Protecting Your Tampa Bay Area Home

If you’ve been planning a move to a new home in Clearwater, St. Pete or Tampa, you’ll soon embark on a new experience tied to your responsibilities as a homeowner. This year, if there are two aspects of homeownership you should pay close attention to, it’s the following. When you have a handle on these two, you’ll set yourself up for a smooth and successful transition into owning a new residence or vacation home in the Tampa Bay area. As your Tampa Bay real estate expert, I am happy to assist with your entire Florida real estate journey— from home search to home closing.

Research Homeowners Insurance

Your homeowner’s insurance is one aspect of homeownership you’ll want to get to know— take the time to research its in’s and out’s. How extensive is your coverage? Is it enough to repair or replace items in your Tampa Bay area home? You’ll want to know all of the answers to avoid a stressful situation later. What’s more, maybe you’ve planned a renovation or recently added space or upgrades to your home, it’s great to know how your home updates factor into your homeowner’s insurance policy. “Many homeowners don’t realize they need extra insurance for a detached garage, a fence or a pool,” MSN Real Estate reported. It also may be a good idea to look into the optional sewer and drain backup insurance. If you have additional valuables in your home, expensive items of jewelry, it may be worth discussing the added coverage for peace of mind.

Don’t Hesitate on Repairs

Spring is a great time to do a routine check of your home. Walk around the property and make sure everything is in working order. At the start of a new season, you may be looking for a fresh start— kicking off the season on the right foot— and it’s important for you to help your home in the same way. Begin with the exterior of your home in Clearwater or St. Pete. Grab a pen and paper as you walk around the property to keep tabs on what needs fixing. Look at the landscaping, check the trees and shrubbery to see if they need trimming or removing. Move on to the roof to check for signs of damage or typical wear and then the gutters. Move inside to the important elements like smoke alarms, heating and air units and septic systems. If they are not in proper working condition, it may be time to replace them or take the necessary steps for repair. When you get a jump on these repairs early, knowing exactly what may need updating, you can avoid any surprises down the road.

As a homeowner or even future home seller, it’s time to get started on this home health to-do list, especially as we move forward into the busy late spring and summer months. One of the best next steps you can take to ensure you’re thinking ahead to what a Florida homebuyer wants is teaming up with your local real estate agent. I look forward to hearing from you!

Ken Gorman
Charles Rutenberg Realty
1545 Belcher Road, Clearwater FL 33764
772-452-1098 | ken@kengorman.com

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