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February 15, 2020

Don't Unpack Anything! First, Make These Ten New Home Fixes

Moving to a new homeBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Congratulations! You got the paperwork along with the keys; the lights and utilities are on and the moving company in Houston is going to be there briefly to move your items into your new place. You have a thousand cartons (or so it appears), baggage, crates, pieces of furniture, electronics, pets, and plants to determine the ideal spots to make this new abode feel like home.

Before you get anything from the van, unpack a carton or hang a picture, are you positive in regards to the safety, security, and cleanliness of your new home? Did you inspect and assess everything prior to stating, "I love it! I am going to take it!" Did you suppose since the spot is totally new and you are the original tenant, every little thing was good with no second look? Examining your new house ahead of when the professional movers in Houston show up and while it will be bare to correct concerns now, is simpler and less costly than attempting to fix issues afterwards, which can entail moving household furniture or repairing damaged property.

Listed here are 10 repairs before the moving van pulls in:

Open wide, now shut - if you can

Windows that will not open or close properly, absent locks, busted sashes, are more than only a bother; they're a safety hazard. In a fire, your main departure place could possibly be the closest window, and if you are unable to use it (or first responders can't get to you), you have a life and death scenario. Not working windows may also be an invitation to intruders to come inside and take what is not theirs. Windows that won't shut entirely allow heated air to leave in winter and cool air in the summer, costing you extra money on your gas or electric bill and allowing flying insects in the house.

Missing, busted doors and locks

Doors locks which do not work are an "Enter here, take the things you want" invite to criminals. Entrance doors that are improperly fitted, warped or leave excessive room in between the door and also the frame additionally allow cool or hot air to escape, upping your electric or gas bill.

Unclean ductwork

Air ducts need cleaning ahead of a move in, especially for allergy sufferers. Swap all the air filters. Dirt, dust, pet dander, hair, spider webs, and insects accumulate in these ducts, and professional cleanup is definitely worth the price of clean air and living allergen-free.

Pest troubles (in and out)

The majority of bug issues start outdoors and move inside, due to openings in the home (cement crevices, defective windows or doors, roof leaks) but some, for example German roaches, proliferate in home appliances, luggage, and furniture and also endure store-bought treatment. The work of a reliable bug elimination business won't just get rid of the problem, but frequent treatment will prevent unwanted pests from coming back again.

That peculiar smoky stench; it is everywhere!

Tobacco smoke is persistent and hard to clean, particularly when it comes to textiles in the home, such as carpeting and draperies. Open up all windows to air out the home as much as you can. Employ an expert cleaning provider to clean carpeting and drapes as well as wipe down all wall surfaces with white vinegar to counteract the smell.

Home appliance problems

From stovetop coils that remain cold to dishwashers which do not start up, major appliance issues can be a annoyance. It takes money and time to replace these things and schedule shipping and set up; check all the home appliances before you move in, so you understand in advance what to fix and what to replace.

Architectural integrity

Irregular floor surfaces, water-damaged walls, crumbled concrete, absent roof tiles, and additional building problems are sometimes the signs of bigger and more pricey conditions. Understand before spending your first night what needs repairs now, or you could encounter more expensive maintenance tasks later.

Major aesthetic considerations

For those who can't stand the paint tone in a area, need to refinish floor surfaces or patch wall surfaces, paint, stain, and repair prior to when the moving company shows up with your items, if possible, so you're not moving household furniture or living with covered furnishings or chemical fumes along the route.

Drainage issues

Check rain gutters and downspouts; clean them before you move in, during decent weather conditions, so you aren't stuck on a step ladder within a weather event, scraping leaves and twigs out.

Wiring and plumbing problems

Be mindful of overflowing toilets or slow-draining sinks or showers; these could be a indication of pipes in need of cleaning or upgrading. Water pooling for extended periods of time in the lawn may indicate a broken or seeping pipe below ground. Assess each electrical socket and each light switch for proper operation. Look at all electrical wires for indicators of fraying and replace burned-out lightbulbs with efficient CFL or LED variations.

As a professional moving company in Houston, we see houses in all sorts of conditions, and we understand that there are a few problems, like the ones mentioned here, that are much easier to deal with before moving into your new home.


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