New Home Owners Problems & Soluctions

So you got that dream home you have been trying to buy for years, you get all moved in and the boxes are unpacked, the kids have started their new schools and everything seem to be going fine. Of course you have a list of a few things you would like to change in your new home but money is tight and you start a list of “To Do’s” so as your savings accounts start to recover you will know right where to start.

But as you will find out as a home owner, something will breakdown and need repairing. This will always happen at the worst time, when you just don’t have time to deal with the problem or when your funds are still low and the last thing you need is a BIG repair bill. Well with any luck your Realtor made sure before you closed escrow a “Home Warranty” was bought for your first 12 months of ownership. This warranty will cover most of your standard systems in your home like Heating, Plumbing, Garbage Disposal, Oven/Range/Cook-top, Electrical Systems etc. Now I typically use Suzy Pelshaw with Fidelity National Home Warranty and with her company the home owner only pays a $55 service fee and they will come out and do the repair. But their are many companies out there.

Suzy and I have put together a nice booklet about some basic Problems And Solutions that will help homeowners with problems like the Refrigerator isn’t working – the Dishwasher will not turn on – the Garbage Disposal Drains Slowly – my Forced Air Heater will not turn on…

You can download the book for HERE

Is Going Green Just A Trend?

Going green has become more than just a trend, especially when it comes to home remodeling or improvements. Buyers are looking for homes
with energy efficient and costsaving features.

Before you begin any improvements, consider these five tips.

1. Demand for green housing has been growing—46% of buyers would like a green home, according to an August 2007 report by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) on home buyers’ preference.

2. Before purchasing any of these items for your home, check with your local gas and electric company for possible tax credits and rebates. Also check with federal, state, and local government agencies.

3. Estimate your potential savings by using one of the many online free energy audit calculators.

4. If you need to buy appliances consider ENERGY STAR® rated appliances. You can get more detailed information about the ENERGY STAR® program on their web site as well as a list of products that qualify for rebates.

5. Contact your local Real Estate Professional. Their experience and local knowledge can help you decide which home improvements will be best for you.

Greening Your Kitchen

Kitchen Remodeling: Six Steps to a Green Kitchen

If you are thinking of buying or selling a home, condo or investment property call me Mark Spector 310-430-0633