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

But before you carry anything from the moving van, unpack a carton or hang a picture, are you confident about the safety, security, and cleanliness of your new home? Did you examine and verify everything before saying, "I love it! I'll take it!" Did you suppose because the place is brand new and you are the primary tenant, every little thing was okay without a second look? Examining your new residence ahead of when the professional movers in Wichita Falls show up and while it is vacant to fix challenges now, is simpler and less costly than hoping to correct problems later, which might include moving household furniture or repairing damaged property.

Listed here 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 correctly, absent locks, busted sashes, are more than only a bother; they may be a safety hazard. In a fire, your main departure place could possibly be the nearby window, and if you cannot 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 entirely 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 allowing flying bugs in the house.

Lacking, busted doors and locking mechanisms

Doors locks that do not work tend to be 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 additionally permit cold or hot air to escape, upping your electric or gas costs.

Scummy ductwork

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

Bug issues (outside and inside)

Many infestation issues start outside 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, luggage, and pieces of furniture and resist store-bought treatment. The work of a reputable bug control provider will not only eliminate the situation, but regular treatment can prevent bugs from returning.

That unusual smoky odor; it is everywhere!

Tobacco smoke is pervasive and stubborn, especially when it comes to material at your residence, like carpets and draperies. Open all windows to air out the residence as much as you possibly can. Employ an expert cleanup provider to clean carpeting and drapes and clean all wall surfaces using white vinegar to neutralize the smell.

Home appliance troubles

From stove coils that remain cold to washers which don't turn on, major home appliance problems can be a aggravation. It will take money and time to replace these things and arrange transport and set up; take a look at all the appliances prior to when you move in, so you realize in advance what things to fix and what to replace.

Architectural integrity

Uneven floor surfaces, water-damaged walls, crumbled concrete, absent roof shingles, and other structure concerns tend to be the signs of more substantial and more pricey situations. Know ahead of 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 room, have to refinish flooring or repair wall surfaces, paint, stain, and repair before the moving company gets there with your belongings, if you can, so you are not moving household furniture or living with covered furniture 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.

Wiring and plumbing problems

Be mindful of overflowing toilets or slow-draining sinks or tubs; these can be a sign of pipes in need of cleaning or upgrading. Water pooling for extended amounts of time in the yard may indicate a busted or leaking water line below the ground. Assess every electrical outlet and each light switch for proper function. Check out all wiring for indications of fraying and swap burned-out lightbulbs with efficient CFL or LED versions.

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 simpler to handle before moving into your new home.

 

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