Apr. 17, 2018

Leon Springs Community News - May 2018

You Have Closed on Your New Home! Now What?

Moving around the country for 20 years makes me kind of an expert on what to do right away when you buy a new home. So this month, for home buyers, let’s talk about TWO things that you really need to do when you first move-in.

First things first – you own the home now, so CHANGE THOSE LOCKS! Most after-market home warranties have a re-key coverage option. Get it! You can then have all of the doors in your new home re-keyed for one low trade call fee. Most of the time this runs around $75.00. If you have ever dealt with a locksmith that is dirt cheap! Why is this important? Because even though the seller turns over ‘all keys’ upon closing, they may have given copies of the keys to any number of people: cleaning or maintenance services, their brother-in-law, even your new next door neighbor may have a key! Sellers are not out trying to collect keys that they don’t remember giving out – they are packing up that moving van! So get your doors rekeyed before ‘Uncle Frank’ (who intentionally wasn’t told of the impending sale) pays you a visit by walking right in your front door!

Replace Filters and Check the Dryer Vent to make sure that it isn’t clogged. Clogged or dirty dryer vents can cause fires. So, replace the HVAC air filter, the vent filter above the stove, and the aeration filters in your kitchen and bathroom faucets. I know, some of you just went: “What?”. Yes, replacing the faucet filters can actually improve water pressure depending on the amount of sediment that has built up over the years. So basically: fire hazards: Bad!, improved water pressure: Good!

Don’t forget to give me a call if you are in the market to buy or sell!

Gina M. Sohmer, is a veteran, a 2nd-Generation REALTOR®, a Graduate of the REALTOR® Institute, a Seller’s Representative Specialist, an Accredited Buyer’s Representative, and a member of the Phyllis Browning Company. You can reach her at www.ginasohmerrealestate.com.