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Proactive steps to take when getting situated in a new home

Posted by:  Chip Poli
2013-11-13 09:17:15

Did you recently decide to complete a housing purchase and become the owner of an East Coast home? If so, you're likely in the process of discovering that there are a number of financial benefits associated with homeownership. Building equity can be great for your personal situation, but owning a residential property can also be very expensive. In addition to regular maintenance and general upkeep, you'll probably be tasked with occasionally making vital repairs to various aspects of the house. 

Although an official inspection is required before a housing transaction may be completed, some small issues can be overlooked - and end up turning into big problems that could cost you a significant chunk of change. In order to avoid having to fall into debt to cover these repairs, you may want to take a critical eye to your new home and perform the following tasks.

Test out all major appliances - Just because the dishwasher appears to be shiny and new to you, doesn't mean it is. Upon moving into your new home, you should take time to runs tests on each of the major appliances, including the stovetop, oven, refrigerator, furnace and water heater. As these items help you to live comfortably inside your home, it is important you identify potential problems before they require costly repairs. Another critical step is swapping out air filters, as your health could suffer if you neglect to. 

Examine exterior for evidence of pests, animals - After you've moved your belongings into your new home, you may want to step outside and survey the condition of the property's exterior. During every season, there are a litany of critters and pests that can attempt to find ways into your home - and substantially damage it in the process. Squirrels, wasps and birds typically make themselves comfortable in hard-to-reach areas of a home, so if you're hearing odd noises or seeing a lot of activity through windows, you may want to call a pest control professional or exterminator. 

Check the of the health of roof, gutter system - If you're left with puddles and water stains inside your home after a storm, you may have to make some serious repairs. An important thing to do upon moving into a new residence is checking its roof and gutter system for issues, as even minor problems could have serious ramifications. If rainwater isn't effectively removed from your home's roof through the existing gutters, you might run the risk of having to replace the entire roof, which could cost quite a bit. 

Get acquainted with a local handyman - While you may be able to point out issues, it may be in your best interests to let professionals amend the problem. Attempting to fix a major appliance yourself might result in you just making things worse and costing yourself more money. Befriending a local construction professional will ensure that you always know where to turn when a problem arises - and that it won't cost you an arm and a leg. 

Think you may need one of these repairs? Are you worried that you don't have the funds on hand to do so? By contacting Poli Mortgage Group, you rest assured that your property - and your savings - will remain intact. Our team of dedicated Loan Officers can inform you of the many different products and services we offer, as well as find you incredibly low rates. Due to their skills and success, we have become a regional authority in residential lending in the last 12 years, having originated more than 40,000 mortgages across the East Coast. To get started, call us today at 866-353-7654.

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