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3 Things Every New Homeowner Should Do

Posted by The PerfectHouse Team on Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 at 9:04am.

Moving into your new home is exciting, but our relationship with our clients doesn't stop at the closing table. This is why we wanted to bring you the three things every homeowner should do when they move into a home. We got the idea from American Lifestyle Magazine.

1. Get Out of Too Much Hot Water

Save some serious money on energy by checking the temperature of the hot water heater when you move in. Set it to 120F, and invest in a water heater blanket. This will save you money.

2. Invest in duct cleaning

If you can do this before moving in even better, but having a professional duct cleaning service go through your HVAC and dryer vents is really important. You could be breathing old germs from the former owners. Also getting the dry vent cleaned out can prevent fires.

3. Develop a relationship with your neighbors

You don't have to be best friends with them, but introducing yourself is a great way to make sure your move into the community is smooth. Doesn't matter if the couple is younger than you, or there is a little old lady next door, building community relationships are important.

ure that you know and review your community and HOA rules often. Rules are typically more applicable during the change in seasons. Set boundaries with your children and pets to make sure they have good manners. Dog owners should be especially considerate of noise levels and designated bathroom spots. Develop relationships with your neighbors, whether they are young, old, community locals, and new residents. Be a good to your neighbors by reporting suspicious activity, helping with weather related problems, or offering to help with a tedious home maintenance task. Take pride in your community by helping to maintain - See more at: http://americanlifestylemag.com/sharable/move7012/#sthash.zRkShN5C.PQPy0fDl.dpuf

Homeownership 101: What to Do Postmove

Whether you have recently relocated, or you have called your house home for years—all stages of homeownership can benefit from tips and reminders on how to show our homes and communities a little bit of love.

Use this checklist to make sure you’re keeping up with all home and community matters, from maintenance tips and money savers to being good to the environment and your neighbors.

Energy Savers

  • Invest in a drying rack and clothes line so you can skip the dryer year-round.
  • Lower the temperature on your hot water heater to 120ºF, and toss a hot water heater blanket over top of it for extra insulation.
  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with  CFL and LED light bulbs for a 75 and 85 percent energy savings, respectively.
  • Check the amount of insulation in your home, and install more where needed. Let the home’s design and the climate you live in be your guide for the proper amount.
  • Plant mature trees on the east-facing, and west-facing sides of your home to keep your home cool in the summer, and to block the cold wind in the winter.

Home Improvers

  • When making home improvements, make sure to check for national and state tax benefits.
  • Improve indoor air quality by maintaining air filtration systems and decorating with houseplants.
  • Make sure all home electronics have proper surge protection, and consider a SmartStrip for electronics like your TV, which will cut the power to auxiliary electronics when not in use.
  • Clean indoor and outdoor vents of dust and obstructions on a semi-annual basis.
  • Regularly check that carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are in working order, and that your fire extinguisher is fully charged and free of leakage, corrosion, damage, and defects.

Community Matters

  • Make sure that you know and review your community and HOA rules often. Rules are typically more applicable during the change in seasons.
  • Set boundaries with your children and pets to make sure they have good manners. Dog owners should be especially considerate of noise levels and designated bathroom spots.
  • Develop relationships with your neighbors, whether they are young, old, community locals, and new residents.
  • Be a good to your neighbors by reporting suspicious activity, helping with weather related problems, or offering to help with a tedious home maintenance task.
  • Take pride in your community by helping to maintain the whole neighborhood, not just your own yard.

 

New to the neighborhood?  Download this contact sheet to organize important phone numbers for easy access.

- See more at: http://americanlifestylemag.com/sharable/move7012/#sthash.zRkShN5C.PQPy0fDl.dpuf

Homeownership 101: What to Do Postmove

Whether you have recently relocated, or you have called your house home for years—all stages of homeownership can benefit from tips and reminders on how to show our homes and communities a little bit of love.

Use this checklist to make sure you’re keeping up with all home and community matters, from maintenance tips and money savers to being good to the environment and your neighbors.

Energy Savers

  • Invest in a drying rack and clothes line so you can skip the dryer year-round.
  • Lower the temperature on your hot water heater to 120ºF, and toss a hot water heater blanket over top of it for extra insulation.
  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with  CFL and LED light bulbs for a 75 and 85 percent energy savings, respectively.
  • Check the amount of insulation in your home, and install more where needed. Let the home’s design and the climate you live in be your guide for the proper amount.
  • Plant mature trees on the east-facing, and west-facing sides of your home to keep your home cool in the summer, and to block the cold wind in the winter.

Home Improvers

  • When making home improvements, make sure to check for national and state tax benefits.
  • Improve indoor air quality by maintaining air filtration systems and decorating with houseplants.
  • Make sure all home electronics have proper surge protection, and consider a SmartStrip for electronics like your TV, which will cut the power to auxiliary electronics when not in use.
  • Clean indoor and outdoor vents of dust and obstructions on a semi-annual basis.
  • Regularly check that carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are in working order, and that your fire extinguisher is fully charged and free of leakage, corrosion, damage, and defects.

Community Matters

  • Make sure that you know and review your community and HOA rules often. Rules are typically more applicable during the change in seasons.
  • Set boundaries with your children and pets to make sure they have good manners. Dog owners should be especially considerate of noise levels and designated bathroom spots.
  • Develop relationships with your neighbors, whether they are young, old, community locals, and new residents.
  • Be a good to your neighbors by reporting suspicious activity, helping with weather related problems, or offering to help with a tedious home maintenance task.
  • Take pride in your community by helping to maintain the whole neighborhood, not just your own yard.

 

New to the neighborhood?  Download this contact sheet to organize important phone numbers for easy access.

- See more at: http://americanlifestylemag.com/sharable/move7012/#sthash.zRkShN5C.PQPy0fDl.dpuf

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