6 Things Everyone Buying a Home, Should Get After Closing.....

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Real Estate Agent with Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC RB14037276

6 Things Everyone Buying a Home, Should Get After Closing.....

You have planned and saved for this important day when you get the keys to your very own home.  You have been renting, since forever, not having to worry about leaky faucets, broken pipes, windows, etc., but now you are going to be on your own and responsible for everything. 

 

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1. Protect Your Investment

When you purchase a home, you think of all the things to adorn your new home, like new curtains, furniture, deciding what rugs to put where.

Instead, you need to get a Good Insurance Policy.  This one is not a matter of choice. You will need it before you close escrow.  You may have to spend up to $1,000 or more per year to cover your home, but to cut costs, you can combine your home insurance with the same company that insures your car. You never know when a storm will hit, a fire strikes, or even a flood from your broken washer hose.

2. Keep Your Family Safe

Did you hear that noise?  It sounds like someone is in the other room. How easy is it to get in that window?  These are some f the things you need to protect yourself from and give you a worry free night.  Your home should be safe and secure.  A home security system that calls the police or fire department would be ideal, but if you can't afford it, you can invest on sturdy deadbolts on the doors and good latches for your windows.  You may even think of getting a big, barking, ferocious-looking dog.

3. A Handyman at your disposal

 Since you have been either renting or living at home with your parents, you may not be able to make repairs in an emergency, like fixing broken pipes, or even have the tools that are needed in a moments notice. It is nice to have on your speed dial, someone that has the expertise to make repairs.  Contractors may take up to a week or more to show up as they put you on their to do list.

4. Lawn and Garden Control

I know that you have been thinking ever since you first saw the property, all the things you wanted to do with the yard and maybe planting a garden, putting in some shrubs and flowers.  That's fine, but you will need a lawn mower, shovels, rakes and maybe some barrels to put you grass or leaves in.

5. Emergency Kit

Things happen when you least expect it.  Be prepared with a disaster kit. You never now when you will have a power outage and how long it will last.  You should have a 3 days supply of water (a gallon per day, per person), a  flashlight and extra batteries, non perishable food, a first aid kit, radio warm jackets and blankets.

6. A Good Neighbor 

Not everything costs money. Meat your neighbors. It's nice to have someone that could bring in the paper or get the mail when you are out of town. Exchange phone numbers, you may even want to give them a key, in case you get locked out. Be more selective as to who you want to give your key to.

Remember, you are a home owner now and it is up to you to bail yourself out of a situation, so be prepared, be safe and secure.

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If you know someone that wants to buy or sell  home in Elkhart County or surrounding areas, have them call me:

Larry Johnston, 574-304-7577, Ekhart County Subdivisions, LLC, Elkhart, Indiana,

oe email larry@larry-johnston.com

 

 

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Liz and Bill Spear
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Larry, Some solid advice for the home owners to be!  A lot changes when you change your status from renter to home owner!

Nov 23, 2013 07:05 AM #1
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Larry, this is wonderful information for 1st time Buyers!  Many first-time homeowners fail to carefully think about the transition from renting into homeownership.  Perhaps I will use your points to create a handout for my clients!  Thank you for sharing.

Nov 23, 2013 08:28 AM #2
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Hi Bob, I agree with both Liz and Bill and Bette that you have great information for first time buyers and you should receive lots of clicks too!.  Have a great weekend and Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 23, 2013 09:22 AM #3
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Larry Johnston
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Hi Liz and Bill, Thanks for the nice comment.  You are right about the transition.

Nov 23, 2013 10:20 AM #4
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Larry Johnston
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Hi Bette, Thanks for the comment, you are welcomed to copy and pass it out anytime.  Have a great thansgiving.

Nov 23, 2013 10:22 AM #5
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Larry Johnston
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Hi Karen,  Thanks for stopping by and reading my post.  I hope you and your family have a great Thanksgiving.

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Larry, Many times people don't know their neighbors, their names or anything about them. Just knowing your neighbors can be an extra level of safety for your home.

Nov 23, 2013 11:30 AM #7
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Larry Johnston
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Hi Debbie, I have not been much of a neighbor person, then when I bought my home, the neighbors on all sides of us are good friends and help each other whenever we can.  It's a great feeling of security. Plus we hve several new friends.

Nov 23, 2013 11:36 AM #8
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Awesome blog Larry, well thought out tips for a first time home owner. It comes with a lot responsibilities and a lot more freedom.  Great job! I suggested.

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Hi Ev, Thanks for the "Suggest" and the nice comments.

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