Congratulations on your new home! You made it through the arduous process that is buying a new home. Now it’s time to take on the task of moving in.
You did your research about the neighborhood and you feel like you know the home like the back of your hand. However, there are some things to do as you move in to protect your newest investment, and yourself, from the unknown variables in and around your home.
Change the locks garage door codes
Previous owners might have changed the locks, but they may not know who all has a key or a code to open your garage, especially neighbors who they trusted to watch their place while they were away. Changing the codes and locks on all the doors ensures that you have complete control over entry to your home
Check or Install Fire and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
If the home already has fire and carbon monoxide devices, make sure they are in working order by testing each one with the tester button. Keep a note of when to replace them as well.
If they don’t have them, install a device in each sleeping room, as well as common areas like the living room or kitchen. Hallways are a great place to cover multiple rooms with one detector as well.
Install a security system
Enjoy total peace of mind with a new security system. Meet with a consultant on the best ways to protect your home for a system that works best for you and your lifestyle.
There are also app-connected systems that you can set up yourself that notify you of movement on the cameras or doors and windows opening.
Meet the neighbors
Build a sense of community and get to know the lay of the land by knocking on neighbors’ doors to get to know them. Bring a small gift as a “thank you” for dealing with the moving trucks. This is a great initial step for figuring out who you can trust to watch things while you’re away should you need a helping hand in the near future.
These are just a few ideas on what you should do as soon as you move in. What are some things you do, or suggest to friends and clients on move-in day?
There have only been two other times in history when rates have been this low- April 2013 and October 2016.
It’s interesting to see what happened soon after bottoming out these last two times.
In April of 2013 rates hit 3.41%. By August 2013 they had jumped to 4.40%.
Rates bottomed again in October 2016 at 3.42%. Just two months later in December 2016 they were 4.32%.
Each time the increase was nearly 1% within just a few months.
So, if history proves itself as a guide, we can’t expect these rates to last for long.
Welcome to the fall issue of Windermere Living! Are you a foodie who loves to travel? Inside this issue is an article about interesting destinations where you can enjoy edible, immersive experiences like making your own coffee on the Kona coast of Hawaii, or diving for clams in Cabo and cooking them with an executive chef.
If you’ve ever undergone a major home remodel, you know all too well how important it is to partner with the right architect. We explore that topic in this issue, along with some pro tips on how to match yourself up with the perfect architect for your project, a process that isn’t that different from dating.
Last but not least, there are more than 70 pages filled with homes for sale throughout the Western U.S. Whether you’re in the market for a country farmhouse or a high-rise condo, there’s a little something for everyone.
This is just a sampling of what you’ll find in this issue of Windermere Living; we hope you enjoy it!
This beautiful home at 6301 Richland Avenue in Timnath Ranch is just minutes to I-25 and Fort Collins. Features include a gourmet chef’s kitchen with stainless appliances, granite counter tops, butlers pantry, 3 car insulated garage, main floor mother in law bed and new trex deck with custom lighting. Upstairs features 2 bedrooms, loft, and a massive 19 x 15 Master bedroom suite complete with walk in closet and a five piece bath. Enjoy the Colorado lifestyle, trails, and community pool two blocks away. Contact Chris Guillan at (970) 310-9357 for your private showing for more information or click the link below for more details.
This peaceful unit on the upper level at 3945 Landings Dr H-6 in Fort Collins features a pleasant floor-plan and a great location. Enjoy an afternoon on the sunny balcony overlooking open space or curl up in front of the gas fireplace on winter days. The master bedroom and bathroom on the second floor offer a private sanctuary. The spacious garage allows for your vehicle and storage. Catch dinner and a movie at the mall or grab the Max into Old Town. Everything within reach with groceries, shopping and dining right nearby! Contact Sarah Schilz at (970) 817-0906 for your private showing for more information or click the link below for more details.
The latest report from the Federal Housing Finance Authority is hot off the press. They rank 241 major metropolitan areas across the U.S. for yearly home price appreciation.
Welcome home to this stunning 2-story home at 105 S Marjorie Ave in Milliken that seamlessly blends modern conveniences with historic charm. Situated on 1-acre of manicured grounds with no HOA, you’ll find abundant space for RV/boat parking, gardening during our perfect Colorado summers or enjoying coffee and sunrises on the covered front porch. The living is easy in this classic beauty, complete with 4 bedrooms, an eat-in kitchen, separate dining room, wood floors on the main level & an over-sized 2-car garage. Contact Kailee Harvey at (970) 331-2868 for your private showing for more information or click the link below for more details.
It’s rare to find a downtown home with this much curb appeal, square footage, main floor master & closet space! Have your friends over for lunch at 904 W 5th Street in Loveland on your large covered wrap-around porch and holiday meals in your large dining room. Corner nooks perfect for a reading area or a piano. Behind the house is a large patio, workshop/craft room with 220 wiring. Located within an easy walk to the new movie theater & restaurants. Upstairs carpet is preserving hardwood floors underneath. Contact Meagan Griesel at (970) 691-0056 for your private showing for more information or click the link below for more details.
This beautiful two-story home at 230 Saxony Road in Johnstown has it all including a master retreat with a fireplace, and a 5 piece master bath. The outdoor living potential is skies the limit with the huge backyard and mature trees. This home is located right across the street from Johnstown Elementary. Contact Lindsey Crisanti at (970) 420-4498 for your private showing for more information or click the link below for more details.
Sprawling brick ranch home at 1318 Ida Court on a quiet cul-de-sac in SW Loveland. Complete with two master bedrooms with attached private bathrooms, two additional bedrooms, two large flex rooms in finished basement, air conditioning, vinyl windows, RV parking, fenced yard, beautiful outdoor living space and landscaping with covered patio, pergola, fire pit, large garden, and an 18 X 14 storage shed. Backs to a large private greenbelt. Conveniently located near shopping, schools and restaurants. Contact Tammy Fisher at (970) 218-3383 for your private showing for more information or click the link below for more details.