What should a Home Buyer do when they close on their home?

That day has come you and your family have finally moved into your new home. Of course, before moving in you had your utilities turned on, packed and arranging movers;  now I suggest (strongly) 4 more items a homebuyer should do when they close on their home.

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1) Change out all smoke detector batteries.

Let’s face it you won’t know when the batteries were last changed in your new home. Don’t take any chances and replace them when you first move in. Smoke detectors almost universally use the rectangular 9v batteries. After this the recommended amount of time for changing out smoke detector batteries is semi-annually (every 6 months). There is an easy way to remind yourself to perform this important maintenance action: Change out the batteries every time you set the clocks forward or back for Daylight Savings Time. 


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   2) Replace the air filters
 
Replacing the air filters in your home is one of the best things you can do to reduce maintenance and failure issues. The Home Depot and Lowe’s carry a large selection of sizes and generally will have what you need.

Here, in the Las Vegas Valley, the air filters are most commonly located in ceiling areas. The single most common reason for homeowners not changing the filters as needed is because it can be a pain to perform this maintenance action. Luckily, I know of a trick that makes it easier.
 
Go to the thermostat. There are hundreds of thermostats out there but almost all of them will have two switches or buttons. One for “System” and one for “Fan”. The fan switch or button will have two settings: “AUTO” and “On”. The normal position for the fan should be AUTO. But when changing out the air filters you should switch the setting to “On”.  This way the filter stays in place and you can easily swap it out for the new one.  Extra advice – use a marker and put to date on the filter so you know when the last time it was changed.
 
Bonus: Look for additional locations in your home. When I moved into my current home I saw the air return and replaced the filter… several months later I realized there was a smaller one I had ignored (and the crazy thing is that one was right above my bed! Not kidding!)

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3) Change locks and codes. 
 It’s always a good idea to change all locks upon taking possession of title and moving in. Remember to obtain master alarm codes from the seller and if the front door has a programmable lock, make sure it is changed to a number unique to you and that all previous secondary codes are wiped out as well. The garage door key pad code should also be changed. Most keyless exterior key pads for garage overhead doors will have the procedure for re-programming the combination inside the cover of the key pad.  Don’t forget to have the post office change your mailbox key if you have one of those community mailboxes. They will do this for free if you request it in the 1st 30 days you live there (you’ll need proof that it is your new residence).

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4) Verify the settings on your irrigation system control panel.
 
Be aware of the fact that you can be fined by the SNWA (Southern Nevada Water Authority) for watering your lawn on days or at times when it is not allowed. Yes, there are specific days and times when you should be watering, and specific days and times when you’re not allowed to be watering. 
 
The settings for your panel are easy to find. The Las Vegas Valley Water District (LVVWD) has promulgated all the required schedules on their website. You only need to enter your address. The link is here:  https://www.lvvwd.com/conservation/mandatory-watering-schedule/index.html
 
Your settings will need to be changed seasonally per your LVVWD watering schedule.  
 
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Choose to have an amazing day….Jeff
 
 

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