I know first hand that moving into a new home is an exciting time, but before you get into the fun stuff like painting, decorating , ect. There are some basics you need to have taken care of immediately before you can feel safe and comfortable.
Change the locks
Even if you’re promised that new locks have been installed in your home, you can never be too careful. For all you know the previous owners friends and or family have copies of the key and don't have any knowledge that the home was recently sold. Imagine being home and someone with a key just walking in like they own the place. I'm sure that would be not dangerous but a pretty scary experience. It’s worth the money to have the peace of mind and security that comes with knowing that no one else has the keys to your home. Changing the locks can be a DIY project, or you can call in a locksmith for a little extra money.
Change the air filters
It’s always good to get a breath of fresh circulating air throughout your new home. The previous owners may have had a kinds of stuff floating around in the home that could cause you to get sick. New air filters are easy to install and very affordable and are sold at just about every major store.
Steam clean the carpets
It’s good to get a fresh start with your floors before you start decorating. The previous owners may have had pets, young children, or just some plain old clumsiness. Take the time to steam clean the carpets or have a professional cleaning company out so that your floors are free of stains and allergens. It’s pretty easy and affordable to rent a steam cleaner—your local grocery store may have them available.
Clean out the kitchen
If the previous occupants wanted to skip on some of their cleaning duties when they moved out, the kitchen is where they probably cut corners. Wipe down the inside of cabinets, clean out the refrigerator, clean the oven, and clean in the nooks and crannies underneath the appliances.
These are just a few things that you need to consider having done prior to enjoying your new home. Be sure that your agent is educating you ion the items that need to be taken care of ASAP.
Author:Michael Tarver Phone: 602-390-2801 Dated: January 3rd 2018 Views: 117 About Michael: ...
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Andrea Ortega has been a licensed Realtor in Arizona since 1996, and has been with American Allstar Realty since October of 2008. She originally started her career in new home sales after getting her license from Arizona School of Real Estate and Business. Andrea understands that the home buying and selling process can be exciting, but also intimidating. The experience, knowledge, and personal skills that Andrea brings to the Real-Estate profession have been the largest contributing factors to her client's loyalty. Andrea is always on top of the process, ensuring that all is running smoothly, from the first meeting through the close of escrow and beyond. Andrea values integrity, dedication, and timely communications to deliver superior service to her clients. Andrea has a personable and professional character which has allowed her to build and maintain strong relationships with her clients, many who return as repeat clients. Her ability to listen and understand the needs of her clients has translated into a successful career in real estate. Her fair, yet aggressive negotiating style, and protectiveness of her clients' best interests, and ultimately their assets, has gained her respect with her clients. Andrea is warm and caring, yet has an efficient business style which will turn you too into a client for life. Andrea is a native of Gilbert, AZ. and currently lives in Queen Creek, AZ. with her wonderful husband of twenty years, Richard. She has two beautiful daughters, Kayla who is seventeen, Kassy, who is twenty-five and a handsome son-in-law Derek. In her spare time, Andrea enjoys camping, riding quads/rzr, going to the beach, and just being with her family.
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"I felt like they were family and they wanted the best for me and my wife. My agent Andrea Ortega went above and beyond he duty to help us transition from Illinois to Arizona, from getting utilities on to pushing lender to fund the loan and title to record so we could get the keys. She helped me find cleaning people to clean the house prior to our arrival as well as perform my final walk through so I wouldn't have to fly there again prior to relocating. I was only in town a week and she showed us properties everyday until we found the right house. She was a God send--since we never bought Realestate outside of our home state of IL. From the very begging she held our hands and never let go. She answered my phone calls and my questions and got the answer for us when she wasn't sure of the answer. God blessed us with Andrea and her caring attitude and knowledgable expertise in using my VA loan to purchase our new home with a 7ft in ground pool. "