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New Year New Home: a moving in checklist

Congratulations on making it through another crazy year! You may be thinking now is a good time to purchase a new home. The good news is, you’re right, it is a great time! But, buying a house is a big deal and there is so much to do! So many different things to remember that in the hustle of the new year and that holiday daze, we can forget. You can get overwhelmed by all the things needing to get done. With all this in mind, we have compiled a check list to help make your move a little easier!

Home Floor Plan Picture

Home Documentation

  • Make sure to re-read and check the following things before your final walk through:
    • Your inspection report and purchase agreement as well as, utility system instruction manuals and service information. Most systems in your home will need to be serviced at least once a year by a professional contractor to keep them running smoothly and help them have the best life possible.
  • Ask the seller for documentation on appliances and equipment. Such as instruction books for appliances, service information, contractor information and any warranties that can be transferred into your name. Speaking of warranties, ask your home inspector if you get any warranties with your inspection.
  • Learn the operations of your HVAC system. Asking the seller or your home inspector how to operate the heating and cooling system if you are unsure of the operations is a great place to start.


  • Ask your home inspector about past water leaks on the ceilings, in the basement/crawlspace, at the water heater and other plumbing. It’s been a few weeks since the inspection and you want to make sure to re read your report before going into the final walk through.

Fire Safety

  • Go through the house and make sure there are smoke detectors in all the main living spaces. If not make a note to get some to install after moving in. Pro-tip: write down the date on the smoke detector with a sharpie, (they only last 10 years).
  • Get a fire extinguisher. Hopefully you will never need one. However, it is always better to have one and not need it then to need one and not have one.

Utilities, Warranties, and Home Insurance

  • Prior to closing, transfer all the utilities into your name. This is also a good time to ask the utility company about home operating tips to keep your bills low.
  • Ask your agent or your new neighbors about the garbage and recycling schedules.
  • Insurance is required by mortgage companies. They may need certain reports done by a home inspector. Make sure to ask if you need them and have them done with your full home inspection. Most home inspectors can perform these reports at the same time as the scheduled full home and you can ask about them when scheduling your inspection. This can also save you some money if done at the same time as a full general home inspection.

Home Safety

  • Change the locks and security codes when moving in.
  • Know how your garage door operates and remember to ask for the garage door openers at closing. Understanding the operation of your garage door system and how to use it when power is off is a necessary skill in areas that have a lot of power outages or surges.
Garage Door Key Cable Release
Garage Door and Operator- Extension Spring
  • Know where your main shut offs are: for water, gas, and electricity. Know where the main electrical disconnect is located in case of an emergency. This could be a fuse block, breaker or switch. As well as the furnace disconnect switch, (if electrical) or the fuel valves (if gas).

More Safety shutoffs in your home

  • Air conditioning disconnect switch
  • Hot water shut off
  • Individual breakers or fuses for branch circuits.
  • Plumbing valves for appliances and main distribution connections.
  • In the event of an emergency knowing where these shut offs are is important. Make sure everyone in your home knows where they are and how to disconnect or turn them off.
  • Know where your lighting controls are. For exterior security.


  1. Have your important documents all in one place
  2. Understand how to operate your new cooling and heating systems
  3. Check for previous or active leaks
  4. Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors throughout the home if applicable
  5. Buy a new fire extinguisher
  6. Transfer utilities into your name and update your billing address
  7. Know the garbage and recycle pick up in your new neighborhood
  8. Change all exterior locks on your new home
  9. Understand how to operate your garage door
  10. Know where your main shutoffs are located

Moving into your new home is so exciting but can also be exhausting. Hopefully this list will help you on your way to a happy and healthy home!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Dream Pie.

After a long day of booking home inspections and talking to real estate agents, a nice slice of pie is what this mama needs.

I was trying to find a good low crab dessert that my whole family can enjoy and still be healthy to eat. I decided to try my own version of this delirious pie that is also gluten free and has very little sugar.

What you will need: Peanut Butte Cookie Bottom

  • 1 cup Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 egg

Cream Cheese Filling:

  • 1 Cup heavy Cream
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla

Chocolate filling:

  • 1 Cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4th cup coco powder
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla

Whipped Topping:

  • 1 cup heavy creme
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla


Start by preheating the oven to 350. Make the peanut butter cookie crust first. Mix the peanut butter, egg and sugar together. Place the batter into a baking dish and flatten out. Place dish into the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the glossy look is gone. Wait for the cookie to cool completely before adding the filling. While waiting for the cookie to cool is a great time to make the filling.

In a stand mixer pour the cream and vanilla and mix on medium until the whipped cream starts to take form. Add the room temp cream cheese to the whipped cream and mix until combined and fluffy. Store in a bowl in the refrigerator until the cookie is cooled and start on the chocolate filling. again pour the cream and vanilla into the bowl and mix it on medium until the whipped cream is made. Add the sugar and coco powder mix until combined. place the chocolate filling into a bowl and put into the fridge. now for the topping. pour the cream and vanilla into the mixing bowl and whip until there are light peaks forming the topping should be less thick than the two filling creams.

When the cookie is cooled completely put the cream cheese filling evenly on the cookie top. Repeat with the chocolate and whipped cream. Chill in the freezer for 30 minutes or fridge for one hour.


Please note that this pie is not very sweet. The sweetest part is the cookie. If you are wanting a sweeter dessert add more sweetener to the cream mixtures. I only added 1 teaspoon of sugar to the chocolate so it was more of a dark chocolate taste. Have fun with the recipe. Thank you!

What is a Pre-Listing Inspection?

There are different types of inspections depending on your needs at the time.

  • Buyer’s inspection
  • Pre-listing inspection
  • Warranty inspections
  • Insurance inspections

We are here to help you where you are at. A pre-listing inspection is just a home inspection performed before you list your home.

Should I get a pre-listing inspection?

Thinking of selling your home and want to do a little work on it before putting it on the market? Where should you start? We can help you with that! Most home inspectors can and will perform a pre-listing inspection. It goes over all the same stuff as the buyers inspection with just a few differences. You get to see the report and are able to fix the things you feel are important. In some cases the buyer will still get their own inspection. However, you usually won’t get to see that report.

Should I hire a listing agent to sell my home?

Yes, your realtor has a keen insight into what would help sell your home the fastest and knows exactly where to list your home to get the best exposure. They also help you with any questions you may have. Also, in the negotiation phase they are invaluable!

How much does a Pre-listing inspection cost?

The cost of your inspection will depend on the age and size of the home. Some other things to consider is if you choose to add on other inspection types. Such as irrigation system inspection, pool/spa, sewer scope, etc. You can check out our website for more information on inspection types and what they include. Prices can range from $360-$600+ just depending on many different factors. Most home inspection companies are happy to give you a free quote over the phone. Don’t hesitate if you have questions to call and get a quote to get you started!

Will it help my home sell faster?

It may be able to help your home sell faster. However, make sure to lean on your real estate professional’s experience and expertise on the current market and ask for their advice.

Can I get a pre-listing inspection even if I’m not selling my home?

Yes, if you want to get an inspection on your home for maintenance purposes or peace of mind, home inspectors are happy to help. Helping you keep your home safe and efficient is our priority. Some even get a home inspection on their 1 year old home to give to their home warranty company.

In Conclusion.

  • Hire a realtor (ask for their expert advice) when selling is recommended.
  • You get to read the whole report.
  • It may speed up the selling process.
  • A home inspection is to inform you of the condition the major systems are in.

Attractions Fl (Sea World Experience)

Sea world is a place of excitement and wonder. There is so much to see and so much to experience. One day is just not enough to enjoy all this wonderful park has to offer. With the attractions, the sea life, and the rides it is something to remember for a long time to come. I remember going as a teen and that is something I remember more than Disney.

There are fun shows the whole family can enjoy. There is the sea Lion and otter show. It is funny and younger kids will love the humor and the animals. They perform a very cute interactive skit with the animals.

Sea Lion and Otter show

Seeing the dolphins and killer whales was truly awe inspiring! I recall the first time I went when I was 17. The whale trainers would swim with the killer whales and lift them into the air as they swam. It was amazing! This recent experience was a little different however, still amazing to see! They are big whales and the whole family will learn about their habitats and behaviors in the wild. Not only will you enjoy the animals jumping, swimming and splashing you, if you are lucky enough to be in the “SOAK ZONE” you will learn something you can take with you forever.

Killer Whale show.

The dolphins were by far our whole families favorite! With the flips and swimming it is amazing! The trainers show you how they train them and what they can do in the wild too. Most of us may never see a dolphin in the wild. They also teach you some dolphin facts. like how long they can hold their breath and how high they can leap into the water!

Dolphin Show!

There are fun roller coasters and even a place with child rides so they wont feel left out. You cant bring in outside food to the park so there is an option to have all day dining. You and your family can eat there all day every hour. We packed a lunch not knowing this rule and it went bad I just wanted to warn you before you went if you decided to bring your own lunch.

For residents of Florida it is really cool because you can get a yearly subscription which is much cheaper than the one time pass! You and your family can go any time in the calendar year (block out dates may apply) and enjoy the sea life at this amazing park!

Left over Chicken Green Chile Risotto.

There are so many different meals you can create with a left over rotisserie chicken. This past week I’ve been watching the food channel. We all know we usually gain weight by just watching it. Well, I do because I love to try the new recipes I see and give them a twist of my own. With the left over chicken it was the perfect time to try a risotto.

What is a risotto? Risotto is an Italian dish made with a high starch short grain rice. Such as Italian Arborio, Carnaroli, or Vialone Nano rice. This kinda rice can absorb a lot of liquid without becoming mushy. It should come out as a creamy dish. I don’t have these types of rice on hand so I used Jazmine rice. It wasn’t as creamy but still delicious!

Chicken stock, green chili sauce, and left over chicken.

You will need.

One quart of stock (beef, chicken, or veggie)

1/2 cup green chile sauce

1/2 cup diced onion

3 tablespoons butter divided

1 1/2 cups rice

Left over rotisserie chicken

1/2 cup cheese

Start by cooking the onions with 1 tablespoon of butter in your sauce pan. In a smaller pan heat up the broth and green chili sauce. Keep it on low so that the broth will stay hot but not boil over. Once the onions are soft add in the rice and toast it for a couple minutes in the butter. Then start adding the broth to the rice.

Looking good.

This dish requires a lot of your attention. Stir the broth and rice every couple of mins while adding in more broth as needed then add the chopped up chicken and spices of your choice.

1/4 teaspoon paprika and chili powder, salt pepper to taste, 1/2 teaspoon parsley and oregano. Fresh would be amazing!

It may not have been exactly a risotto in the traditional sense. However, it was fun and easy to make. Pair it with some yummy cheesy bread sticks and you have a nice chicken and rice dinner for 6.

Feeding a family of 5 on a budget has its challenges. However, getting creative and having fun with the ingredients you have on hand makes it less stressful. Plus creating is so much fun! Have a great week! Let me know if you try this recipe and what you think.

Easiest Homemade Cheesecake

In our family cheesecake is the celebration dessert! My husband and I even had a cheese cake made as our wedding cake. I make a cheese cake for thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays, any holiday really! I’ve come to love making it and I have the easiest never fail recipe for it! This time I made it without the crust however, I will put the crust recipe on here as well!

Everything you need!

Crust! You can use your favorite cookies or gram crackers or cereal! All you do is put desired amount into a food processor and crush them until they are fine crumbs. Then add 2 tablespoons of melted butter and stir it in. Form it at the bottom of your spring form pan and bake at 350 degrees for 10 mins. Then let cool while you whip up the yummy filling!


Two 8 ounce packages of cream cheese.

Chef note: I like the name brand cream cheeses. However, this time I used the store brand and it tasted good!

1 egg (room temperature)

1 cup granulated sugar ( I used half a cup so it wasn’t so sweet)

Teaspoon vanilla

Add sugar and cream cheese into the mixer and mix until combined. Add the egg and vanilla. Mix until combined. Then simply pour in your crust. With the oven set to 350 degrees bake for 35-40 mins. Or until the center is set. (Doesn’t move around).

Placing the spring form pan in a cookie sheet with water will help the cake to bake evenly!

Bake at 350 for 35-40 mins.

For this cake I made a fresh cherry topping. Cheese cake is always best served cold! 😁

Let me know how you like this recipe in the comments below.

Taco Tuesday Dinner

We have a tradition in our house. Taco Tuesday! It has become so regular that if we have tacos on a Wednesday my son says “we can’t have tacos! It isn’t Tuesday!” So I decided to show you how we make tacos. Of course it isn’t a hard meal to make and you most likely make it the same as I but this Tuesday we tried something new, something BOLD!

The bold kit by old El Paso 😋

We had never tried it before. It came with the seasoning and a sauce in the package so all I really needed was the ground beef! Easy peasy taco dinner. I usually use the soft corn tortillas and heat them in the oven. This was a nice treat.

I like onions in my tacos so I cut up an onion and put some olive oil in a pot to heat up and start sweating.

Sweaty selfie! 😂

Then I added two pounds of ground beef.

Steak tar tar mmmm

I browned the meat (drain off any excess grease) and added the sauce and the seasoning that came with the package of taco shells. Mmmm good enough to eat!

With the sauce and seasoning.

Tastes amazing! I always taste to make sure it is seasoned just right. Also a second taste to be sure! 😁 now time to get those shells in the oven to make them nice and crispy crunchy!

325 degrees for 5-8 min or whatever the package says.

Almost finished. I had some left over beans so I also made retried beans as a side. You make them by processing the beans in a food processor until smooth. Put some hot sauce in and BAM! Best beans ever!

Finishing touches. Build your tacos and enjoy!

Messy is best! Delish!

You don’t really need a recipe for tacos. Choose your protein and your shells and the sky is the limit. A good taco is made with love and some fun. Thank you for reading. Stay tuned for the next food post. It’s gonna be a cheesy one!

How to “pass” a Home Inspection?!

It is an exciting time in your life! You just put an offer on the home of your dreams and the offer is accepted! Now you need to choose a home inspector to inspect your new home and make sure the home of your dreams is in tip top shape! However, what if your inspection fails and you must continue your search? We wouldn’t want that. So, we have a little secret for you!

Your home cannot fail an inspection or pass one. There is no pass or fail in home inspections. A home inspection is simply to let you as a new homeowner know what condition the home is in before you sign those contracts. A home inspection is preformed by a highly trained professional, who will offer his/her opinion in a report on the major systems of your home. These major systems include but are not limited to roof, foundation, HVAC systems, and electrical. Your home inspector’s main concern is to make sure the home is safe for you and your family and that all the systems in the home are functioning correctly and safely!

There is no pass or fail!

Your home inspection is not a guarantee that all those systems will work forever. It is a picture, a moment in time that lets you know it is working today or it is not. The home inspection report gives you the knowledge you need moving forward so you aren’t walking into your new home blind.

The home inspection is also a great tool for your real estate agent in the negotiations that allows them to help you decide what things are the most important to fix before signing the contracts and moving into your home.

Getting a home inspection isn’t scary and you shouldn’t worry. You are taking that step to understand your home better and walking into your dream home with understanding and the tools you need to move forward! We are here and happy to help. If you have any questions contact a home inspector they will be happy to answer your questions regarding the home inspection process. You can also comment below with questions and I am happy to answer them!

Thank you for reading!

What is a Home Inspection? What to expect.

Congratulations you have put an offer on the home of your dreams! Now you need to get a home inspection. What does that entail and why do you need a home inspection before buying your home? I’m so glad you asked! A home inspection is the first step in negotiating to get the best of your new home as possible. Your awesome real estate agent will be there to assist you and will use the home inspection reports findings to know how to proceed. A home inspection will also help you know more about your new home and give you a clear picture of the condition of your home. Giving you peace of mind to navigate this home buying like a boss!

What does a home inspection look like?

You can view a sample report on most home inspectors’ websites.

What is inspected?

  • Exterior
  • Interior
  • Foundation
  • Roof
  • Attic
  • Window and Doors
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical system
  • HVAC systems
  • Fireplace
  • Crawlspace or Basement(if one is present)

What is not inspected in a normal home inspection? The following are a few things:

  • Courtyard walls
  • Inside walls
  • Landscaping
  • Play equipment
  • Fountains
  • Irrigation systems
  • Mold
  • Radon
  • Sewer lines
  • Pools/spas
  • Termites

Add on services?

Some home inspectors will charge an extra fee for these items if they include them as part of their services.

  • Mold inspection
  • Radon testing
  • Termite inspection
  • Sewer line inspection
  • Four point inspection
  • Wind meditation
  • Pool/spa inspection
  • Irrigation system inspection

Do I need a home inspection? What is its purpose?

You’ve taken the first step and are doing your research. Let’s be honest buying a home is a big decision and we want you to walk in with your eyes open and the lights on! Home inspectors are there to help you do just that. You have a team of professionals and the home inspector is an important member of that team! It is the inspectors job to help you understand your home. That way you can make the decisions based on what they find. Home inspectors are sometimes put into the negative light because they let you, the home buyer know the defective items or items that need maintenance. That is a good thing! They are there to make sure you have peace of mind walking into your new home. No home is perfect but, your home inspector helps you know how to handle those situations and which professionals can help you along the way!

How much does a home inspection cost?

If you do a quick search on the internet it will tell you it is between $350-$400 for a home inspection. This can be misleading as most home inspections may be more depending on the homes age, size and if you need add on inspections such as mold or wind mitigation. Calling home inspection companies and getting quotes is the best way to find out what they offer and what inspection types they perform.

You can’t put a price on yours and your family’s safety.

How long will the inspection take?

A home inspection takes 2.5-3 hours depending on the home. It could be longer when adding other inspection types or if it is an older or larger home. Your inspector will be going through the home inspecting all the accessible and available systems in the home. They will be taking pictures and reporting on their findings. Once the inspection is completed the inspector will give a review of their findings and then will email the full report.


A home inspector is a highly trained professional and will give you his expert advice on the condition of the home at time of inspection. Their reports will help you decide what to ask your realtor to negotiate and how to move forward in the transaction.