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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 

Congrats! You have the documents and the house keys; the lights and utilities are on and the moving company in Little Rock is going to be there soon to move your items into your new abode. You have a thousand boxes (or more it seems), luggage, crates, furniture, electronic devices, household pets, and plants to determine the perfect spots and make this new residence feel like home.

But before you carry anything out of the moving truck, unpack a box or hang a picture, are you comfortable in regards to the safety, security, and cleanliness of your new place? Did you scrutinize and verify everything ahead of declaring, "I love it! I will get it!" Did you assume as the abode is totally new and you are the initial tenant, every little thing was fine without having a second look? Looking into your new home prior to when the professional movers in Little Rock show up and while it will be bare to rectify troubles at this moment, is simpler and less expensive than attempting to resolve problems later on, which can include moving household furniture or replacing damaged property.

The following are 10 solutions before the moving van pulls in:

Open wide, now shut - provided you can

Windows that don't open or close correctly, absent locks, busted sashes, are more than only a nuisance; they're a safety hazard. In a fire, your main exit place might be the nearby window, and if you cannot use it (or first responders are not able to get to you), there is a life and death predicament. Not working windows are also an invitation to burglars to come inside and take what's not theirs. Windows that will not shut completely allow heated air to get out in winter and cool air during the warm months, costing you additional money on your gas or electric bill and allowing flying insects in the house.

Lacking, busted doors and locking mechanisms

Doors locks which don't work are an "Enter here, grab that which you wish" invitation to crooks. Entrance doors which are improperly installed, warped or leave too much room in between the door and the frame likewise permit cold or heated air to get out, increasing your electric or gas bill.

Dirty ductwork

Air ducts need maintaining before a move in, specifically for allergy sufferers. Replace all the air filters. Dirt, allergens, pet dander, hair, spider webs, and bugs collect in these ducts, and professional maintaining will be worth the expense of clean air and residing allergen-free.

Insect issues (inside and outside)

Many infestation troubles commence outside and move inside, thanks to openings in the house (concrete crevices, faulty windows or doors, roofing leaks) but some, such as German roaches, multiply in home appliances, luggage, and household furniture and survive store-bought treatment. The work of a reliable pest control business won't just take away the issue, but routine treatment helps prevent pests from finding their way back.

That strange smoky odor; it is everywhere!

Tobacco smoke is pervasive and hard to clean, particularly when it comes to cloth in the house, such as the carpeting and window treatments. Open all windows to air out the house as much as is possible. Engage an experienced cleanup company to clean carpets and window treatments and wipe down all wall surfaces using white vinegar to counteract the odor.

Appliance troubles

From stove burners that stay cold to washing machines which don't switch on, major appliance troubles are a frustration. It requires time and money to replace these items and plan transport and installation; take a look at all the appliances before you move in, so you know ahead of time what things to fix and what to replace.

Architectural integrity

Uneven floors, water-damaged walls, crumbled cement, missing roofing tiles, and various other structure troubles can be symptoms of larger and more pricey conditions. Recognize prior to spending your initial night what calls for maintenance now, or you could encounter higher priced repairs down the road.

Significant aesthetic issues

If you despise the paint hue in the room, have to refinish flooring surfaces or patch wall surfaces, paint, stain, and patch ahead of when the moving company gets there with your belongings, if you can, so you aren't moving furniture or living with covered furniture or chemical fumes along the route.

Drainage challenges

Assess gutters and downspouts; clean them before you move in, during fine weather, so you're not stuck on a step ladder in a storm, scraping leaves and branches out.

Electrical and plumbing issues

Be mindful of overflowing toilets or slow-draining sinks or tubs; these could be a indication of pipes in need of cleaning or repairing. Water pooling for long durations in the yard may suggest a busted or leaking pipe underground. Assess each and every electrical outlet and each light switch for correct function. Inspect all wiring for signs of fraying and replace burned-out lightbulbs with efficient CFL or LED types.

As a professional moving company in Little Rock, we have seen residences in many conditions, and we know that there are a few concerns, such as the kinds mentioned here, that are much simpler to handle ahead of moving into your new home.


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