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

But 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'll take it!" Did you presume since the spot is totally new and you are the primary occupant, the whole thing was fine without having a second look? Investigating your new house before the professional movers in Houston get there and while it will be bare to resolve challenges now, is easier and cheaper than attempting to correct 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 which don't open or close correctly, absent locks, busted sashes, will be more than just a bother; they may be a safety hazard. 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 scenario. Malfunctioning windows can also be an invitation to intruders to come inside and take what is not theirs. Windows that don't close totally allow heated air to get out in winter and cool air during the warm months, costing you more money on your electric or gas bill and letting flying bugs indoors.

Lacking, damaged doors and locking mechanisms

Doors locks which do not work will be an "Enter here, swipe everything you wish" invite to crooks. Entrance doors that are poorly fitted, warped or leave excessive room in between the door and also the frame likewise permit 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. Replace all the air filters. Debris, dust, pet dander, hair, spider webs, and insects gather within these ducts, and skilled cleaning may be worth the cost of clean air and being allergen-free.

Pest troubles (outside and inside)

The majority of infestation problems start outside and move inside, thanks to openings in the house (concrete crevices, bad windows or doors, roofing leaks) however some, such as German roaches, multiply in appliances, travel luggage, and home furniture as well as resist store-bought treatment. The work of a reputable bug elimination company will not only take away the issue, but routine treatment can prevent pests from coming back again.

That peculiar smoky stench; it is all around you!

Tobacco smoke is invasive and stubborn, particularly when it comes to material in the home, including the carpeting and draperies. Open all windows to air out the home as much as possible. Employ an expert cleanup provider to thoroughly clean carpets and curtains as well as clean all wall surfaces with white vinegar to subdue the stink.

Home appliance problems

From stovetop coils that stay cold to dishwashers that will not turn on, major appliance troubles certainly are a frustration. 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 know ahead of time what to remedy and what to upgrade.

Architectural integrity

Uneven floors, water-damaged walls, crumbled cement, lacking roofing tiles, and other building troubles can be symptoms of bigger and more pricey situations. Know prior to spending your first night what demands fixes at this point, or you may face more costly 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 ahead of when the moving company gets there with your stuff, if possible, so you aren't moving furniture or living with covered furniture or chemical smells along the route.

Drainage dilemmas

Assess 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.

Electrical wiring and plumbing concerns

Be mindful of overflowing toilets or slow-draining sinks or tubs; these can be a indication of pipes in need of cleaning or repairing. Water pooling for long 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 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 problems, like the types mentioned here, that are much better to tackle before moving into your new house.


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