Evansville Real Estate

10 Tips to Transform Your New House into a Home

Check out the article below from a guest blog writer - Natalie Jones. Natalie Jones is the creator of http://homeownerbliss.info/. She is passionate about making the process of home buying less stressful and scary for first-timers, as well as inspiring homeowners of all stages enjoy the benefits and perks of home ownership!

Moving into a new house is like relocating to a different world, even if you’re just down the street. But it doesn’t have to be. These 10 quick tips can help make your house a home within the first few days.

1. Tackle home security. Even if you’re moving into a safe neighborhood, you’ll sleep better if you take the time to handle home security before your first night. Schedule your alarm hook up and ensure outdoor floodlights, fencing and other security features are operational.

2. Get to know the neighborhood. By closing, you should already have a good idea of the general layout of your subdivision. If not, take a few hours to scout the location of the nearest grocery store, gas station, school, playground and hospital. A walk around the block will also give you the chance to meet the neighbors.

3. Personalize your living space. Nothing says home quite like family photos and treasured belongings. Unpack these items first, along with everything you need to cook a good meal. Dining together is especially important if you have children as time around the dinner table...

7 Bits & Parts of a House Most New Homeowners Can’t Identify

If only homes were as user-friendly as a smart phone when you’ve got a problem. Need a ride? There’s an app for that. Food? That, too.

Need to stop your toilet from overflowing? Oops, there’s no app for that.

When it comes to your home, you’re your own best app. And if you want be a top-rated app, uh, homeowner, you’ll need to be able to identify these not-so-pretty (gross in some cases) bits and parts of your home.

(Truth: Even seasoned homeowners don’t have a clue about some of these.)

#1 Sewer Cleanout Vent

Sewer cleanout in a home yardImage: Lara Edge for HouseLogic 

OK, this doesn’t look so bad.

Well, gird your loins. This is the thing you need to find and open if your sewage pipe is clogged (often the case if you’ve got toilets and sinks overflowing or refusing to drain).

Use a pipe wrench to get the lid off, but prepare yourself because buildup can cause the sewage to spew out at you.

The sewer cleanout valve is typically outside the house, usually a few feet away from the foundation. It can be either above ground like in the picture above, or in a box below ground.

You’ll need this next item to undo the clog (or a plumber...

Team McClintock Gives Back to Saint Benedict Cathedral

Team McClintock gives back with $1,000 donation to St. Benedict's Catholic Church. Thanks Pat Hart for nominating St. Ben's. Pictured with check is Pat Hart, back row l to r, Cindy Howard, Maury Hart, Mindy Guthrie Word, Carol McClintock and David Haire.

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The Heat Is On: 5 Sizzling Reasons to Buy a Home During Housing's Hottest Season

The days are getting longer. Ice cream truck jingles echo up and down the block. But the surest sign that summer is here? It just might be those "For Sale" signs popping up like dandelions in your neighborhood.

Yep, we're smack dab in the middle of the most popular time of the year to buy and sell a home. If you're thinking of starting your home search, your first instinct as a savvy shopper might be to stay away and wait for the weather—and the market—to cool down. Why battle the crowds and bidding wars if you're in no rush to move?

But there's no reason to sweat the idea of buying in the summer. In fact, there are some distinct advantages to making your way into the marketplace during housing's hottest season—as long as you can stand the heat of a little competition.

1. Prices aren't necessarily higher

"A huge myth about the real estate market is that homes sell for more in the summer and less in the winter. This is simply not true," says Dippy Chhina of Dippy Real Estate.

Let's be clear: Home prices do usually peak in June–August. And it's a seller's market in most areas. But other forces beyond the summer sun play a major role in a home's asking price, Chhina notes. They include the number of similar homes...

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