We Love The House! We've Never Had A (Insert Item Here) Before!

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Real Estate Agent with Steinborn Referral Associates - Las Cruces, NM
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I spent my morning watching a septic certification. I'd never been through one before so it was a learning experience. As I listened to their initial report, this blog post came to mind.

It was obvious that: A. The previous owners had never used/maintained a septic tank/field before and B. Didn't ask anyone how to do it.  Hence, the name of this post.

This is something I learned many years ago when I bought my first home with a pool. I'd grown up with a pool so I knew the basics but there was new technology. I called the installer and, lo and behold, they had a New Pool Owner school. In an hour, I had learned what I needed to maintain the pool as perfectly as I could. When I later sold the home, the pool was in great shape.

Please heed this my home buyers: If you have found your dream home with a feature that you've never had before, ASK FOR A NEW OWNER SCHOOL!!! This includes pools, septic tanks/fields, solar panels, and everything in between. Chances are the installer's information will be found somewhere on the equipment like the first step of the pool or on the back of a solar panel. If that doesn't pan out, ask your REALTOR® for their recommendations. I have a list of businesses that do these kinds of services and will voluntarily give them to my new home buyer.

The same thing goes for appliances - if you've never used the kind of appliances in your new home and the owner's manuals are nowhere to be found, Google will be your friend. Put in the make and model of your fridge, microwave, oven, dishwasher, etc and you should see the manufacturer's website come up. Many times, you'll find that manual in PDF form and free to download.

Don't fall into the "Oh, I can figure it out" mode. When in doubt, RTM: read the manual or ask someone for help. In the long run, you'll be much better off and not like what my septic inspection turned up this morning.

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Reuben Fine
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RTM... great advice!

October 16, 2012 09:45 AM
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Kevin Mackessy
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Always head to Google to try and get a handle on your problem yourself.  You learn quite a lot doing it on your own.  Once things are out of your expertise call the professionals!

October 16, 2012 10:06 AM
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
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I've printed out appliance manuals using Google and found that SO helpful! Nice that you've found local resources for New Owner School too.

October 16, 2012 10:20 AM
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Evelyn Kennedy
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EmmaryL

I like your idea of a school for new features in a home.  Your ability to provide that service to your clients is a real plus.

October 16, 2012 10:33 AM
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Sussie Sutton
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RTM! I LIKE THAT! lol too funny. However, you can also find the info on the internet. But if you are like me I do better hands on and I would suggest the school.

October 29, 2012 05:49 PM
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