Looking for a home? It’s not always easy to figure out what to look for,…
Have you just closed on a new home purchase or are trying to get years of homeowner documents in order?
Knowing what to keep and what to get rid of is key. Before you shred any old papers, make sure that you set these documents aside.
Closing and Mortgage Documents: Keep everything related to the purchase of your home. You may need it to come tax time and you will definitely need it if you sell your home. Even if you plan to keep your home for the long term, hang onto these key documents to show how much you initially paid. It is important to keep them for the life of the mortgage.
Receipts for property improvements: If you do sell, some property improvement costs can be written off against any profit that you may make on the sale. While this won’t be the case in every situation, it’s helpful to have them on hand so that a tax professional can help you determine which ones apply.
I am a local mortgage broker serving Omaha, Papillion, Bellevue, La Vista, and all of eastern Nebraska. If you need help finding a local realtor or qualifying for a home loan please contact me.
Maintenance records: Keeping a detailed record of maintenance on your home can help technicians if they do need to come out for a problem. Knowing the last time that the air conditioning was serviced or the water heater was replaced steers their troubleshooting process. It may also indicate that your system or parts are still under warranty from the manufacturer.
Insurance documents: Always know how to access your insurance policy, coverage, and key phone numbers. Some insurance companies keep this information online as well. Having a hard-copy backup in case of emergency is also a good idea.
Refinance documents: If you have refinanced your home, keep all closing documents related to the refinance. Treat these the same way that you would your initial home loan and mortgage documents.
Other useful links
- How to improve your credit
- The 20% down rule on conventional
- What is Escrow?
- How is income calculated?
- Why your assets matter
- Mortgage Calculator
- Is Credit Karma accurate?
- FHA vs Conventional, which is better?