It’s time to turn back the clock! Daylight Saving Time comes to an end on Sunday, November 3rd, at 2:00 am. This means that we get an extra hour of daylight this weekend. What will you do with the additional time? It is the perfect opportunity to be productive. Why not tackle some real estate tasks that you have been too busy to get to. Here are our recommendations for things to do during the extra hour of time!
Use the hour to find and organize the financial documents you will need for mortgage pre-approval. These documents include tax statements (ie W2s, tax returns), proof of income (ie paystubs), bank and credit card statements. In addition, you will need to provide information regarding previous places of residence, current place of employment, and monthly income. Start making these lists so you are ready to apply for pre-approval.
Start Your Home Search.
Use the hour to start your search for a new home. Begin by creating a list of must-haves and wants. Determine what neighborhoods you want to look within and what architectural design you prefer. Know what your budget is. These perimeters will allow you to use your time wisely as you begin searching listings online.
Find Out What Your Home Is Worth.
Use the hour to find out what your current home is worth. This is the first information you need when you start the process of selling. Find the market value of your home for free HERE! This information will help you set your buying budget. If you are unhappy with the price, take the additional time to think of upgrades/improvements you can make to your home to increase its value. Do some research to find out the return on investment for some projects and talk to your realtor to find ways to up your home’s worth.
Do Home Chores.
Use the hour to get some things completed around the house. It’s the perfect opportunity to complete those basic tasks that often get overlooked. Organize your fridge and pantry and clear it out of expired food. Replace your air conditioning and furnace filters. Rotate your mattress. Change the batteries in your smoke detectors.