Selling Your Home

How To Conquer Moving Day For The First-Time Home Buyer

The home you worried over and fought for is yours! Now it’s time to make your dream a reality by moving in!

Break It Down

It can be overwhelming to pack up everything you own into hopefully neat boxes that will arrive in exactly the right room for unpacking. Going room by room can help break down the long packing process plus relieve moving stress! Tip #1 – Make sure to mark each box with a general idea of what it contains and the room it should be delivered to!

Boxes Galore

Moving (and buying a home) can be expensive but acquiring moving boxes doesn’t necessarily need to be expensive! You can find boxes for cheap or free in online groups or by calling your local grocery store. Though these are cheaper, or free, it doesn’t mean they’ll be sturdiest boxes. Make sure to weigh the pros and cons here!

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Tips to Save Energy and Add Value

When it comes to energy efficiency, look for smart features and expertise to help you save energy and money and add value to your home.

1. Begin with a Right-Sized Home.

If the home you buy is simply too large for you or your family’s needs or plans, you stand a good chance of wasting energy through excessive heating and cooling costs. If it’s too small, you’ll feel cramped and uncomfortable. It’s a big investment, so seek balance and buy it “right” from the outset. 

2. Purchase Energy Star Appliances Such as Your TV, Dishwasher, Washer and Dryer, and Microwave.

And especially the refrigerator, as it alone contributes about 10 percent of the energy use in a home. Also, unplug electronics not in use or turn off power strips to avoid phantom charges. 

3. Install Efficient Lighting Such as Compact Flourescent (CLF) or LED Bulbs in Every Fixture.

Lighting accounts for about 6 percent of an energy bill each year.

4. Get an Energy Audit and Have Tests Performed to Identify Ways of Improving Your Efficiency.

You can always upgrade your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system as well as your  thermal envelope, which includes insulation, windows, and doors  and the seals or weather stripping around them. Visit energy.gov/energytips for more tips.

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