLEAN AND TACKLE LARGER PAINTING PROJECTS: This one can be done while watching your favorite Netflix show if you want! The best time to do a deep clean is when the house is empty and free from large furniture. If you're moving in the day you close, you could wait to unpack boxes for rooms that are harder to clean such as the kitchen and bathrooms. You could even hire a professional cleaning service to do one big clean before you move in so you don't have to worry about it and instead focus on unpacking!
Painting is one of the first projects new homeowners tackle when moving into a new house. Everyone has different taste so its unlikely that you'll love all of the paint colors that the previous owner chose. Consider picking out the colors you like and painting before moving your furniture in. It makes the process a whole lot easier and you can even invite your friends to help. It's called a painting party - all you have to do is provide them with pizza and beverages and people always seem more than happy to help!
Time to get to start tackling this list so you are ready to go when closing day arrives. You'll be able to sleep safe and sound knowing you took care of these things before the sold sign goes up! If you're not in the middle of a home buying purchase but want to learn more about the process, reach out to me so we can set up a time to chat!
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"I tried to sell last year and I was unsuccessful so I decided to get some new opinions on what I should do. I interviwed two agents when I was getting ready to sell my home the second time. Angela and the other top person in the area. I was very impressed with both and both she and Angela came up with similar values for our home. The problem was that Angela's value was with me doing three projects and the other Realtor told me that I did not have to do anything. My wife and I were leaning on going with the other Realtor and Angela asked if she could come over and go over a few things with us.
She pulled out the comparable homes that we had picked together when she first met with us and she asked us to look at the pictures. All of the things that Angela was telling us we should do were done on those homes.
She then asked us to think about the signs that we have seen in the area that were his and the signs that we have seen in the area that were hers. Then she asked us one really good question. she said "Do you want to list with the agent that has his signs go up, quickly have a sold sign and then the sign disappears or list with the agent that seems to have the signs up forever. It seemed really logical but we had never thought about it that way. I had always thought about how many signs I saw for the other agent. It made sense that the other agent was not doing more business than, it's that her signs stayed up much longer.
We were convinced to list with Angela but we told him that we thought that our home would be able to sell without doing the things that Angela had suggested. she told us she would market our home like it was the best thing on the market. A month later our home had not sold. she told us we could do the things that she had suggested or drop the price to match the value.
Being a stubborn German, I did two of the things that Angela suggested but not the third. Three weeks later, Angela was talking to me about feedback. she told me that we were going to hurt ourselves unless we decided on one path or the other. Either finish the last project or drop the price before we were stale on the market.
I finished the last project, we went back on the market and sold three showings later. I tell my friends that it was just luck but I know different. Everything that Angela told us she was going to do, she did. Everything that Angela told us was going to happen when we first met with him happened. The price we would get for our home if we did the projects she said we needed to do, we got (once we did the project) she told us the truth and I am grateful that we listed with him and I would suggest that anyone selling a home interview him.