Real Estate Season is here! Are you buying a home?
If you are in the market for a new home, or recently purchased one then these tips are for you. Before moving all your belongings, furniture, and appliances into your new home consider accomplishing some tasks that are easier to get done, without all your stuff in the way. These tips are brought to you by Stephen Rotay with Paul Davis Restoration, and Anne Lusk of Lusk & Associates Sotherby’s International Realty. Both are Central PA pros!
9 Tips for New Homeowners to save $$:
STEP 1. Review your home owners policy limits when purchases or upgrades exceed 5,000 dollars to ensure you have the right coverage
STEP 2. Make a home inventory checklist or video. This will also be helpful during an insurance claim should property/contents damage ever occur in your new home.
STEP 3. Check the insulation in your attic. There should be at least 6 inches of coverage, if not add some more
STEP 4. Place a hot water heater blanket over the hot water heater to save money on your heating bill
STEP 5. Wrap exposed pipes with insulation to keep your hot water HOT
STEP 6. Install a programmable thermostat – AND know hot to use it! If used properly it can save up to 150 dollars a year on your utility bill
STEP 7. Mark any cracks in your basement with masking tape, date and monitor them for movement
STEP 8. Replace your air handling filter and when you go to the store to buy one, pick up 3-4 so you have them stored for the next time!
STEP 9. Last but not least: Develop a “Home Maintenance Checklist” including tasks you want to do on a monthly, quarterly and yearly basis. Run through the list each month to extend the life of almost everything in your home!