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 keys; the lights and utilities are on and the moving company in Killeen shall be there briefly to move your things in your new place. You have a thousand boxes (or so it seems), luggage, crates, pieces of furniture, electronics, household pets, and plants to achieve the ideal spots and make this new house feel like home.

But before you carry anything out of the moving van, unpack a box or hang a picture, are you positive in regards to the safety, security, and cleanliness of your new abode? Did you scrutinize and verify everything prior to stating, "I love it! I'll get it!" Did you assume because the abode is new and you are the primary tenant, everything was fine with no second look? Investigating your new house ahead of when the professional movers in Killeen show up and while it will be vacant to fix concerns now, is less complicated and less costly than attempting to fix problems afterwards, which can include moving household furniture or repairing damaged property.

The following are 10 remedies prior to when the moving van pulls in:

Open wide, now shut - if you're able to

Windows that will not open or close correctly, missing locks, busted sashes, will be more than just a nuisance; they are a safety hazard. In a fire, your main departure spot might be the nearest window, and if you are unable to use it (or first responders can't get to you), you have a life and death situation. Malfunctioning windows can also be an invitation to thieves to come inside and take what's not theirs. Windows which do not shut totally allow heated air to leave in winter and cold air during the warm months, costing you more money on your electric or gas charges and letting flying bugs in the house.

Missing, damaged doors and locking mechanisms

Doors locks which do not work are an "Enter here, steal everything you desire" invite to crooks. Entrance doors that are poorly fitted, warped or leave an excessive amount of room in between the door and the frame also permit cold or warm air to escape, upping your electric or gas costs.

Scummy air ducts

Air ducts need maintaining ahead of a move in, especially for allergy sufferers. Change all the furnace filters. Dirt, allergens, pet dander, hair, spider webs, and bugs accumulate within these ducts, and expert cleaning will be worth the expense of clean air and being allergen-free.

Bug issues (outside and inside)

Most pest problems commence outdoors and move in the house, courtesy of openings in the house (cement crevices, defective windows or doors, roofing leaks) however some, such as German roaches, multiply in appliances, suitcases, and home furniture and survive store-bought treatment. The work of a reputable pest management company won't just get rid of the situation, but regular treatment helps prevent unwanted pests from coming back.

That unusual smoky smell; it's all over the place!

Cigarette smoke is persistent and stubborn, especially when it comes to textiles in the house, such as the carpeting and draperies. Open up all windows to air out the home as much as possible. Employ a professional cleanup service to thoroughly clean carpeting and drapes and also clean all wall surfaces using white vinegar to counteract the odor.

Home appliance troubles

From stove coils that stay cold to washing machines which do not start up, major appliance troubles can be a headache. It takes money and time to replace these items and arrange delivery and set up; test all the home appliances before you move in, so you know in advance what you should repair and what to upgrade.

Structural integrity

Uneven floor surfaces, water-damaged walls, cracked cement, lacking roofing shingles, and additional building issues can be the signs of larger and more pricey situations. Know prior to spending your first night what requires fixes at this point, or you might face more expensive repairs down the road.

Significant cosmetic issues

If you despise the paint color in a room, have to refinish flooring surfaces or repair walls, paint, stain, and repair ahead of when the moving company arrives with your things, preferably, so you will not be moving furniture or living with covered furnishings or chemical vapors during the process.

Drainage problems

Look at rain gutters and downspouts; clean them before you move in, during fine weather, so you're not stuck on a ladder within a weather event, scraping leaves and branches out.

Electrical wiring and plumbing problems

Beware overflowing toilets or slow-draining sinks or tubs; these may be a indication of pipes in need of cleaning or replacing. Water pooling for long durations in the yard might point to a damaged or seeping pipe below the ground. Check every electrical socket and each light switch for correct operation. Check out all wiring for signs of fraying and swap burned-out lightbulbs with efficient CFL or LED types.

Being a professional moving company in Killeen, we have seen houses in all sorts of conditions, and we know that there are several problems, such as the kinds mentioned here, that happen to be much easier to handle in advance of moving into your new house.


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