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 and also the house keys; the lights and utilities are on and the moving company in Wichita Falls will be there soon to move your belongings into your new abode. You've got a thousand cartons (or more it appears), luggage, crates, pieces of furniture, electronic devices, pets, and plants to find the proper locations and make this new house feel like home.

Before you carry anything out of the moving van, unpack a carton or hang a picture, are you comfortable about the safety, security, and cleanliness of your new home? Did you examine and check everything prior to stating, "I love it! I'll take it!" Did you suppose since the place is brand new and you're the primary tenant, everything was okay with no second look? Examining your new residence ahead of when the professional movers in Wichita Falls show up and while it's empty to fix concerns at this point, is easier and less costly than hoping to repair problems later, which may include moving household furniture or repairing damaged property.

Here are 10 repairs before the moving van pulls in:

Open wide, now close - when you can

Windows that will not open or close properly, absent locks, busted sashes, are more than only a bother; they may be a safety risk. In a fire, your main departure place could possibly be the nearby window, and if you can't use it (or first responders cannot reach you), there is a life and death scenario. Not working windows will also be an invitation to thieves to come inside and take what's not theirs. Windows that won't close fully permit warm air to get out in winter and cold air during the warm months, costing you extra money on your electric or gas charges and permitting flying bugs in the house.

Lacking, busted doors and locking mechanisms

Doors locks that do not work are an "Enter here, steal the things you want" invite to crooks. Entry doors that are improperly fitted, warped or leave a lot of space in between the door and also the frame also permit cold or hot air to escape, upping your electric or gas costs.

Unclean ductwork

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

Bug concerns (inside and outside)

Many bug issues begin outdoors and move indoors, thanks to openings at your residence (cement crevices, bad windows or doors, roofing leaks) but some, like German roaches, multiply in home appliances, suitcases, and pieces of furniture and also resist store-bought treatment. The work of a dependable bug control provider will not only eliminate the situation, but frequent treatment can prevent unwanted pests from finding their way back.

That unusual smoky odor; it is all over the place!

Tobacco smoke is persistent and stubborn, particularly when it comes to material at your residence, like carpets and draperies. Open all windows to air out the residence as much as is possible. Employ an expert cleanup provider to clean carpeting and drapes and also clean all wall surfaces with white vinegar to counteract the odor.

Home appliance troubles

From stove coils that remain cold to washers which don't switch on, major home appliance problems really are a aggravation. It will take money and time to replace these items and arrange transport and set up; take a look at all the appliances prior to when you move in, so you know in advance what to repair and what to replace.

Architectural integrity

Uneven floor surfaces, water-damaged walls, crumbled concrete, missing roof shingles, and additional structure concerns tend to be indications of more substantial and more pricey matters. Know before spending your first night what needs fixes at this point, or you might face higher priced maintenance tasks down the road.

Serious cosmetic considerations

In the event you despise the paint hue within a space, have to refinish flooring or repair wall surfaces, paint, stain, and repair before the moving company gets there with your belongings, if possible, so you are not moving household furniture or living with covered furnishings or chemical smells along the way.

Drainage challenges

Check rain gutters and downspouts; clean them prior to when you move in, during good weather conditions, so you aren't stuck on a ladder during a storm, scraping leaves and tree branches out.

Electrical wiring and plumbing problems

Be mindful of overflowing toilets or slow-draining sinks or tubs; these could be a sign of pipes in need of cleaning or upgrading. Water pooling for extended amounts of time in the yard may suggest a busted or leaking water pipe below the ground. Check every electrical outlet and each light switch for proper function. Examine all electrical wiring 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 houses in many conditions, and we understand that there are several concerns, like the kinds talked about here, that are much easier to handle before moving into your new house.

 

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