On the hunt for the perfect home this New Year? It’s easy to get awestruck by a gorgeous backyard and a newly renovated kitchen, but what about all those little things that are not readily apparent? When it comes to house hunting, it’s easy to get distracted by clever staging and forget about the technical details that can matter in the long run. Nothing is worse than moving into a new home to later find out that the heater doesn’t work or that the refrigerator light is burnt out. To help new house hunters on their search for the perfect home, we’ve compiled some tech house-hunting tips they may not think of:
Test all appliances. Put all appliances to the test to make sure everything works efficiently and quietly. If the new home you’re eyeing includes a washer, dryer, and/or dishwasher, ask the seller to test it out. Also, test the garbage disposal, oven, stove, and microwave when applicable.
Check appliance lights. Don’t get stuck in the dark when reaching for a midnight snack! Be sure to check light bulbs in all appliances including ovens, refrigerators, stove top ranges, microwaves, clothes dryers, range hoods, and exhaust fans. If a bulb is burnt out, don’t sweat it! Batteries Plus Bulbs carries appliance bulbs for all the top brands including Samsung, Whirlpool, Sub-Zero, KitchenAid, LG, Bosch, and many more. Often times, you can ask the seller to make the replacement prior to putting down an offer.
Review the energy bill. Energy efficiency will play a big role in your ongoing home expenses. Check out the energy bill and inspect the appliances and lighting available in the house. Don’t get sticker shock. An average home has 61 light sockets. If those sockets do not have efficient LED bulbs in use, which use 80 to 85 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs, you could dramatically reduce the energy bill by converting to LED.
Pull back rugs. Pull back all rugs to check the condition of the flooring underneath them. You never know what the previous owner may be trying to hide.
Check the alarm system. Keep your family safe! If a house is already equipped with an alarm system, check to see that it is in working order. You can ask the seller or their representative to turn the system on and then try to open a door or window to see if the alarm sounds. If it is not working properly, it could be due to outdated batteries.
Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Sometimes the smallest devices are the most important and many folks don’t think about checking the smoke or carbon monoxide detectors when house hunting. It’s extremely important to ensure these are in working-order prior to moving in. If you notice a low or dead battery in either of these devices, Batteries Plus Bulbs has all of your battery needs for both carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors.
Test heating and cooling systems. Regardless of the season, make sure that winter storm windows and summer screens are in full working order. Also, be sure to test the air-conditioning and heating on full-blast. The last thing you’d want to happen is to find out your heating or cooling system doesn’t work six months after you move in.
Check the garage door. Check the garage to make sure it opens and closes completely. Test both the button on the inside of the garage as well as the garage remote. If you notice a lag-time when using the garage remote, it’s likely that the batteries need to be replaced. For new home owners, this can be a simple fix by visiting your local Batteries Plus Bulbs for battery replacements in garage remotes.
While many sellers will ensure homes have the appropriate updates before putting them up on the market, others won’t. Stay educated on what to look out for when getting a new home this year and check your local Batteries Plus Bulbs for items needed to power and light your prospective house; and with these tips, you’ll be well on your way to finding your dream house.
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