Three Things Every Mission Viejo Home Buyer Needs to Do After the Close of Escrow

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Three Things Every Mission Viejo Home Buyer Needs to Do After the Close of Escrow

Three Mission Viejo Real Estate Must Do’s – After The Close of Escrow

There are three items you must do after the close of escrow on your Mission Viejo home.  These will give you peace of mind, will help you sleep better, and will make sure you don’t miss out on taking advantage of everything you are entitled to after the close of escrow.  Just read on and you’ll see why.

  1. Re-Key your Mission Viejo, Coto de Caza, or Rancho Santa Margarita home.  I don’t care if you think I’m nagging you by bringing re-keying your home up again and again.  It is important for your safety.  Not re-keying your home is basically leaving an open invitation for everyone who ever had a key to your house to come on over and help themselves.  Don’t leave yourself and your family exposed to that possibility – no matter how remote the chances might be.  It’s cheap, quick, and easy.  No excuses.
  2. This is really a two part task.  Part 1 of number 2 is to add the Home Warranty Company customer service contact phone number to your contacts on your phone.  File it under something you’ll remember like “Home Warranty Contact.”  Just a suggestion.  Always call the Home Warranty Company FIRST if anything should go wrong in your home.  At least check to see if it is covered!  Part 2 of number 2 is to add an appointment on your calendar on the 345th day after your close of escrow.  Your Home Warranty Policy (assuming one was purchased) gives you coverage for one year.  Giving yourself a reminder a couple of weeks before your year is over will give you a little time to look around the house.  Jiggle and flush all the toilets, run the heat and the air conditioning no matter what the weather is doing outside your home, turn on the oven, all the burners on the stove, and look under every sink in case anything is dripping.  Then call the Home Warranty Company if anything needs servicing while you are still covered.
  3. This is also a two part task.  Part 1 of number 3 is to add the Termite Company contact information to your contacts on your phone.  File it under something you’ll remember like “Termite Company.”   Part 2 is to give yourself two reminders on your calendar.  The first is pretty much like the Home Warranty Reminder.  In fact, put both reminders on the 345th day after you close escrow.  Any wood repairs or other repairs done to the home by the termite company come with a state mandated one year warranty.  When that 345th day comes, check to see that all the work still looks good.  Just in case there’s anything needing attention that is still under warranty.  Call the termite company and have them come take a look if you feel like anything is awry.  The second calendar reminder is for the 700th day after you close escrow.  Put an appointment on your calendar to call the termite company to come out and re-inspect for active infestation.  If you house was tented or locally treated as a part of your escrow, that comes with a state mandated two year warranty.  Don’t wait until the last minute.  Give yourself a good month to make sure the termite people have time to come re-inspect and re-treat if necessary.

And here’s a little factoid you can drop the next time you need a conversation starter. According to my go-to pest inspector Brett Rockwell with Rockwell Pest Solutions  909-991-8447, it is extremely improbable any termites will be found two years after a house is fumigated, since it takes five years for the termites to create visible evidence for an inspector to find.

I’m Leslie Eskildsen.  Keeping it Real in Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Coto de Caza, and Laguna Niguel Real Estate.

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