5 Things You Should Do Before You Move Into Your New House

1.  Change out the Locks – The first thing you should do after leaving the closing table at the Title Company and receiving the keys is to change the locks of your new home.  You do not know who all has had keys to the home in the past and you want to ensure that you are the sole person with access to your home.  It is very inexpensive to change out the locks yourself or call a locksmith.

2.  Have your A/C Ducts Cleaned Out – Next, you should hire a duct cleaning service to clean out the ducts of your home.  It costs about $400 and will drastically improve the air quality in your new home.

3.  Clean the Carpets – Prior to moving in your furniture and personal belongings, you should steam clean the carpeted areas within your new home.  You have two options to have this work done.  It costs about $50 per day to rent a steam cleaner and do the work yourself or you can hire a professional carpet cleaner for about $50 per room.

4.  Pest Control – Ask a local pest control company to come out and treat the home for unwanted guests including roaches, ants, and spiders.  Depending on your location you might also want the home treated for mice and termites.

5.  Familiarize Yourself with the Location of the Main Water Valve and the Circuit Breaker Box – Make sure to test and ensure all of the switches in the breaker box are labeled appropriately.  It is important to know which switches control the different areas of your new house.  Also, it is good to know where the main water valve shut off is.  You always want to be prepared with that knowledge in case of a plumbing emergency situation.

For more information on important things to do when purchasing your new home, click here 

7 Ways to Have the Best Weekend Ever in New Smyrna Beach

New Smyrna Beach

New Smyrna Beach | http://www.sarahcaudill.com

Have you been dreaming of warm weather, seafood, and salt air?  New Smyrna Beach is calling your name!!

New Smyrna has everything you have been dreaming of from fabulous oceanfront condos to waterfront restaurants to gorgeous white sandy beaches.

Here are some fun things to do while here in the best beach town on the East Coast…

1.  Go to Outriggers and eat the freshest seafood.

Outriggers Tiki Bar and Grill

Outriggers Tiki Bar and Grill | http://www.sarahcaudill.com

2.  Hang out at the Black Dolphin Inn and wake up to one their fabulous breakfasts.

Black Dolphin Inn Bed and Breakfast  | New Smyrna Beach

Black Dolphin Inn Bed and Breakfast | New Smyrna Beach | http://www.sarahcaudill.com

3.  Visit our beach and soak up the sun.  Be sure to send pictures to all of your friends up North who are freezing in the cold.

New Smyrna Beach

New Smyrna Beach | Sarah Caudill | http://www.sarahcaudill.com

4.  Go fishing on one of the charter boats out of the New Smyrna Beach Marina or fish the backwaters of Mosquito Lagoon.

New Smyrna Beach

New Smyrna Beach | http://www.sarahcaudill.com

5.  Stop what you are doing and just admire our ocean views.

New Smyrna Beach | Sarah Caudill

New Smyrna Beach | Sarah Caudill | http://www.sarahcaudill.com

6.  Dine at Breakers on Flagler Avenue overlooking the Atlantic ocean.

The Breakers Restaurant | New Smyrna Beach | Sarah Caudill

The Breakers Restaurant | New Smyrna Beach | Sarah Caudill | http://www.sarahcaudill.com

7.  Check out our gorgeous sunsets over the intracoastal waterway and plot a strategy to move here because you love the Florida Sunshine.

New Smyrna Beach Sunset | Sarah Caudill

New Smyrna Beach Sunset | Sarah Caudill | http://www.sarahcaudill.com

NSB Condos

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on the beach?  Your dream can become reality because living on the beachside in New Smyrna Beach is affordable!  New Smyrna’s Real Estate has condos to meet your desires to live on the intracoastal waterway or directly on our white sandy beaches.

Bouchelle Island Condos

Bouchelle Island Condo

Bouchelle Island Condo – http://www.sarahcaudill.com

http://sarahcaudill.idxbroker.com/idx/details/listing/a096/1019133/458-Bouchelle-Dr-303

Oceania Beach Club Condos

Oceania Beach Club Condo

Oceania Beach Club Condo – http://www.sarahcaudill.com

http://sarahcaudill.idxbroker.com/idx/details/listing/a096/1022780/421-Atlantic-Ave-701

Minorca Condos – Currently the lowest priced Minorca unit

Minorca Condo

Minorca Condo – http://www.sarahcaudill.com

http://sarahcaudill.idxbroker.com/idx/details/listing/a096/1022292/250-Minorca-Beach-Way-203

To see all of the current condos for sale in New Smyrna Beach, be sure to visit http://sarahcaudill.idxbroker.com/i/beach-condos

To see all of the current beachside homes for sale in New Smyrna, visit http://sarahcaudill.idxbroker.com/i/beachside-homes

New Smyrna Beach - www.sarahcaudill.com

New Smyrna Beach – http://www.sarahcaudill.com

History of New Smyrna Beach

Dr. Andrew Turnbull, a Scottish physician and friend of James Grant, recruited 1,300 settlers from Europe and brought them to New Smyrna in 1768 after receiving a grant of land from Britain.  Dr. Andrew Turnbull recruited these settlers mostly from Minorca, an island off of Spain but also recruited from Italy and Greece.  His efforts to establish a colony this large were the first of this magnitude in all of North America.  Dr. Turnbull’s plans were for these settlers to produce rum and grow indigo, hemp, cotton, rice, corn, and sugarcane.

The colony was unsuccessful in New Smyrna due to Indian raids, insect causing disease, and poor management by Turnbull.  About 600 survived this settlement attempt and left in 1777, for St. Augustine where they stayed.

In 1784, the Spanish took the East portion of Florida from the British until the United States in 1819, acquired the area from Spain.  In 1821, the United States established the Territory of Florida.

New Smyrna was incorporated in 1887, with a population of 150.  New Smyrna’s economy grew tremendously with Henry Flagler bringing the East Coast Railway in 1892.  Tourism, Citrus industry, and commercial fishing expanded within the area.

In the 1920’s there was a real estate boom in New Smyrna on and around Canal Street and Faulkner.  Today, we have about 800 buildings that remain from New Smyrna’s historic era. The city annexed the beachside community of Coronado beach in 1947 and the city was renamed to “New Smyrna Beach”.

Today New Smyrna Beach is a vibrant beach town that attracts tourists from all over the world and has just over 20,000 permanent residents.

New Smyrna Beach Municipal Marina www.sarahcaudill.com

New Smyrna Beach Municipal Marina http://www.sarahcaudill.com

New Smyrna Beach Historic Home

New Smyrna Beach Historic Home

New Smyrna Beach Historic Home along Riverside Drive

New Smyrna Beach Historic Home along Riverside Drive

How to Prepare to Sell Your Home

New Smyrna Beach Real Estate

New Smyrna Beach Real Estate

You can do a lot to increase the appeal of your property and to create a lasting impact on potential buyers.

What To Do To Prepare:

The following are a couple of factors to keep in mind when listing your property for sale:

1.  Curb Appeal.

Keeping your landscape pristine, and adding creative touches to your yard, such as colorful flowers, will create an immediate impact on passers-by and potential buyers.

2.  Property Repairs.

Simple upgrades such as window repairs, polishing the doorknobs, and a fresh coat of paint in the most frequently used rooms will instantly brighten up the property.

3.  Cleanliness and Staging.

Keep your property uncluttered, sweet-smelling and well-lit from top-to-bottom. Pay attention to details: put away the kitty litter, place a vase of fresh flowers near the entryway, pop a batch of cinnamon rolls in the oven, have your carpets cleaned.

4.  Disclosures and Inspections.

I am very familiar with the legal procedures involved in disclosures and will help you develop a thorough disclosure statement beneficial to both you and the buyer, as well as suggest home improvement measures before placing your property on the market (such as termite and pest inspections).

5.  Showtime.

Presenting your property to potential buyers is a job that I will take care of for you. Buyers feel more comfortable discussing the property if you are not there. Moreover, I will know what information will be most useful in representing your interests when speaking with prospective buyers.

For more information on how to prepare to sell your home and the selling process please visit my website: http://sarahcaudill.com/sellers/decide-to-sell/

To List your home in Volusia County, call me today at 386-295-8664 or email sarah@sarahcaudill.com.

How to Financially Prepare to Purchase a Home

Before you start shopping for your property, it is a good idea to make some preparations.

Build Your Green File.

A green file contains all your important financial documents. You will need it to secure financing for your property. The typical green file should contain:

  • Financial statements
  • Bank accounts
  • Investments
  • Credit cards
  • Auto loans
  • Recent pay stubs
  • Tax returns for two years
  • Copies of leases for investment properties
  • 401K statements, life insurance, stocks, bonds, and mutual account information.

Check Your Credit Rating.

Your credit score will have a huge impact on what type of property you can buy, and at what price. It is first recommended to check your credit rating with an experienced lending institution so that Sarah can determine what you can afford. The lender will research your credit ratings from the three credit reporting agencies Equifax, Experian and Trans Union. I will be happy to recommend experienced, knowledgeable lenders in the residential, construction, commercial, and investment real estate fields.

Be Careful With Your Finances.

Now is not a good time to make sudden career changes or large purchases. You want to approach your property purchase from a position of financial stability.

Please visit my website to find more tips on preparing to purchase a home  Deciding to Buy and search the MLS listings throughout Volusia County directly on my website www.sarahcaudill.com