Joe Kapell | Trumbull Real Estate, Monroe Real Estate, Fairfield Real Estate, Easton Real Estate


If you’re in the market to buy a home soon, you probably have a long list of things to look for. You also are most likely focused on savings and shopping around for the best mortgage rates. You may know everything that you should do when you’re buying a home, but has anyone told you what you shouldn’t do? Read on to discover some of the worst practices of people searching for a home. 


Lack Of Research


You need to search for a home before you even set out to look at properties in person. While you’ll want to work with a realtor, you should know what you want before you start working with him. Your agent will be able to set up alerts for you that enable you to see properties put on the market as soon as they become available. This search will be tailored to your wants such as a large yard, master bathroom, or separate dining area. If you understand what your needs will cost you in relation to your budget ahead of time, working with a real estate agent will be a more fruitful experience.


Not Letting Your Real Estate Agent Do Their Job


Real estate agents are experts in the housing market. Your agent will research prices and help you to understand what a reasonable offer on a property will be. Your agent has the tools to get you the information you need to make an informed offer on a property. Sellers get insulted if an offer is well below the asking price. Trust that your agent knows what he’s talking about. 


You’ll have a close relationship with your agent throughout the house hunting process. You’ll need to make arrangements with your agent to go to open houses and home showings. Your agent will accommodate you to the best of his ability. All you need to do is communicate with them. 


Not Looking Beyond The Online Search


If you are out and about and see a property for sale that interests you, don’t assume that it’s out of your reach. Sometimes the online searches miss things. A property may include (or not include) something that you’re looking for. You can take down the address where you saw the “for sale” sign and speak with your real estate agent about it.


Skimming Over Properties


When you have the opportunity to look at a property, really take the time to view it. You can miss a lot of details by quickly going over a property due to your first impression. There’s a lot of things that you may not see if you don’t look at the details of a home as you walk through it.       



164 Hamilton Avenue, Stratford, CT 06615  

Residential
$249,900
Price
4
Total Rooms
2
Bedrooms
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Only two remaining units as construction nears completion on this new freestanding Condo Complex-"Hamilton Ave". The complex will include a total of 8 well appointed Town Homes featuring 2.5 baths, hardwood flooring, walk-in closets and modern upgraded Kitchens with granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. There will be (6) 2-BR units with 1-car garages & (2) 3-BR units with 2-car garages. Still plenty of time to pick out your dream kitchen! This Stratford location provides easy access to highways and is close to shopping, restaurants, the Lordship beaches and within a mile of the train station.


129 Old Newtown Road, Monroe, CT 06468  

Residential
$379,900
Price
7
Total Rooms
3
Bedrooms
2
Baths
Discover this sophisticated updated L-shaped Ranch with gorgeous remodeled custom Kitchen. Features include white cabinetry w/built-ins, cherry accented island with 5 -burner gas cooktop, large breakfast bar, double wall ovens, granite counters, all SS appliances, tray ceiling & HWD flooring. Just off the kitchen is the large wood paneled family room with sliders to the deck and private rear yard & stone walls opening to wooded open space. The formal LR includes built-in bookcases flanking the gas Fireplace with decorative mantel and slate surround while the formal DR includes wainscoting & crown molding. The Master BR includes an updated full bath with tile shower. 2-Family sized bedrooms and a remodeled hall bath with jetted tub round out the main level. Other features include newer vinyl siding, vinyl windows, roof and more. All this on a 2 acre serene wooded setting.


164 Hamilton Avenue, Stratford, CT 06615  

Residential
$249,900
Price
4
Total Rooms
2
Bedrooms
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Tour the newly completed model home. Two remaining as construction continues on this new freestanding Condo Complex-"Hamilton Ave". The complex will include a total of 8 well appointed Town Homes featuring 2.5 baths, hardwood flooring, walk-in closets and modern upgraded Kitchens with granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. There will be (6) 2-BR units with 1-car garages & (2) 3-BR units with 2-car garages. Still plenty of time to pick out your dream kitchen! Fireplace is option. This Stratford location provides easy access to highways and is close to shopping, restaurants, the Lordship beaches and within a mile of the train station.


There are many benefits to installing a security system in your home. It gives you a sense security and safety for you and your family. You’ll be able to be away from your home for both short and long periods with a peace of mind. The one choice you’ll need to make is the type of security system that you want to be installed in your home. Some alarms are manned by commandoes while others have much more simplistic designs.   


While some systems are installed by a professional, others are easier to install and can be done with a DIY approach. Remember that you can always start small and install a more complicated system as time goes on. You don’t even need to know how to use a drill or have any kind of technical expertise for most DIY install security systems. Below, you’ll find the basic steps that you should know before you install a home security system.


Basic Components In Your Home Security Package


  • The main panel complete with keypad
  • Sensors
  • Motion detectors


These are the basic things that will come with every home security system no matter how simple or fancy you get in your alarm system selection. The number of sensors that you need will depend on the number of doors and windows that are in your home. It also is based on your own personal preference. Remember that these sensors will be activated every time a door or window is opened when they are installed in your home. 

 

Install The Security Panel


Security panels are often wireless and should be placed near a power source to plug the panel in. These should also have a backup battery of some sorts. You can either place a nail on the wall or put an adhesive on the back of the panel. It’s really that simple to put the panel up!


Install The Sensors In Your Home


Security systems will come with door and window sensors and possibly along with some motion detectors. They will be placed with a moveable adhesive for your convenience. Every security system will come along with instructions for the optimum locations to place these sensors in. 


Test Your System


Once you have completed the above steps, you’ll need to test your system to ensure that it has been properly activated and that everything is working properly. The specific system that you’re installing should also come along with some instructions for testing purposes. 


While DIY home security systems seem fairly simple, they aren’t for everyone. Some homeowners prefer more complex systems to suit their needs. If a professional installation is for you, you should avoid self-install security systems altogether.    


 




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