Frank Rubi, (Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC)

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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

I would add to have the dryer vent cleaned, Know or identify all circuit breakers and main shut offs in each electric panel. Buy a couple of HVAC filters to have on hand and change them regularly. Have an energy audit done by the electric company to maximize efficiency. Install motion activated exterior security lighting if applicable. Have garage doors and all mechanical items inspected and serviced as needed if not completed already. An ounce of prevention goes a long way to provide a happy home.

P.S. Changing out the washing machine hoses won't hurt either. It's a cheap price to pay for keeping the #1 source of avoidable flooding from damaging your new home.

Apr 21, 2015 06:41 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

pay the mortgage in a very timely fashion, first and foremost....

Apr 21, 2015 03:10 AM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Change the locks and let me know if I can assist them with anything down the road. 

Apr 21, 2015 01:54 AM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Remember me when you are ready to move up or sell?  

I think your list is right on.  The home inspection report is often a good manual for home maitenance issues and I tell them to pay attention to it.

Apr 22, 2015 02:34 AM
Janette Friend-Harrington
Coldwell Banker United, Realtors - Austin, TX
Your Friends in Real Estate

What a great list of answers. I'm noting every one. Many of which we already do.

Also we talk about building/rebuilding (as needed) their 3 -6 months of expenses in savings so they are not house rich & cash poor.  And also not to put themselves into debt to furnish their wonderful new home.  Take the time & do it right,  protecting their family.  While that may not stop them from debt, they may at least think more carefully about

Apr 22, 2015 12:50 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

We recommend an annual service contract for the heating and air conditioning equipment.

Apr 21, 2015 03:17 AM
Beatrice Briseno
RE/MAX Unlimited - San Antonio, TX
Beatrice M. Briseno, GRI, CDPE, San Antonio, TX

I always tell them to have the home rekeyed

Apr 21, 2015 01:48 AM
Spirit Messingham
Tierra Antigua Realty - Tucson, AZ
Third Generation Full-Time Realtor® 520 471-6900

We usually review options while we view the property, or while I am attending home inspections or at the final walk thru, seeing it sometimes for the first time empty.  I am in over 400+ properties a year, gives me a lot of experience of things i have seen that I like, that "work" to suggest to new home owners.  For older homes (a passion of mine) I will often times suggest updating the windows.


PS we review the gas, and both water shut offs (at the street and at the house) while at the home inspections.  Important stuff for the home owners to know.

Apr 21, 2015 12:51 AM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Change the locks and enjoy their new home!

Apr 22, 2015 12:37 PM
Geoff Grist
Mosman Neutral Bay Realty, Sydney Australia - Sydney, AU
Author of Sold Above Market book

When I sell a home, I do two things for the new buyers who will become my new client further down the track. 1. I donate a SWAG to the homeless at and 2. I gift them a handy man for 2 hours after they have moved in to help them with those little jobs like hanging pictures, changing light globes, fixing doors and windows, all the things that husband said he would do but we all know he will never get around to.

Apr 22, 2015 10:10 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

I am a facilitator to the transaction not their Mom & Dad. Responsibilities come with homeownership. At the home inspection many smart tips are offered & mentioned below.

Apr 22, 2015 07:28 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Frank - Great question. I typically just recommend changing the locks, and make sure they have all the information to change the utilities into their name. However, after reading the responses, I have a few new ideas.

Apr 21, 2015 05:00 AM
Takia C. Walker
United Real Estate Columbia - Columbia, SC
Real Estate

Frank, like you, the first thing I tell them is to definitely change their locks! Next, get your utilities setup and in order. Third, ensure that your property is assessed at the correct percentage with the Assessor's Office. Fourth, make copies of all of your closing documents and put the originals in a safe place even if that means purchasing a security deposit box. Fifth, thoroughly clean the home or hire a cleaning crew.

Apr 21, 2015 12:52 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Yes, locks are the first thing.

Oct 15, 2018 07:27 AM
Ajay Pandya
e-Merge Real Estate - Columbus, OH
Realtor Ajay Pandya

I do not suggest anything after the sale.

Apr 26, 2018 08:13 PM
Ernest Villafranca
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate - Oakland, CA
3923 Grand Ave. Oakland CA, 510-418-9443

Pay it off ASAP. Just cause they gave you 30 years doesn't mean you can pay it off sooner. And save a lot of money.

May 04, 2015 10:02 AM
Diane Collier
Keller Williams Northern Colorado - Winter Park, CO

I agree, change the locks is the first thing I tell new homeowners.

Apr 25, 2015 01:15 AM
Margaret Kapranos
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Novato, CA
San Francisco Bay Area REALTOR. 415-608-5070

To make any overall improvements before they move painting, change floors or whatever else they can afford or must fix. After that, then they can move in. Also, change of address forms, mail forwarding for all of their bills etc.

Apr 23, 2015 01:52 AM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

I tell them to start a record of all home maintence issues--whatever they do to the house (painting, new a/c, appliance warranties, etc) and change the locks.

Apr 23, 2015 01:08 AM
Art Welch
Superstars Realty - Buckeye, AZ

Don't forget at the first of the year send their closing statement just in case they need it to file Taxes, and ask for a referral!

Apr 23, 2015 01:04 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

I always review their tax records after they close and send them a copy so they have a live link and a place to view their records. Since I typically offer a free Energy Audit, that might come with energy efficient suggestions for them and we discuss those.  And I call back after the sale to see if they need any referrals for vendors.  I've got their back!

Apr 22, 2015 02:54 PM
Keith Whited
RE/MAX Gateway - Alexandria, VA

Maintain the property to preserve future value and to call me with any questions they may have.

Apr 22, 2015 01:29 PM
Philip Duncan

Have your home inspected for termites once a year.

Apr 22, 2015 04:34 AM
Ron Aguilar
Gateway Mortgage Group - Saint George, UT
Mortgage & Real Estate Advisor since 1995

Everyone is correct, great topic to discuss

Apr 22, 2015 04:21 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Knowing where the water shut off valve is a very important piece of information, to know!  I learned it at the second house I owned.  It turned out to be in a very unusual spot on a large lot, and I wouldn't have found it had the seller not told me where it was.

Apr 22, 2015 02:22 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

So many wonderful answers. You've just given me an idea for something I can write... 

Apr 22, 2015 01:43 AM
Erick Blackwelder
Cell: 703-677-1120 - Woodbridge, VA
Text or call Erick now at 703-677-1120.

Call them every year on their birthdays, and you'll win their referrals for life.  

I learned this lesson from Buzz O'Toole.  He was a member of my mastermind group before he passed away a few years ago.

Buzz called my wife, Patty, and me on our birthdays every year like clockwork.  We were so flattered.  Buzz worked an area that is beyond the northern area of our market, so guess who got the leads we received for that area???  Buzz got those leads.

So get their birthdays during the transaction and make those calls.  

Apr 22, 2015 12:34 AM
Bill Morrow
Keller Williams of Central PA - Mechanicsburg, PA
Bill Morrow, Associate Broker

Change the Locks for sure! Having been a volunteer fireman I also suggest they change all of the smoke and CO2 detector batteries as well.  I often times will give the buyers a gift card to a local Locksmith as  closing gift and give them a new Multi Purpose Fire Extinguisher as well. 


Apr 22, 2015 12:04 AM
Denice Thompson Neddo
Portland Vancouver Homes - Portland, OR
Real Estate Sales and Real Estate Coach

Change the locks, change the garage door codes, make sure to contact all utilities, call me if the listing agent does not remove the sign promptly. 

Apr 21, 2015 11:24 PM
Gene Fitzpatrick
Charlotte, NC
the Mortgage Doctor

Change the locks even on a brand new home.  Many years ago, we were burglarized after moving into our first new home.   The police were 100% sure that some of the subcontractors working down the block had master keys but it was impossible to prove who had done it.  Never again did I not change all the locks.

Apr 21, 2015 11:24 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

It kind of depends on the buyers. Recently I had some first time buyers. My recommendation to them was to get a nice savings built up to prepare for the a job loss or an expected home repair. 

Apr 21, 2015 02:27 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I advise them about the deed scam and other junk mail that will be coming in the mail and to disregard. I also suggest they rekey the house and to be sure to call me if they have any questions at all.

Apr 21, 2015 01:58 PM
Jack Lewitz
Exit Strategy Realty - Evanston, IL

This is the best time to ask for s referral . Take advantage of the moment.

Apr 21, 2015 08:51 AM
Jeanne Gregory
RE/MAX Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
The most important home I sell is YOURS!

Change the locks and don't pay anyone to file your homestead documents.

Apr 21, 2015 07:33 AM
Kate McQueen
Realty Associates Texas - Cypress, TX
Tailored service for your real estate needs!

I let them know that referrals are appreciated!  Beyond that, I remind them to be sure to file their homestead exemption with the county appraisal district on the following January.  And it's always okay to contact me if they have questions.

Apr 21, 2015 06:21 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Frank..That is a must for sure.  But I also get them to understand about maintaining their home and why.

Apr 21, 2015 05:19 AM