It’s finally yours.Your very own home.You can paint the walls whatever you like. Heck, even knock out a wall! There’s no landlord to fight you.
But if you’re serious about developing good homeowner habits (so your home makes you richer, not poorer), you’lluse this worksheet the minute you close on your home — if not before. Easier to do now than suffer some head-slapping regrets later.
If that doesn’t do it for you, here’s a *cheater* version done in the form of 22 tips. You only need scroll:
20. Assemble an emergency supply kit. Some key items are:
Flashlights and batteries
Non-perishable food and water
Blankets and warm clothing
A radio, TV, or cell phone with backup batteries
Home & Mortgage Documents
In case there’s a dispute with your mortgage lender or a neighbor over property lines, or if you’re a bit forgetful about due dates.
21. Store copies (the originals should be in a fireproof safe or safety deposit box) of important home documents so they’re readily available. Go paper, cloud, or better, yet, both.
Lender contact information
Final closing documents
22. Set mortgage and other bills to auto-pay so you’re never late.
ROBIN I. FLANIGAN
Robin I. Flaniganis a writer and editor for national trade and consumer publications, including “USA Today.” She launched her career writing about real estate while living in a Baltimore graveyard, and now resides in her dream home in Rochester, N.Y.
I am here to help buyers and/or sellers to have the smoothest process. It can be very stressful but My methods makes everything as easy as can be.
I treat my clients the same as I would family.
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