The Importance of Earnest Money

Why Do I Need Earnest Money?

When you are purchasing a home the amount of money for a loan application, a home inspection, actually anything and everything you have to pay for can feel very overwhelming. The days of low to no down payments are largely past and markets everywhere seem to be running thin on inventory, earnest money may well be the most important negotiating tool you’ve never heard of.

What Is Earnest Money?

When you make an offer on a home, part of that offer can include a little show of good faith on your part, in the form of cold, hard cash (well not actual dollar bills… you can write a check or send a wire). Generally, one to three percent of the offer price is pretty normal for an earnest money deposit. However this can vary widely based on market conditions. The more you put up, the more serious you appear to the seller. But what happens to that money?

Earnest money is literally just a show of faith. When you go to the closing, it is credited towards the cash you need to close, which is made up of line items like your down payment, your closing costs, and your prepaid items. It will simply be applied in full as a credit in your closing documents, reducing the amount of money you need to bring with you on the big day.

Here’s the one thing to be cautious of; if you were to default on the contract, the seller may be entitled to some or all of that earnest money. However, plenty of situations exist where you can cancel, and your earnest money will be refundable, such as:

An unacceptable home inspection. This all has to be stipulated in your contract; there are no givens in a real estate transaction, but there are things that are reasonably standard. Having an unacceptable home inspection, if the seller is not willing to make reasonable repairs, can be a cause for terminating the contract and getting your earnest money back.

Your financing falls through. Again, you’ll need a financing clause or addendum to ensure you’re covered in this event, however, because financing is so important to real estate transactions in general, they are pretty standard. If your financing falls through due to no fault of your own (you’ve been laid off, your bank closes, a co-borrower dies), you should generally be able to reclaim your earnest money. The specifics will be in your real estate sales contract, so pay close attention (and hire an agent who will pay closer attention).

The seller can’t close. There are a few rare situations where a seller can’t close the transaction. These are incredibly uncommon, but they do happen once in a while. For example, you might find out that the seller only believed they were the owners of the home. This can occur when a parent dies without a will, forcing the property into probate court even when it’s clear an only child will be the sole heir.

And in the case that the seller can close, but chooses not to for whatever reason, you would be entitled to get your money back or, in many cases, you can force the seller to honor the contract.

What Is an Earnest Money Note?

In some markets, you may have an additional option for earnest money, known as an earnest money promissory note. This is essentially an IOU that accompanies the offer. On the note, you’ll specify exactly when you’ll either turn the paper into actual cash or forfeit the offer entirely. Though these were once very common, they’re far less so today. If you choose to use an earnest money promissory note, be sure to describe in great detail why you’re not able to provide earnest money on the spot and how you will remedy this.

For example, if you have some stocks you were going to cash out for your down payment, but didn’t want to touch until you were really ready, you may need time to sell enough to cover the earnest money. In that case, specify this as the reason and say that you’ll initiate a sale on a certain day, then convert the note on that day. Make sure to leave yourself a little leeway, because if you fail to perform, you can suffer serious consequences.

Generally speaking, earnest money promissory notes can be considered a sign of a weak offer, so you should inquire before taking that leap.

Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail buildings or land? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? We can help you with that, safely… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

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Hot Flooring Trends for Homeowners

Installing new flooring in your home can make one of the biggest impacts on your home’s appearance. It reflects your style and personality, as well as your lifestyle. The right floor can make it easier to keep your home cleaner, and set the mood for a cozy living space. There are certain trends that have been a lot more popular than others. Here’s a brief list of options that should make your flooring search a little easier.

Hard Flooring Options

Hard floors are any kind of flooring with a solid, and generally non-porous, surface.  Hard flooring offers many benefits. The materials are more resilient to regular use, so wear life is longer. And cleaning is easier because there’s no fibers to capture things like pet hair, loose skin cells, dirt, and microbes. Some of the most popular hard flooring options include:

Vinyl Plank

Vinyl Plank is designed much like laminate flooring, with a tongue and groove locking system that creates a watertight seal when properly installed. The difference between vinyl plank and laminate flooring, however, is that vinyl plank is made from solid vinyl, rather than being several layers of different materials sandwiched together. It’s a great choice for wet areas like kitchens and bathrooms, and for households with pets and children. As a bonus, vinyl plank is available in a huge range of patterns, from synthetic marble to high variation wood-like floor patterns.

Wood-look Porcelain

Wood-Look Porcelain Tile. If you want something that will last longer than vinyl plank, but still look like wood, wood-look porcelain tiles are a great option. They look like wood planks, but are made from extremely durable porcelain. It’s an option that’s very permanent and will last for many, many years to come. They can also be purchased in the high variation wood patterns, though the effect is less obvious than with vinyl plank since there is grout between the tiles.

Terrazzo

Terrazzo. This might be the coolest flooring you’ve never heard of. Although its popular, many people don’t know the term for it. Terrazzo is that tile flooring that’s made from concrete with lots of inclusions like glass, shells, or other interesting bits mixed in. It looks great in mid-century modern homes, or those decorated in the style. And since concrete is extremely durable, it will last and last.

Reclaimed Wood is sometimes referred to as “architectural salvage.” When a building is being torn down, firms can sometimes acquire the materials, especially if the building is historic. It can be labor intensive to install reclaimed wood floors, but you’ll end up with a totally unique look and keep building materials out of the landfill, so it’s kind of a double win.

Area Rug

What About Carpet?  Sometimes they’re in, sometimes they’re out.  Usually there are some people who are still really into carpeting even when their popularity is waning. Right now the trend in carpets is to opt for carpeting in limited spots, like using carpet runners for stairs.

Carpet tiles are seeing some popularity, especially since they come in a ton of fun colors and tend to have a very low nap, making them easy to keep clean. If you want more carpet, look for large area rugs or keep your carpet in low-use rooms like bedrooms. “Maximalism” is making a big comeback, encouraging big patterns and colors with big personalities. Clashing is the new matching.

Once you know what kind of flooring you’d prefer, you may need to find someone to install it. Some flooring shops have an in-house flooring installer, but you can’t always rely on these experts to be as expert as you’d like. seem.  Not every flooring installer installs every kind of flooring, so be sure to ask them about their areas of expertise before you make your final decision.

There are many companies that install flooring. Feel free to call me – Jeff “Vegas” Howard, your Realtor for life as I have a list of professional and reputable firms for you to consider.

Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail buildings or land? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? We can help you with that, safely… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

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Would you like to have a spa-like bathroom?

Don’t you just love an invigorating shower?  Well then it may be time to consider a renovation to an expanded shower or a remodel of the entire bathroom.

One of the biggest trends in the last few years is to eliminate the tub and have a nice size walk-in shower.  You can have a bench and shelves for shampoo and body wash.

Then there are the options of shower heads.  The rain head is very popular, or you can have a normal showerhead, body spray hand held, plus you can combine two or three.  The groupings are endless (well not really endless, you know what I mean).

The entire process for the shower replacement takes about three weeks.  Most of the work is done off premises and then the ripping out of the tub and installation in your master bathroom should take about two days.

Now you are ready to put in a freestanding tub and I know that the claw foot tubs are quite popular. If you are going to replace the sinks experts suggest going with rectangular sinks as they look more modern and are larger.

Renovating the master bathroom is a good investment.  When you want to sell your home it adds money to the asking price, as long as the style is broadly appealing.

There are many companies that remodel bathrooms from just the shower to a total makeover.  Feel free to call me – Jeff “Vegas” Howard, your Realtor for life as I have a list of professional and reputable firms for you to consider.

Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail buildings or land? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? We can help you with that, safely… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

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Home Security Systems

The days of leaving the door unlocked are long gone in most neighborhoods of Southern Nevada, as well as the rest of the country. 

I was reading an article about home security systems in Money Magazine and learned that more people have installed some type of security to their home in the last couple of years – even if that is just a door camera.

Among a homeowner’s worst nightmares is having your home broken into.  Besides what was taken monetarily you have lost something greater – your sense of security.  In today’s new normal world more people are spending more time at home and a security system seems like a good idea to deter burglars from coming into your house while family members are home.

Money Magazine has a list of best home security systems and they cover different price ranges.  If you don’t have a security system it would be wise to consider one before something happens – it just might prevent an incident.  The following is the list:

  1. ADT: Most Versatile Options for Home, Commercial, and Small Business Protection
  2. SimpliSafe: Best No-Contract Option
  3. Frontpoint: Best DIY Home Security Setup
  4. Protect America: Best Selection of Options and Features
  5. Vivint: Best for Home and Vehicle Protection
  6. Ring: Best Complete DIY Option
  7. Google Nest: Best for Smart-Home Integration

All of these are good options it just depends how much security you want in your home.  If you are not sure contact me -your Realtor for life- and I can help you find a professional that can help you decide.  I have a system and my family sleeps a lot better knowing the house is secure.

Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail buildings or land? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? We can help you with that, safely… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

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What Types of Plants Do You Plant in Fall?

Fall in Las Vegas is a little bit like spring in reverse. A lot of plants start winding down as winter approaches. The fall can be a time for laying the groundwork for spring plants and creating dazzling garden displays.

What to Plant – Fall planting can be somewhat tricky, mainly since the plants that prefer to be planted in the fall can vary widely depending on how cold it gets during the winter months. In Las Vegas you can bet on many of these being excellent candidates:

  1. Spring bulbs. Tulip, daffodil, crocus, allium, hyacinth, lilies, and even iris are great choices for planting in the fall. They don’t generally need to be lifted, so they can be planted in those short days before the first frost hits. You’ll reap the fruits of your labor when the ground starts to warm up again.
  2. Perennials. A huge range of perennials do great when planted in the fall. Bleeding hearts, rudbeckia, sedum, coreopsis, garden chrysanthemums, asters, hostas, and many others are not only great for end of year color – they also will reliably return year after year to put on a dazzling show.
  3. Shrubs. Looking for some show-stopping fall color? There’s no better time to choose and plant these kinds of shrubs than in the fall, when they’re at their best. Look for shrubs that produce berries and sport lovely fall foliage like nandina, viburnum, pyracantha, and beautyberry. These will provide your local neighborhood wildlife with a little extra forage, and give you some extra fancy natural holiday decorations.
  4. Trees. Most trees thrive when planted in the fall; it’s their best season! Planting your young trees in the fall, well before your first frost, gives them time to establish their roots without risking drying out. Not only do you increase the odds that your trees will survive by choosing to plant them in the fall, you’ll skip all the major maintenance required to nurse a fresh, new baby tree through a hot summer. It’s really a win-win.

When to Plant –Timing is everything when you’re planting in the fall. It’s not enough to ensure that the ground is unfrozen and workable; you should also give your young plants time to grow and spread their roots before they go dormant for the year. You can look up the first frost date in Las Vegas on a reliable gardening site like The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Count back six to eight weeks and plan to plant your garden at that time.

Protecting Plants – For the most part, fall plantings won’t need a great deal of protection as long as they’re planted in a timely manner. What they will need is lots and lots of mulch. It doesn’t really matter what kind of mulch you use, so long as it’s biodegradable and can be piled on deep.

Las Vegas can see snow and freezing temperatures in different areas of the valley, in those areas go for about four inches of mulch per planting, evenly distributed across the top. Wait to cover the crowns until you’re actually at risk for frost, but the root area of the plant can be covered the day you plant it. These kinds of mulches help the plant retain moisture and acts as insulation to keep the warmth from the sun in the ground longer.

As your plants die back for the year, mulch the entire area, making sure to carefully check tender plants for new growth as temperatures rise in the spring. When you see those little green sprouts popping up, uncover them (but leave the rest of the mulch) so they can continue on their upward journey.

Not Sure What to Plant This Fall? -If you’re going to do it yourself, just ask the folks at your local nursery. They are full of knowledge and great ideas. If you want to just hire the job out and don’t know who to hire, It’s ok, you have me – Jeff Howard your Realtor for life.  I can help you find a landscaper or other plant expert to help you choose and install your fall landscaping.

Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail buildings or land? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? We can help you with that, safely… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

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Maintaining Your Kitchen Garbage Disposal

We all love our garbage disposal and we take it for granted that it will work every time we throw some bits of debris and turn it on.  That of course is how it should work if we maintain it correctly, however like any home appliance something can go wrong.

What not to put in the disposal – first of all don’t overload it.  If you have a lot to get rid of put some of it in to grind away.  When that is gotten rid of put another small amount of debris and repeat.  Also do not put banana peel, fruit pits, rinds of watermelon or any melon, all of these can form a clog and wrap around the blades causing the blades not to work.

Also stay away from stringy foods, rice, potatoes or beans – they can swell up with water causing a clog.  Don’t throw grease down the disposal either.  They can cause a film of on the blades making them less effective, plus cause an unpleasant odor.

Never put non-food items down the disposal, it cannot break down anything but foods.

A very good thing to do is to run your garbage disposal once a day even if there is very little in there.  This will keep debris from building up or corroding the interior of the appliance.  A very good thing to do is drop a few ice cubes down the disposal every so often – this will keep it clean and sharpen the blades.  Don’t forget to run water before, during and after running the disposal.  Do you know that lemon peel in the disposal will make it smell nice and kill germs?

Most garbage disposal units last around five to ten years and, if you don’t have a home warranty, replacing it is a good DIY project for the moderately skilled person with a bit of plumbing and electrical knowledge. Or, just call me, your Realtor for life, and I will recommend someone that can install it rather quickly for a fair price.

Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail buildings or land? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? We can help you with that, safely… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

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Top Home Selling Points – Kitchens, Baths, and Decks/Patios:

For whatever reason the time has comes time to sell your home, and of course you want it to look its best so you can get the best price, quickly. If you’re trying to figure out the best parts of the home to give special attention to, there are definitely areas that buyers are looking closely at -the kitchen, bathrooms and decks.

Considering the Kitchen – A lot of people feel the kitchen is the heart of the home so homebuyers will want to make sure that the kitchen meets their needs and is kept clean and tidy as well as updated with new appliances. Most potential buyers are looking for a big, open kitchen with modern appliances and usually a few key features like a dishwasher or kitchen island.  Obviously, your kitchen will not always have everything that buyers are looking for, however you can do your best to unclutter the space so it looks fresh and clean.

A Focus on Bathrooms – All the bathrooms are very important rooms in a house. Homebuyers want to be confident that things will work well in the bathroom when they’re in there. There’s a lot that goes on in the bathroom, though; beyond the obvious, this is also where people get ready in the morning, take their showers or baths, brush their teeth and fix their hair.

Potential buyers are looking for a certain WOW factor when they see a bathroom.  Nice looking fixtures as well as cleanliness is especially important.  Make sure the lighting is correct and the bathroom has sufficient mirrorsMost bathrooms only have a limited amount of space to work with, but you’d be surprised how much of a difference you can make with a few tweaks and upgrades.

Enjoying the Deck/Patio – Not every home has a deck/patio, but those that do always get oohs and aahs from potential buyers. A lot of homeowners want to be able to enjoy their time outside of their home, and having a deck or patio can make this a lot easier since you can set up tables, chairs, a grill or anything else in a secure and flat area outdoors.

If you have a wood deck, take the time to make sure it’s recently painted or stained and is otherwise in good condition. A deck can make a big impression, but an ugly or damaged deck can make the wrong sort of impression on your potential buyer.

Sprucing Up the Whole Home –There are other parts of the home that you can make changes or updates to if you’re getting ready to sell your home. General repairs, remodels or upgrades can interest potential buyers regardless of where they occur. You might want to put a fresh coat of paint on the walls with neutral tones.

As your Realtor I will come to your home and advise you what to do to help the sale be quick and at the right price – after all I’m your Realtor for life.

Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail buildings or land? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? We can help you with that, safely… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

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You Really Should! (Use a Painters Mask When You Paint)

One of the best things about owning your own home is how much you can do to make it your own. Although big jobs like laying tile and building decks might be more than you’re ready for, a paint job is a simple and easy way to make a big change to the atmosphere.

Of course it’s important to have all the safety equipment you’ll need on hand. Many paints contain a variety of particles that can become airborne and get inhaled, which is not very good for your lungs. That’s why painter’s masks are absolutely a good idea!

Painter’s Mask

By now, most people are pretty familiar with cloth & paper face masks. While paper masks may all look the same, there are actually some pretty major differences between surgical masks and painter’s masks. Surgical masks, which are generally sold for medical purposes, offer very little protection from inhaling airborne particles. They’re only good at preventing you from exhaling germs onto someone else. This is why you don’t see surgical masks for sale in the same department as painting and sanding masks; they simply don’t do the same job.

Painter’s masks, which can also be made from a paper-like material, are specifically designed to prevent particles from penetrating their surface and getting into your lungs. Also known as dust masks, these masks are actually filtering devices and offer various degrees of filtration, much like the air filters you use in your furnace.

Mask Ratings: What Do They Mean?The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has very specific ratings to help painters and other professionals determine exactly what type of mask to use in a given situation. It’s not uncommon for a professional painter to have a variety of filtering masks on hand for different working conditions. For most homeowners, there are two main factors to consider:

  • Oil Resistance. The “N” in an “N95” means the mask isn’t oil proof at all. You might not think that’s a problem with painting, but if you’re working with any kind of coating that’s oil-based, using a mask with no oil proofing is the same as not using a mask at all. The letter rating is vital to your safety. N, as already stated, means no oil-proofing, R provides up to eight hours of oil-resistance, and P can remain oil-proof for more than eight hours at a stretch.
  • Filtration. The number part of the mask’s rating is all about the percentage of one micrometer particles that are being removed from the air coming into your face, based on clinical trials. A 95 rating filters 95 percent of these tiny particles, a 97 filters 97 percent of particles, and 100 is akin to a HEPA filter, removing 99.9 percent of those airborne particles.

For most homeowner projects, a 95 percent filtration mask is adequate protection, but if you’re working in a home that is known to have asbestos or other fine and dangerous particles, you may need a more powerful filtering device.

Painter’s mask

Cartridge respirators are tight fitting masks with removable filtration cartridges that offer more protection than a basic dust mask. Although the rating system is essentially the same, cartridge respirators can also filter out harmful vapors and particles smaller than one micrometer. When choosing a cartridge respirator, you can grab one that will allow you to stack filter cartridges, and thus filter a range of environmental hazards all at once.

If you’re not sure what respirator is right for your project, or you’re concerned that you may simply not be able to protect yourself from whatever hazards your paint and walls may be hiding, hiring a painter is a perfectly good option. Not only do they have the experience to get your job done faster and with less interruptions to your life, they’re in the business of protecting themselves from the various vapors and particles that are involved in sanding, priming and repainting walls, floors and other surfaces.

Sometimes a paint job can be a bit much to tackle as a DIY project and you just might want professional help. Just contact me!  I have a list of skilled painters that can help you update your home.

Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail buildings or land? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? We can help you with that, safely… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

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Mirror Mirror on the Wall. Do I Need you After All?

If you have an older home, the odds are that somewhere in the house you have at least one large, bulky wall-mounted mirror. You might have either a single large mirror mounted directly to the wall or mirrored panels that cover an entire wall surface. It is important to remember that you still have options to update your home even if your mirrors have been around for decades.

Mirrors as Decoration

Mirrors seem to always be in style as a form of home decoration. They capture the attention, and when done well, a mirrored accent can make a room seem all the larger and more impressive. Unfortunately over time, some mirrors can dull or become scratched over time.  Whether it’s a matter of the glass aging poorly or the silvering of the mirror losing its luster, this can have a negative impact on the room as a whole. In some cases, the mirror glass may even become cracked in one or more places, which not only spoils the look but can also create a potential hazard that you have to keep people away from. Regardless of how time has affected the mirrors in your home, it should be obvious why proper maintenance is important.

Wall-Mounted Mirrors

One common type of mirror that you find in older homes is the wall-mounted mirror. Unlike more modern mirrors that use brackets or other mounting hardware to hold the mirror next to the wall, some of these older mirrors are actually attached directly to the wall with adhesives or other materials. Being adhered to the wall is useful as it keeps the mirrors from shifting or becoming loose as time goes by, however it does limit your options when it comes to moving or replacing the mirror. These mirrors take some work to remove if you plan to redecorate, and the removal process often damages the drywall or paneling behind the mirror, so you will probably have to do some repairs once the mirror is free.

Mirrored Wall Coverings

Unlike single mirrors that are attached to the wall, mirrored wall coverings are often installed using a track system. This secures multiple mirrored panels without the need to adhere and line up each one. You may still find mirrored panel walls that are applied with adhesives, of course, but track systems are common, as the brackets used in track systems provide more stability. Brackets make removing or replacing panels easier, though the process can still leave some damage to drywall or other wall surfaces that will need to be patched later on.

Moving on From Mirrors

Regardless of the type of mirror that’s in your home, if you feel the need to remove it then you’ll have a little bit of work ahead of you. With adhesive-based mirrors, you’ll often need heat the adhesive around the edges first; this softens it and allows you to begin working the mirror loose. It may then be possible to pry the glass free, or you may need to work a piano wire behind the glass to separate the adhesive. Track-mounted panels are a bit easier to deal with since you can unscrew the brackets to remove the panels, then pry the tracks off the wall. Regardless of how you deal with the mirrors, be sure to use hand and eye protection and take your time to prevent potential injuries that might result from broken glass.

Reflecting on the Job

Sometimes, remodeling projects involving older mirrors can be a bit much to tackle as a DIY project and you just might want professional help. Just contact me!  I have a list of skilled pros out there who can help you either update your mirrors or replace them with something a bit more modern.

Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail buildings or land? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? We can help you with that, safely… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

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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.  
 
Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail buildings or land? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? We can help you with that, safely… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

Choose to have an amazing day….Jeff