6 Things Everyone Should Do When Moving Into a New House

Originally posted on Ray McMillan Mortgage Team:


Published: February 18, 2015

By: Courtney Craig – Source: HouseLogic

Moving into your first home is exciting! But it also means you’ve got work to do.

Change the locks when you move into a new house — that way, you control who has access to your home. Image: Courtney Craig for HouseLogic

When I bought my first house, my timing couldn’t have been better: The house closing was two weeks before the lease was up on my apartment. That meant I could take my time packing and moving, and I could get to know the new place before moving in.

I recruited family and friends to help me move (in exchange for a beer-and-pizza picnic on the floor) and, as a bonus, I got to pick their brains about what first-time homeowners should know.

Their help was one of the best housewarming presents I could have gotten. And thanks…

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Home Improvements That Pay Off

Originally posted on Couture Properties:

home improvementHome improvements are something that is always happening when you own a home. It can be something as little as sprucing up your front door or as big as putting an addition on your home. Whatever the improvement is, you want to make sure you get your return on investment. Better Homes and Gardens has some great ideas for home improvements that pay off.

  1. Kitchen improvements: If your home is like most, the kitchen is where everybody ends up. You probably want this to be a nice area. Improvements to this area will be worth the time and effort. Simple things such as painting walls or cabinets can change the entire feel of the kitchen. Or larger items such as new countertops or appliances. All improvements in the kitchen will pay off.
  2. Front entrance: Sprucing up your front door can make a huge impact on your home. Paint…

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March Maintenance

Originally posted on Sibcy Cline News:

It’s hard to believe that spring is only a few weeks away. Winter seems to have intentions of over-staying its welcome. While the snow still covers the ground (and hopefully starts melting away) there are a few projects you can get started to get a head start on spring maintenance.

Let’s start inside…
Jump Start Your Spring Cleaning
A good dusting or vacuuming of ceiling fans, tops of cabinets and draperies will have you ready to throw open the windows and welcome in the warm spring air.

Organize a Closet (or two!)
Personally, I tend to make a mess by pulling everything out before organizing. If you also go with the “deep clean” method, throw a coat of paint up in the closet for a fresh start. Closets can often become catch-alls, but they can be even more useful with a couple organized shelves or practical intention. Here…

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Tips to Prepare Your A/C for the Spring

Originally posted on Columbus Heating and Cooling Blog:

Spring is around the corner, and warm temperatures will have us switching from furnace to A/C in no time. If last year’s A/C bills were high, you may be looking for new ways to more efficiently cool your home. Here are some tips.

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Top Ten Common Repair Costs

Originally posted on Mercer Island Pulse:

Woman-PaintingThis HouseLogic article by Lisa Kaplan Gordon covers the top 10 common home repairs most homes will eventually require. The article includes a brief synopsis of the job and estimated costs for labor and materials. This is important homeowner information whether you are a 1st time home buyer or a seasoned homeowner. I hope you find the article helpful. Let me know which repair job surprises you; share in the comment section. Thanks!

  • Top 10 Common Repair Costs

    In the life of every home, repairs happen. Here are the top 10 most common repairs that, sooner or later, your house will require. Read

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10 tips for a stress-free landlord experience

Originally posted on Ray McMillan Mortgage Team:

by CRE 12 Feb 2015

A happy tenant makes for a stress-free landlord experience. Here are some simple ways to make a lasting impression on new renters:

1. Welcome note. You want the tenants to treat your property like a home, not just another unit. They will respect your property more if you respect them. Send a welcome letter or postcard after they moved in, telling them how happy you are that they are your new tenants. Provide your contact details on the card, letting them know they can contact you should a problem arise.

2. Provide a welcome pack. Stand out from the crowd by having a welcome pack, including details of local amenities and change of address booklets, which you can get at the post office. This also provides you with an opportunity to add important information, such as rules and payment information, but in a pleasant…

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Improve Indoor Air Quality by Reducing Allergens in Your Home

Originally posted on RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc.:


When you have allergies or asthma, it’s not always possible to control all of your triggers but there are several things you can do in your home to reduce allergens and minimize your symptoms.

Control your exposure to dust mites. Encase mattresses, pillows, and box springs in zippered allergen covers. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, “Encasing mattresses works better than air cleaners to reduce allergy symptoms.” Bedding and stuffed toys should be washed in hot water weekly to kill the dust mites.

Vacuum twice a week. It’s important to wear a dust mask while cleaning and to use a vacuum with a HEPA filter if possible. When dusting, lightly dampen your cloth to help prevent dust particles from flying around. If you can, leave your home for a couple hours after cleaning to allow the dust particles you’ve stirred up to settle back down.

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