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A Homeowner's Housing Checklist

guide for home ownersThe following checklist is designed to be printed out and referred to on a regular basis. Each of the links leads to more information on that particular topic. Bookmark this page so that you can keep track of your progress.

Homeowner's Checklist

Take a home inventory. Keep a copy in a safe place. Make an additional copy and keep it outside of the home.
  Maintain a watch on your credit rating. You can get a FREE copy of your Credit Score here. Getting a handle on mistakes and errors early can save a lot of time and aggravation later.

Be familiar with current housing prices in your neighborhood. Being up-to-date on this information gives valuable insight into the best (and worst) times to consider selling you home. 

Spend some time to make a household budget that everyone can live with. Review some helpful budget tips to help you save money.

Make a list of important house information for easy reference. Keep an additional copy at a different location.

A home equity loan or line of credit is a popular way of making use of the equity you have built up in your home. Compare available payments and interest rates to your current debt load and see if you could save money. In addition, the interest on a home equity loan may be tax deductible. You can get up to 4 home equity loan offers from competing lenders from Quicken Loans.
  Know your refinancing options. Keep tabs on the interest rate market to know when it is advantageous to refinance (this can save you literally thousands of dollars!) Quicken Loans also offers refinancing, and you can get up to 4 offers from lenders competing for your business. More information.

Know the current value of your home. You can get a free home valuation from HomeGain here.

If your are remodeling, know all of your options before you start.

Want to improve your financial picture? "Fast track" the equity in your house.
  Homeowners Insurance--make certain you have the best policy available at the best price.
  Safety and security--do a checkup of your house.

Taxes--keep track of your real estate tax situation.
  For tax purposes, keep a record of all improvements done to your house.
  Pests--have annual inspections for wood destroying insects.
  Maintenance--schedule house maintenance on a regular basis.
  Need repairs done? Keep a record of the names and numbers of your best sources. Print out a list to fill out and keep.
  Keep up to date on housing information. See our resources page.
  Keep yourself organized and you will spend less time working at owning a house and more time enjoying it.

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