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Seven Tasks To Do After Moving Into Your New Home!

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The safety and security of your family, guests and pets are the most important reasons to complete these tasks as soon as possible after moving in.

1. Change the locks and the garage door entry code. You have no idea how many of the former owner’s neighbors, friends or relatives have a key or know the garage code.

2. Hide an extra key in a combination lock box. Burglars know all of the usual spots where people hide keys such as under a flower pot or in a fake rock.

3. Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. If there aren’t any or they look dated, make sure to install new ones.

4. Check the temperature on your water heater, especially if you have young children. The safest and most eco-friendly setting is 120° F.

5. Make sure there’s a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and one on each additional floor.

6. Check motion lights and other security lights to make sure they have working bulbs.

7. Locate the main gas and water shut-off valves. Find the circuit box and label all of the breakers.

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Rachel Sheller, Principal Broker, Realtor, CRS, ABR, GRI, SRES, MASTERS CIRCLE, Earth Advantage Broker, Diversity Specialist-HOWNW, CSA-Certified Staging Agent

Oregon First, Realtors

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The Top Reasons Why People Move

American home owners sell and move, on average, every seven years. People who have lived in the same home for the past 30 years may have a hard time understanding all this moving! They are shocked that people move so often, but I know one thing for certain: Their day to sell will come eventually.

Here are the top reasons why people sell:

  • The home is too small. First-time home buyers often outgrow their “starter” homes. As family size increases many home owners feel like they need more space.
  • The neighborhood has changed.It’s hard for many people to stay in a neighborhood that has changed negatively over time. Difficult neighbors, crime and generally feeling unsafe will push people to move if they can afford it.
  • To fix overlooked needs. Owners might believe they made a mistake when purchasing their present home and want to rectify that mistake. Maybe they thought they could get by without a back yard but are now interested in gardening, or they didn’t think about needing a large dining room to host those game nights with friends.
  • Job transfer. Relocation makes it necessary for many to move. If the commuting distance exceeds an hour, most people would rather sell and mover closer to work to avoid sitting in traffic.
  • Death in the family. It’s a sad fact of life, but many people eventually end up selling their parents or grandparents home, after the passing of the family member. It’s also very common for homeowners to transfer title to a property into a trust to avoid probate proceedings. This allows the successor trustee to sell the property without court approval.
  • Personal relationships. Moving in with a partner or getting married can mean one of the parties will need to sell, especially if both owned homes prior to the commitment. On the other hand, break-ups cause owners to sell as well.
  • Empty nest.The kids have grown up and moved out. The owners want a single-story house, a smaller home or a smaller yard. Who wants to keep up all that? Downsizing a home is very popular among retirees.
  • Community living. Active-adult communities are attracting many buyers over the age of 55. These planned communities have golf courses, workout facilities, weekend social gatherings and more.
  • See family more often. Some people want to be closer to their family as they age and will move to be near relatives. Parents want to be near children. Grandparents, near their children and grandchildren.
  • See family less often. To put more distance between the home owners and relatives. Some might move out of state to keep harmony within the family. Sometimes distance is key.
  • Lifestyle change.Some people are looking to change their lifestyle and would prefer to travel or pursue a hobby. Many people past a certain age want to find a calling that is meaningful to them. For these people, home ownership loses its priority status and turns equity into cash for following their dreams.
  • Home improvement or flipping.A small segment of people enjoys fixing up a home and flipping it, changing homes every two years or so. Once the work is completed, it’s on to the next home!

If you’re thinking about moving please give a call! I’d love to help!



Rachel Sheller, Principal Broker, Realtor, CRS, ABR, GRI, SRES, MASTERS CIRCLE, Diversity Specialist, HOWNW,  CSA-Certified Staging Agent, Oregon First, Realtors

Five Star award recipient 2011-2017 honoring the top 7% of real estate professionals in Oregon.

Direct 503.380.9634, Email-   homesforyou@frontier.com

View ALL available Houses on the market on my website

Licensed in the State of Oregon