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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Congratulations, You are a Homeowner! Now What?

You've closed, the home is yours.  Now what?  Well, I hope you have already transferred the utilities in your name.  If not, that should be your first thing to do. In addition, here are a few other things to keep in mind.

House Keys
The only keys usually available are the ones to open the front door. Often, these are master keys which means you should change the locks.  Some banks require the buyers pay a re-keying fee.  If this was the case for you then call the contact number given to you and have the locks re-keyed.  Regardless, I recommend you change locks or have them re-keyed.  You never know who has a copy of the keys to the home.

Mailbox Keys
Usually mailbox keys are not available for a home.  What you need to do is call 1-800-275-8777 to get the contact information of the local post office that delivers your mail. 

I would call the local post office before going out and verify if that is the correct location.  Don't stand in a long line and find out you are at the wrong place.

Garage Door Openers
These are generally missing as well.  Take a trip to Lowes or Home Depot and get new ones.  The package will give you directions on how to program them.

Homeowners Association
Don't forget to contact your HOA to get gate codes, swimming pool or clubhouse keys, payment information, and other relevant HOA information.

Contact Information
If the home you just purchased is not your primary residence then make sure that the utility companies, HOA, assessors office, and LID/SID billing company have your correct mailing address.

Set up Payment System
New home means new bills.  Make sure you know when your bills are due and who you have to pay.  Set up your payment system now to avoid problems later.

Yard Sign / Lockbox
Give the listing agent at least three business days to remove the yard sign and lockbox off the property.  If it is still there after three business days contact your agent. 

Congratulations on your new home!  If you are looking for a Vegas home click here to start your MLS search or click here to view neighborhood information.

Cindy

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