New Homeowners Before and After Moving in Checklist
No matter what type key opens the door to your new home, there are numerous sites that point out what you need to do once you open that door! I read all of them the first time I moved and just found the written copy in my drawer.
BEFORE YOU MOVE IN:
1) You will want to have water/electric/gas/oil on when you move in. Call the local companies and make sure its turned on the day before or day of moving.
2) Call a few locksmiths, compare costs (make sure you know how many doors and types of locks you would like to install before calling the locksmith to get accurate cost. Set up appointment for first day.
3) Register your change of address online and start date to forward your current mail.
4) Call phone company (if you still have landline).
5) Can see what cable companies service your area and cost compare. Set up appointment if need to install lines.
6) Compare insurance rates with an insurance broker or various insurance companies. Even if not in flood zone, check to see if there has been any issues with water in the area, and whether it would be worth getting it. We know that is worthwhile call based upon Hurricane Sandy where many homes were flooded.
Make sure you buy a file cabinet – small or large! This will be a critical item to have (outside your furniture and personal effects of course). First thing you will want is a bright colored file folder to put in all of your documents for home purchase, from inspection report, to appraisals, to surveys and Closing Papers!
AFTER YOU MOVE IN:
1) Change those locks, install phone and cable.
2) Make sure you buy a first aid kit for all of those “fixing” up the house chores and keep in a handy cabinet.
3) Make sure you have smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms with plenty of batteries. Keep a fire extinquisher handy, especially if you have a fireplace.
4) Make sure you know where your breaker box and water switches are located.
5) Update your drivers license and vehicle registration.
6) If entitled to a Star Deduction (School Relief tax deduction in Westchester County), go online and see when and how to apply.
7) Look up your medical insurance websites and find local doctors, dentists, eye doctors or specialists. Call and find out hours and I suggest visiting them personally before signing up. Know where the nearest emergency room and walk in doctors are.
8) If have a pet, research local veterinary clinics so that you have them ready when you need them.!
8) If there is an alarm system in the house, or if you want to add one, cost compare some in you new neighborhood.
9) If first time homeowner and moving from apartment, some items you may want to invest on is a snow shovel for winter and yard tools if moving in spring!
AND…Back to that File Cabinet.
Most people buying homes, whether brand new or already lived in will be making updates, or installing new kitchen, repointing fireplaces, adding a powder room, upgrading electrical and the list goes on! Its important to keep track of all major, or even minor home expenditures, including money spent on the upgrades, copies of the warranties, assembly directions and repair services. Easy access is great for troubleshooting as your appliances get older, and can provide a tax advantage when you go to sell the house. So, keep the files in a safe place. It is also nice to have the purchases and warranties handy for future home buyers.
A good site to visit if you would like to know how the world says “Merry Christmas” is
Although there are numerous countries where there is only 10% of the country who practice the Christian faith, its always interesting to know how things are said globally.
Here is a partial list from the above website:
Afrikaans: Geseënde Kersfees
Arabic: Milad Majid
Argentine: Feliz Navidad
Armenian: Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand
Brazilian: Feliz Natal
Bulgarian: Tchestita Koleda; Tchestito Rojdestvo Hristovo
Chinese: (Cantonese) Gun Tso Sun Tan’Gung Haw Sun
Chinese: (Mandarin) Sheng Dan Kuai Le
Columbia: Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo
Czech: Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a stastny Novy Rok
Dutch: Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar! or Zalig Kerstfeast
English: Merry Christmas
French: Joyeux Noel
German: Fröhliche Weihnachten
Greek: Kala Christouyenna!
Haiti: (Creole) Jwaye Nowel or to Jesus Edo Bri’cho o Rish D’Shato Brichto
Hindi: Shub Naya Baras (good New Year not Merry Christmas)
Hungarian: Boldog Karácsonyt
Irish: Nollaig Shona Dhuit, or Nodlaig mhaith chugnat
Italian: Buone Feste Natalizie
Japanese: Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto
Korean: Sung Tan Chuk Ha
Norwegian: God Jul, or Gledelig Jul
Philippines: Maligayang Pasko!
Polish: Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia or Boze Narodzenie
Russian: Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva is Novim Godom
Spanish: Feliz Navidad
Swedish: God Jul and (Och) Ett Gott Nytt År
Switzerland (Swiss-German): Schöni Wienachte
Tagalog: Maligayamg Pasko. Masaganang Bagong Taon
Turkish: Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
A great site to visit to find out how Christmas is celebrated with different traditions and customs is http://www.whychristmas.com/customs/languages.shtml
Here is a sample of what you will find!
France, Yule Logs made out of Cherry Wood are often burned is French homes. The log is carried into the home on Christmas Eve and is sprinkled with red wine to make the log smell nice when it is burning. There is a custom that the log and candles are left burning all night with some food and drinks left out in case Mary and the baby Jesus come past during the night.
Italy:One of the most important ways of celebrating Christmas in Italy is the Nativity crib scene Having cribs in your own home became popular in the 16th century and it’s still popular today (before that only churches and monasteries had cribs). Cribs are traditionally put out on the 8th December. But the figure of the baby Jesus isn’t put into the crib until the evening/night of December 24th!
Germany: Christmas Trees are very important in Germany. They were first used in Germany during the Middle Ages. If there are young children in the house, the trees are usually secretly decorated by the Mother of the family. The Christmas tree was traditionally brought into the house on Christmas eve, and during that evening the family would read the Bible and sing Christmas songs such as O Tannenbaum, Ihr Kinderlein Kommet and Stille Nacht (Slient Night).
Spain, Children have some presents on Christmas Day, but most are opened at Epiphany. Some children believe that the Kings bring presents to them at Epiphany. They write letters to the Kings on Boxing Day, December 26th, asking for toys and presents. And on Epiphany Eve (January 5th) they leave shoes on windowsills or balconies or under the Christmas Tree to be filled with presents
Ghana: People in Ghana celebrate Christmas from the 20th of December to first week in January with lots of different activities. Many people travel to visit their relatives and friends in other parts of the country. Over 66 languages are spoken in Ghana and all these language groups have their own traditions and customs!
Wishing all of your a Happy Holiday Season. If looking for a new home in the New Year in the White Plains area, feel free to call/text me at 914-523-5087 for information on new listings and the marketplace. Regards, Barbara Bartell, SRES.
If you looking to rent, buy or sell in Hartsdale/Scarsdale/White Plains area and would some information on the area, I am available via email at email@example.com or text/call on my cell at 914-523-5087. Even if want to know where to eat. Ask!
Hudson Grille is a popular restaurant on Mamaroneck Avenue in downtown White Plains. What makes it a destination point is the special attention Executive Chef Donal O’Rourke takes to prepare a menu that appeals to all tastes.
Chef Donal O’Rourke graduated from Culinary Institute of Ireland and traveled the world to learn different cuisines, which he incorporates in his meals.
Hudson Grille offers lunch, brunch and dinner. If you are grabbing lunch, or cocktails and quick dinner, you have a wide array of choices from burgers, to salads, to interesting sandwiches. If you are looking to dine out, Hudson Grille has a dining room separate from the bar area where you can find a selection of “small plates”, salads, complemented by an interesting dinner menu. There is even a section for gluten free and vegetarian food if you like. Chef Donal changes the menu 4 times a year to reflect seasonal changes. but also He pays special attention to the presentation of the meals on the plate. Oh yes, and don’t forget to check out the in-house made dessert list.!
Our Executive Chef now also calls White Plains his home. I had the pleasure of working with Donal, his wife and family in closing on their new home that J. Philip Real Estate represented, just one mile from Hudson Grille! Welcome to White Plains and we all look forward to coming to Hudson Grille in the near future.
Whether you are relocating from out of town and want to rent before buying, are downsizing from a home and want to stay in the area, or have always been a renter, White Plains has a wide range of choices.
You can rent a condo, coop, house, or apartment building. The price range is varied. Prices vary depending on how new the building is, how many amenities and whether it has parking. Parking can be a challenge for many of the “train accessible non-doorman buildings”, but there are several municipal lots that tenants take advantage of. You can pay daily or get a monthly parking permit.
One bedrooms can start around $1300 for the non-doorman buildings along North Broadway, to $2200 for a one bedroom at a building like The Seasons on Martine, and up to a whopping $5,000 a month for an apartment at The Ritz. Two bedrooms generally start around $1800 and up. Homes that are listed currently range from $1700 for a small older home up to $5,000 for a 3400 square foot more modern home.
If looking at the upscale apartment buildings like The Avalon or
Bank Street Commons you are looking at one bedrooms starting at $2300 and 2 bedrooms starting at $3,000/month. Additional cost for parking!
Whether you are renting an apartment, condo, coop or home, be prepared to furnish W-2’s, credit reports, employer information and references and in some cases bank statements with proof of funds. In the case of renting a coop, you will also have to go before a coop board for approval.
Currently there are about 344 various rentals available in the White Plains area.
If you are considering renting in White Plains, feel free to text or call me at 914-523-5087 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
If you are looking for that home in Lower Westchester County, don’t hesitate to call/text me at 914-523-5087 or email me at email@example.com