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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 

Well done! You have the paperwork along with the house keys; the lights and utilities are on and the moving company in Wichita Falls is going to be there soon to move your belongings in your new abode. There are a thousand cartons (or more it seems), luggage, crates, home furniture, electronics, household pets, and plants to achieve the perfect locations and make this new residence feel like home.

But before you get anything away from the van, unpack a box or hang a picture, are you confident in regards to the safety, security, and cleanliness of your new abode? Did you scrutinize and check everything before declaring, "I love it! I will take it!" Did you assume as the spot is totally new and you will be the initial tenant, everything was fine with no second look? Investigating your new residence before the professional movers in Wichita Falls show up and while it is vacant to rectify challenges at this moment, is simpler and less costly than attempting to resolve difficulties later, which can involve moving furniture or repairing damaged property.

The following are 10 remedies ahead of when the moving van pulls in:

Open wide, now close - when you can

Windows that don't open or close properly, missing locks, broken sashes, are definitely more than just a bother; they are a safety threat. In a fire, your only exit point may be the nearby window, and if you are unable to use it (or first responders can't get to you), there is a life and death situation. Broken windows are also an invitation to thieves to come inside and take what's not theirs. Windows which do not shut entirely permit heated air to escape in winter and cool air in the summer, costing you more money on your gas or electric bill and allowing flying insects inside.

Lacking, busted doors and locking mechanisms

Doors locks that do not work will be an "Enter here, grab what you desire" invitation to crooks. Entrance doors which are improperly fitted, warped or leave excessive room between the door and also the frame additionally let cold or warm air to escape, upping your electric or gas costs.

Unclean ductwork

Air ducts need cleaning in advance of a move in, particularly for allergy sufferers. Swap all the air filters. Grime, allergens, pet dander, hair, spider webs, and bugs collect through these ducts, and professional maintaining is worth the expense of clean air and living allergen-free.

Insect troubles (outside and inside)

Most insect troubles begin outdoors and move inside, courtesy of openings in the house (concrete fractures, defective windows or doors, roof leaks) but some, like German roaches, proliferate in appliances, luggage, and pieces of furniture and also endure store-bought treatment. The work of a reliable bug control provider won't only take away the situation, but regular treatment helps prevent bugs from returning.

That peculiar smoky smell; it's all around you!

Tobacco smoke is persistent and stubborn, specifically when it comes to textiles in the house, including carpeting and window treatments. Open up all windows to air out the house as much as is possible. Employ an experienced cleaning provider to thoroughly clean carpets and drapes and also clean all wall surfaces utilizing white vinegar to subdue the stink.

Appliance problems

From stovetop coils that stay cold to washers which don't start up, major home appliance issues certainly are a hassle. It will take time and money to replace these items and plan shipping and installation; check all the appliances prior to when you move in, so you understand before hand what you should remedy and what to replace.

Architectural integrity

Irregular flooring, water-damaged walls, cracked cement, lacking roofing shingles, and other structure concerns are sometimes symptoms of more substantial and more expensive conditions. Understand ahead of spending your primary night what demands repairs at this moment, or you may face more costly maintenance tasks down the road.

Serious cosmetic issues

In the event you can't stand the paint tone within a room, have to refinish flooring or fix wall surfaces, paint, stain, and repair before the moving company gets there with your things, if you can, so you will not be moving furniture or living with covered furnishings or chemical smells during the process.

Drainage problems

Assess rain gutters and downspouts; clean them prior to when you move in, during good weather, so you're not stuck on a ladder during a storm, scraping leaves and twigs out.

Wiring and plumbing troubles

Be mindful of overflowing toilets or slow-draining sinks or showers; this can be a indication of plumbing in need of cleaning or upgrading. Water pooling for lengthy amounts of time in the lawn may indicate a broken or dripping water line below ground. Check each electrical socket and every light switch for proper operation. Check out all electrical wires for indications of fraying and swap burned-out lightbulbs with efficient CFL or LED variations.

As a professional moving company in Wichita Falls, we see homes in many conditions, and we understand that there are a few problems, such as the kinds talked about here, that happen to be much easier to take on ahead of moving into your new home.


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