Checklist: Prepare for Your Move

Update your mailing address at or fill out a change-of-address form at your local post office. Change your address with important service providers, such as your bank(s), credit companies, magazine subscriptions, and others. Create […]

Questions to Ask About Property Tax

It’s natural for the sale price of a home to loom large in your mind. But don’t forget to look at what your property tax bill might be. What is the assessed value of the […]

Questions to Ask a Home Inspector

Do you belong to a professional association? There are many associations for home inspectors, but some groups confer questionable credentials or certifications in return for nothing more than a fee. Make sure the association your […]

Vocabulary: Transaction Documents

When you walk away from the closing table with a big stack of papers, know what to file away for future reference. Loan estimate Your lender is required to provide you with this three-page document […]

Checklist: For the New Owners

Before the property changes hands, consult this list to make sure these items are transferred with the house. Owner’s manuals and warranties for any appliances left in the house. Garage door opener(s). Extra set of […]