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Important Questions to Ask Sellers

You have been house shopping for months and have finally found a home that you think might be the one. After looking at so many houses that weren’t quite right, it may be hard to know if you have found the home for you. As you investigate the home to determine if it is what you are looking for, you probably have a lot of questions that you want answered. Who better to ask then the person selling the home? Here are some questions you will likely want to get answers to.

  • What is your favorite thing about the house and what is your least favorite thing about the house?
  • What changes or upgrades did you make to the house while you owned it? Do you have receipts for any of the recent work you have completed?
  • Will you share a list of the home professionals you have used to help you take care of the house? This could be anyone who has made repairs along with landscaping professionals, painters and housekeepers.
  • Do you have or have had children in the local school system?
  • Where and when does trash and recycling get picked up?
  • Is there anything currently wrong with the house that needs to be repaired? You may not get an honest answer here but it can’t hurt to ask.
  • Why are you moving?
  • Will you provide the average cost of your utility bills?
  • Where do shipping carriers leave packages?
  • What will you miss the most when you move?
  • Make sure you receive copies of the seller’s property disclosure for your review.
  • Is it an active neighborhood to live in?
  • How long have you owned the home?

The seller may not want to answer your questions or may answer some of them but shy away from others. Don’t let this upset you. Like any kind of research, do the best you can to find out everything you would like to know but don’t lose focus if the seller won’t tell you where their packages get left or why they are moving.

Christine Topham
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Cut Heating Costs This Winter

Saving money is important to just about everyone and there are many things you can do without but during the winter months, it’s hard to imagine not having heat in our homes. Even while running the heat at the level necessary to be comfortable in your home, there are several simple things you can do to save money on your heating bill. Take some time to review a few ways you can save money without turning your home into an a very large freezer.

Wear an Extra Layer (or Two)

Most of us have extra clothes that we rarely wear and a linen closet full of blankets we can use to keep warm. No one is suggesting you sit around your house in a parka with a hat and gloves but there are plenty of items you can wear that will still be comfortable while adding extra warmth allowing you to decrease your thermostat setting by a few degrees. Keep a blanket in the room you spend the most time in so you can wrap up when you are relaxing. While you are pulling blankets out of the linen closet, add a blanket to all of the beds in your home so you can keep the thermostat lower at night as well.

Space Heaters

Depending on the size and layout of your home, you may have some rooms that you don’t use very often. If you are spending most of your time in just a couple rooms, adjust the thermostat for most of the house to a lower temperature and add space heaters in the rooms you use most often. Small space heaters will quickly heat the rooms you are using when you turn them on and you don’t have to spend as much money to heat rooms in your home that you rarely set foot in like the guest room or bonus room.

Open Your Curtains

While you probably keep the blinds and curtains closed during the summer season, when the weather turns cold, open them and let as much sunshine in as you can. While the sun will also improve your mood, it offers FREE heat and can make a big difference compared to keeping everything closed.

Seal Your Doors and Windows

Stop letting the heat you are paying for to the outside through your doors and windows. Sealing your windows and doors with caulk or weatherstripping can drastically reduce your electric bill by increasing the energy efficiency of your home.

Use Your Oven Heat

Dinner just came out of your 350 degree oven and you are turning it off as you sit down at the table. Go ahead and take advantage of the oven heat by opening the oven door and letting the residual heat from the oven dissipate into your home. If you have young children, make sure they understand the oven is hot and know not to touch it.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

Use a programmable thermostat to adjust the temperature of your home to a cooler setting when you aren’t home or at night when you are sleep. By using the extra blanket you put on your bed, you won’t need to keep the house as warm at night and you certainly don’t need to pay to keep it as warm when you aren’t home.

Keeping your home warm doesn’t have to cost a fortune. With some simples changes in your habits, you can keep your home comfortable without spending a fortune this winter.

Christine Topham
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This 4 bedroom 2.5 bathroom home in Seven Hills is Move-In Ready for your family!

This home boast numerous updates throughout including a natural paint scheme and brand-new carpet. This charming home features gorgeous hardwood floors in the breakfast area & a kitchen that is any chef’s dream. The expansive kitchen boasts stainless steel appliances, granite countertops & a large island for meal prep! This home also contains a formal dining room and additional great room with a beautiful stone fireplace. Upper level features a large suite with a garden tub, separate shower, and a huge double vanity. All 3 additional bedrooms are a great size & conveniently located is the upstairs laundry room. The property also contains a full unfinished basement with stubbed BA. Have your friends and family over for a BBQ on the expansive backyard deck & fenced yard for all the kiddos! Come see it today!

Christine Topham
RE/MAX Unlimited

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Are You Ready for A SPOOK-tacular Weekend in Georgia?

Get ready for a SPOOK-tacular night of fun at Tellus Science BOO-seum! October 27th from 6 PM to 9 PM wear your costume and enjoy a variety of hands-on activities such as make your black light flashlight, make and wear a FANGtastic shark hat, decorate your Trick or Treat bag and more! Visit the official event website for additional details.

Get your gallop on at the Garden Gallop 5K, Saturday, October 27th at the Smith-Gilbert Gardens in Kennesaw. This run will have a 1-mile fun run, a 5k, and a tot trot. Visit the official event website for event times and to register.

Visit Acworth on Saturday, October 27th for their annual Halloween Jamboree! The event will be held from 3 PM to 7 PM at the Logan Farm Park Expansion! Activities include carnival games, costume contest, petting zoo, FREE hayride and more. Visit the official event website for additional information.

Christine Topham
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Are you Ready to Close on Your Home?

When you are buying a new home, there are lots of preparations you will need to make so that you are prepared when it is time to close. If you haven’t bought a home before or it has been a while, you may not think of everything you need to take care of. Here are some things you won’t to make sure you don’t forget.

  • Cleaning supplies gathered for initial cleaning or a cleaning crew scheduled. While the sellers should leave your home relatively clean, there are likely some areas you may want to clean yourself to make sure they meet your standards. Have your supplies ready so you can do this right away and get started moving in sooner. If you are using a professional, confirm their availability and make arrangements to meet them at the property to let them in.
  • Pack what you will need for the first few days (or longer if your mover is scheduled later) so that you have the things you can’t live without in case it takes you a little while to sort through all of your boxes. These items should include a wide variety of things so you have the basics such as toiletries and medicine, a few days worth of clothes, toilet paper, some snacks and drinks, pet care items if you have pets and anything your children can’t live without like a special stuffed animal or toy. Also, pack your chargers and necessary electronics separately so you can get to them easily.
  • Have you taken care of transferring all of the utilities into your name? Most companies will just make the switch on the day you request and don’t need to come out but take care of this in advance in case they need some time to get the transfer scheduled. You should plan to have everything in your name as of the day of closing. While you are handling utilities, make sure you have taken care of any necessary insurance. Your mortgage lender will need this information as well so this should be done in advance but if you aren’t getting a mortgage, don’t forget this step.
  • Do you plan to have the locks changed on the house? Go ahead and schedule a locksmith to come to the home so you can get this done right away.
  • Are there any appliances that you need to purchase? Go ahead and make arrangements for those. If you are purchasing them, don’t open any new credit accounts or spend significant amounts of money that might change your credit situation. Your mortgage lender will do a final credit check before closing and new accounts may change your credit score and cause an issue with your loan. If you need to open a new account to make your purchase, do your research and select your appliances and wait to finalize the purchase after closing.

All of these items will help you make sure you are ready for closing and don’t have any surprises that you aren’t prepared for.

Christine Topham
RE/MAX Unlimited

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