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

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

Congrats! You've got the papers along with the keys; the lights and utilities are on and the moving company in Houston shall be there soon to move your belongings in your new place. There are a thousand cartons (or more it appears), luggage, crates, pieces of furniture, electronics, household pets, and plants to achieve the ideal spots to make this new house feel like home.

Before you take anything away from the moving truck, unpack a carton or hang a picture, are you comfortable with regards to the safety, security, and cleanliness of your new place? Did you inspect and assess everything prior to saying, "I love it! I will take it!" Did you presume because the spot is new and you're the primary occupant, the whole thing was fine without having a second look? Investigating your new home before the professional movers in Houston get there and while it will be bare to resolve challenges at this point, is easier and cheaper than attempting to repair troubles later, which might entail moving household furniture or repairing damaged property.

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

Open wide, now close - if you can

Windows that do not open or close properly, absent locks, busted sashes, are more than just a bother; they may be a safety risk. In a fire, your main departure point may be the nearby window, and if you are unable to utilize it (or first responders can't get to you), there is a life and death situation. Malfunctioning windows will also be an invitation to intruders to come inside and take what is not theirs. Windows which do not close totally permit heated air to get out in winter and cool air during the warm months, costing you more money on your electric or gas costs and letting flying bugs indoors.

Lacking, damaged doors and locking mechanisms

Doors locks which do not work will be an "Enter here, grab everything you wish" invite to crooks. Doors that are inadequately fitted, warped or leave an excessive amount of room in between the door and also the frame likewise allow cool or hot air to get out, upping your electric or gas charges.

Scummy ductwork

Air ducts need cleaning before a move in, particularly for allergy sufferers. Change all the air filters. Debris, dust, pet dander, hair, spider webs, and bugs gather within these ducts, and skilled cleaning may be worth the cost of clean air and being allergen-free.

Insect troubles (outside and inside)

The majority of infestation problems start outside and move inside, courtesy of openings in the home (concrete crevices, bad windows or doors, roofing leaks) however some, like German roaches, multiply in appliances, travel luggage, and home furniture as well as endure store-bought treatment. The work of a dependable pest management company will not only get rid of the problem, but routine treatment can prevent pests from coming back again.

That unusual smoky stench; it is all around you!

Tobacco smoke is invasive and stubborn, particularly when it comes to material at your residence, including the carpeting and window treatments. Open all windows to air out the house as much as possible. Employ an expert cleanup provider to thoroughly clean carpets and curtains as well as clean all wall surfaces using white vinegar to subdue the stink.

Home appliance problems

From stovetop coils that stay cold to dishwashers that will not switch on, major appliance troubles certainly are a headache. It will take money and time to replace these products and arrange shipping and set up; take a look at all the home appliances before you move in, so you realize before hand what things to remedy and what to replace.

Architectural integrity

Uneven flooring, water-damaged walls, crumbled cement, lacking roofing tiles, and additional building troubles are sometimes symptoms of bigger and more pricey matters. Know prior to spending your initial night what demands fixes at this point, or you may face more expensive maintenance tasks in the future.

Major aesthetic considerations

If you hate the paint tone within a room, ought to refinish flooring surfaces or repair wall surfaces, paint, stain, and repair before the moving company arrives with your items, if you can, so you aren't moving furniture or living with covered furnishings or chemical smells along the route.

Drainage dilemmas

Look at gutters and downspouts; clean them prior to when you move in, during decent weather conditions, so you're not stuck on a ladder within a thunderstorm, scraping leaves and twigs out.

Wiring and plumbing issues

Be mindful of overflowing toilets or slow-draining sinks or tubs; these could be a sign of pipes in need of cleaning or repairing. Water pooling for lengthy amounts of time in the yard might point to a busted or seeping water pipe underground. Verify every single electrical outlet and every light switch for correct operation. Look at all electrical wiring for indicators of fraying and replace burned-out lightbulbs with efficient CFL or LED versions.

Being a professional moving company in Houston, we see homes in all sorts of conditions, and we recognize that there are several issues, like the ones mentioned here, that are much better to tackle before moving into your new home.

 

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