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Purchasing your first home will be one of the most rewarding and fulfilling parts of your life. It’s an important milestone on the way to financial independence and to starting a family for millions of Americans.
It also comes with a lot of responsibilities and unforeseen expenses.
A Reddit user asked the online community what items ended up being useful to them that they didn’t think about beforehand. The result was a ton of great advice for new or soon-to-be homeowners.
In today’s post, I’ve broken down the most useful items from all of their responses. So, if you’re going to be a
1. Information about past purchases
One user found that the most useful thing the previous owner left behind were a number of receipts for appliances that would be left in the house. In addition, they also left a list of model numbers for important parts like faucets, and list of all of the paint colors used in the house.
In addition, the previous homeowners even left a binder full of menus for local restaurants. While the seller of your next home might not think to leave behind all of this useful info for you, it doesn’t hurt to ask in case they have some of that information saved that they’ll no longer need.
2. Ten thousand dollars
While this comment may be a bit tongue-in-cheek, it does illustrate an important fact for new homeowners: expect to spend some money. As the poster pointed out, there isn’t necessarily one thing that you’ll need. More likely, you’ll find yourself running to the hardware store often for a number of small purchases.
Setting aside some money for these initial expenses is a good idea so that you can get the most out of your home in the first few months living in it without worrying about how or when you’re going to replace some of the many small, but annoying, fixes you’ll experience in your new house.
3. A steel hand cart
From day one and onward, you’ll be moving a lot of things around your home. Heavy objects like dressers, drawers, refrigerators, and other furniture and appliances will often require two people to move. Well, if you live alone or you and your spouse work different hours, it isn’t always possible to have two people around to help lift and move something. To save time and prevent injury, having a dolly (A.K.A. a steel hard cart) on hand will make things easier.
4. Check your cell phone signal before moving day
In spite of the claims of the major cellular carriers, there are still many areas of the U.S. that have little or no reception. This can come as a shock on moving day if you haven’t planned ahead.
Fortunately, you can purchase a device called a microcell to boost the cellular signal in your home, preventing dropped calls.
5. A Carbon monoxide and smoke detector, and fresh batteries
As much as you may trust the previous owners, there’s no way to be certain that there aren’t any fire or CO hazards in the home that you’re unaware of. Getting new detectors, batteries, and installing them immediately will help you rest easy on your first night.
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If you want to sell your home quickly and provide the appeal that buyers are looking for, there are a few things that you should know about in relationship to what buyers are looking for. Buyers look for clean, inviting properties that they can see themselves in. Below, you’ll find the tips to help you create that appeal.
What Does The Home Look Like From The Curb?
The first impression that buyers will get from your home is what it looks like from the curb. Your yard should appear neat and inviting when potential buyers pull up to the home. This means that before an open house, you should rake up the yard, add some colorful plants or flowers if you don’t have any, and be sure that the lawn has been mowed.
Stage Your Home
As much as you think that lighting candles and organizing the inside of your home just so is slightly over the top, do it. Everything in your home should be neat. Don’t leave unsightly papers laying around or furniture in disarray. Prepare your home for an open house as you would for a magazine shoot.
The first place most people start their home search is online. If the photos of your home on the listing aren’t high quality and fail to give a good visual of the home, buyers will scroll right past it. You can even integrate video tours with the listing as well. To get people to attend an open house, you need to get them virtually interested first.
Make Updates If You Know That You’re Selling
There are certain changes that just look great on a home. These include updated appliances, new cabinets, bathroom updates, and new flooring. Updating these things also can facilitate a big return on your investments. Buyers love homes that don’t need a whole lot of work- especially in the kitchen and the bathroom. They are willing to pay for these luxuries.
Know The Market
Hiring an agent who knows the market is one step in the right direction to selling your home fast and easily. Your agent will help you to price your home appropriately based on many factors including the neighborhood, the size of your home, and the demand that is present in the market. Price a home too high and you’ll leave the home sitting on the market for an extended period of time. If the home is priced too low, you could end up in the middle of a bidding war. Worse, buyers may wonder what’s wrong with the home that it is priced so low.