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Tips on Keeping Your Physical and Financial Toolboxes Stocked After Purchasing a Home

by Molly Eovino 03/01/2020


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There are plenty of maintenance concerns to think about when owning a home. Once you’ve completed your purchase and settled in comfortably, it’s important to remember that there will be no landlord to come around and fix those leaky faucets. You’ll need to either fix them yourself or pay to have a professional tackle the job.

Protecting Your Investment: Which Tools Do Homeowners Need?

Physical Tools

1. Claw Hammer

The claw hammer is a classic everyday tool for good reason. With a flat die that is perfect for pounding and a second side featuring a V-shaped notch for extracting nails and other household items from wall or wood safely.

2. Manual Screwdriver Set

Investing in a manual screwdriver set makes it easy to assemble furniture, tighten cabinet doors, remove light switch covers and so much more. Look for a set with multiple blade tips and sizes to get the most from your kit.

3. Cordless Drill

While slightly more expensive than other household tools, a cordless drill will come in very handy over the years. Whether you need to hang a new art piece securely or it’s time to drill a few bolts for your new flat-screen TV, a battery-powered drill will help you get the task done quickly and efficiently.

Financial Tools

1. HomeBudget App

When purchasing a new home, you’ll likely find that the spending doesn’t slow down for quite some time after all the necessary paperwork is completed. With this handy app, you can enter your spending directly after each purchase and share it with other authorized users in your household to keep track of your budget.

2. FileThis

You’re also likely to have a huge amount of important paperwork to keep track of after closing on your new home. If you’re the type of person who struggles to organize your ever-growing stack of financial paperwork, this tool can help. Essentially, this tool works as a digital filing cabinet, logging and organizing your paperwork in a user-friendly system that works.

3. Puddle

Feeling a little cash-strapped after the move? Puddle makes it easy for users to borrow and lend money with friends or loved ones via small, short-term loans. Whether you need extra cash to paint the living room or you want to invest in a home security system, Puddle is designed to help you manage personal loans for a period between 3 and 6 months.

Enjoy Your New Home

You never know what kind of twists and turns life can throw at you after becoming a homeowner. In the event of an emergency, it’s best to have a fully stocked physical and financial toolbox to help keep your life and finances on track.

About the Author
Author

Molly Eovino

Except for a short time, I was a permanent resident in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The heart of the Midwest!  I visited Naples for 30 years, as my parents lived here, watching the community grow from a fishing village to a destination in SW Florida. When my last college bound child hit the University of Iowa in 2001, I hit the road!

I brought with me over a decade of experience in Real Estate, excellent education, and a broad range of interests to jump into the Naples scene with gusto! I "speak" golf and tennis, theater and location/mapping!

In Naples, you will find that nearly everyone is from somewhere else! As a result, your friendships will span the nation and globe, with immediate contacts in England, Germany, France, the East Coast, and the Midwest! Once visitors have experienced Naples, they want to call it home, and then "visit" where they originate from! I am no different, and have tried to learn as much about the town and all it´s history and activities to feel like a native!

I promise you a city tour to help you fall in love with the flavor of Southwest Florida, from the lure of the beaches, morning and sunset, to the different types of golf (equity or bundled). May I interest you in the gourmet flavors that abound, from food to entertainment?

As an active community volunteer in Iowa, I worked on Junior League fundraising events, the Cancer Crusade, March of Dimes, and Kidney foundation drives, and was extremely active in the school committees involving sports (football,basketball, track); cheerleading; and 4 years of show choir productions, Concert Choir, and Madrigal Singers!

Naples has already found a nitch for me in the Naples Players Theater, where I volunteer as a backstage dresser to advance their enthusiastic cause!  I just haven´t gotten on stage...  Growing up in a musical environment,Broadway shows in Naples keep me humming.

The Naples Children & Education Foundation draws my heartfelt attention& volunteer hours  from summer months to the annual Naples Winter Wine Festival in late January.  Their mission statement "supports effective, disciplined charitable programs that significantly improve the physical, emotional and educational lives of underprivileged and at-riskchildren in Collier County, Florida".  As a non-profit organization,the wine festival raised nearly $12 million during the 2019 event! From helping with mailings, to what I call the "quilting table of many hands" for events, I've met many like-minded friends, who believe it's all about the kids!

My educational background spans a multitude of areas, but now they all concentrate on improving my real estate performance. It includes:
BA degrees in Psychology & Vocational Rehabilitation from the University of Northern Colorado.
Mediation Seminars for the Iowa Farmer-Creditor Mediation Services.
Real Estate License in Iowa, REALTOR® 1988
Graduate of the Realtor´s Institute (GRI) 1992
Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) 1994
Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) 1999-2018
Licensed Broker-Associate, Florida, 2001
Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) 2009
Certified Investor Agent Specialist (CIAS) 2012
Resort & Second Home Property Specialist (RSPS) 2016

As you can tell by my "personal resume", we will become friends as well as business associates. I enjoy teaching my customers Real Estate-ese so that you can make an educated decision regarding your first or second home, or your new rental property. The market in Naples is excellent, and truly is a beautiful Paradise! With year-round tropical temperatures and deep blue skies, I hope that you will agree that I provide

"Midwest warmth in the Naples sunshine"!