One Of The First Things You Should Do After Moving Into Your New Home

This is not a re-hash of the usual “Top Ten Things To Do When…..”. These maintenance clean ups are really perodic chores that we need to be doing always, not just after a move or before a sale. Thats a good time to check them though.

I’ve rebloged or re-postied Sharons article to highlight it with my viewers. Please follow the link to her blog and there post any comments you wish to make.

What’s One Of The First Things You Should Do After Moving Into Your New Home?

You’ve just moved, and the last thing you need is me adding to your “to-do” list.  But this is something many homeowners don’t think of and it could become a serious problem if neglected.

If the previous owners didn’t follow manufacturers’ suggested maintenance on their appliances, you could be the one paying the price.

water filter

When we moved into our home earlier this year I wasn’t happy with the taste of the water that dispensed from the refrigerator door.

 My husband checked the filter, and the filter was disgusting.

This type of filter is supposed to be changed every six months.

Based on it’s appearance, we weren’t sure it had ever been changed.

A dirty, clogged filter can cause serious damage to your refrigerator and is a threat to your family’s health.

We replaced the filter and the water tastes great and flows much faster now.

 

Another area to check is under the refrigerator.  In order to run efficiently, the coils must be cleaned regularly.

 Here’s what we found when we checked under ours:

dirty refrigerator coils

 It requires 25% more energy to run the refrigerator when the coils are covered in dust.

 

What about the other appliances??

Some washing machines have water filters that need changing.

Lint-clogged dryer exhaust vents are the #1 cause of dryer fires.  Manufacturers recommend cleaning at least once a year to be sure your dryer is operating efficiently and to prevent fires.

Cleaning Tip for greasy stove hood filters:

vents in pan of water

Boil water in a very large pan.  Add 1/2 Cup Baking Soda….very slowly (a spoonful at a time) because it will fizz.  Place stove hood filter in boiling water and continue to boil about 5 mins.  All the grease will melt away.  Rinse under hot water and let air dry.

One of the first things you should do after moving is

check all appliances, heating/AC systems, and water/air purifiers for filters that need cleaning or replacement.

 It could extend the life of the product, protect the health of your family, and save you time and money.

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Common Sense? “Common wisdom” REALLY? …Choosing The Inspector.

Common Sense? “Common wisdom” REALLY?  …Choosing The Inspector.

Accepting a referral for an inspector through your realtor is not something I recommend.” *

*(Quoted from the linked Montreal Gazette article below, A Guide to Choosing Inspectors.)


Many consider this to be good advice or just common sense.  But is it really?…. Realtors are commonly asked for such referrals.

The agent is someone who you are trusting to guide you though the whole process of making the major financial and investment decisions (often the major investment decisions) of your life.

You do need your own real estate agent who will be working for you, the buyer. The sellers will normally have their own agent. A well-informed real estate agent knows the rules, laws and ethical practices that are in place to protect you and them.  So aside from showing you properties your agent should be guiding you through every step involving the purchase of your home.

In this regard they also know the players. Your agent will know the other agents and agencies that will be involved with the transaction. They will know of or dealt with or at least met before most if not all of the mortgage brokers, realtors, notaries and inspectors.

When it comes to inspectors your agent will have met any where from 20 to 100 or more, and will have seen how the inspector works and treats the client. So when an agent refers you to some inspectors he/she will be giving you a few names from a short list that represents the better 20% or so. Ethically the agents choices should be qualified referrals.

In Montreal their professional association requires that real estate agents provide a minimum of three referrals so you can do some comparative shopping or follow up.

This gives you the choice to either opt for one of the referred inspectors or decide to find one on your own through the phone book, internet search or word of mouth.

The newspaper article (link below) provides a guideline as to what to look for and how to inteview an inspector no matter how you are chosing ;

Inspect the inspector before he examines your homeshar.esCheck credentials, ask about backgroundbefore spending hundreds on inspection

Or copy this into your web browser address line; http://www.montrealgazette.com/homes/Inspect+inspector+before+examines+your+home/6895116/story.html

 

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Yes! It Was Biblical ! And on the Fourth!

Yes! It Was Biblical ! And on the Fourth!

Think of this senario next time you’re wondering if that roofing really has to be replaced now.

It really WAS Biblical.

We were having a beer, watching the ducks and the wind surfers on the lake.

The lake was calm. The ducks were swimming,bobing and feeding.

Then the rain started. Then suddenly became really hard and heavy.

The wind came up, blowing waves OUT into the lake.
The ducks were now standing, looking at us as if to say “What did you do?” They were swiming moments before.
Talk about ‘ducks out of water’!

Then they started ducking and running for cover.

It was hailing, hard. Big hail stones between marbles and golf balls in size!

Check the video!

The second shorter video shows a second round. We’ed thought it was over. Just look at the size of those pieces of ice. Remember, that’s after they’ve smashed into the roof or the ground. You can hear the sound of the hail hitting the roof in both the videos too.

Think of these ice bombs the next thim you’re looking at dime sided spot damage on shingles. It also cleaned the moss off some roofs.

 

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