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 have the paperwork and the house keys; the lights and utilities are on and the moving company in Little Rock will be there soon to move your items in your new place. You have a thousand cartons (or so it seems), bags, crates, home furniture, electronic devices, household pets, and plants to find the perfect spots making this new abode feel like home.

But before you take anything from the moving van, unpack a carton or hang a picture, are you positive in regards to the safety, security, and cleanliness of your new place? Did you inspect and check everything ahead of saying, "I love it! I am going to get it!" Did you assume because the spot is new and you are the first occupant, every little thing was good with no second look? Investigating your new home before the professional movers in Little Rock get there and while it is bare to correct challenges at this moment, is simpler and less costly than hoping to resolve issues later on, which might involve moving household furniture or replacing damaged property.

Here are 10 solutions ahead of when the moving van pulls in:

Open up wide, now close - if you can

Windows which don't open or close completely, absent locks, broken sashes, are definitely more than only a hassle; they are a safety risk. In a fire, your only exit spot might be the closest window, and if you can't use it (or first responders cannot reach you), you have a life and death scenario. Broken windows may also be an invitation to thieves to come inside and take what is not theirs. Windows which do not close totally allow warm air to leave in winter and cool air in the summer, costing you extra money on your gas or electric bill and letting flying bugs inside your home.

Absent, broken doors and locking mechanisms

Doors locks which don't work are an "Enter here, steal the things you desire" invite to crooks. Doors that happen to be inadequately fitted, warped or leave a lot of room in between the door and also the frame also allow cool or hot air to escape, upping your electric or gas bill.

Dirty ductwork

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

Bug troubles (inside and outside)

Many bug situations commence outside and move in the house, courtesy of openings at your residence (concrete crevices, faulty windows or doors, roofing leaks) but some, like German roaches, multiply in home appliances, travel luggage, and pieces of furniture and also endure store-bought treatment. The work of a reliable bug elimination provider won't only take away the problem, but frequent treatment helps prevent insects from finding their way back.

That odd smoky odor; it's everywhere!

Tobacco smoke is pervasive and hard to clean, particularly when it comes to cloth in the house, like the carpeting and window treatments. Open all windows to air out the home as much as possible. Employ a professional cleaning company to thoroughly clean carpeting and window treatments as well as wipe down all wall surfaces using white vinegar to neutralize the stink.

Appliance issues

From stove coils that remain cold to washing machines which do not start up, major home appliance problems certainly are a hassle. It takes time and money to replace these products and plan transport and installation; test all the home appliances prior to move in, so you know before hand what to repair and what to replace.

Structural integrity

Uneven flooring, water-damaged walls, crumbled cement, missing roofing shingles, and additional building concerns can be the signs of larger and more pricey problems. Recognize prior to spending your first night what demands repairs at this point, or you might face higher priced fixes down the road.

Serious cosmetic concerns

In case you dislike the paint tone within a area, have to refinish flooring surfaces or patch wall surfaces, paint, stain, and repair before the moving company arrives with your things, if possible, so you will not be moving pieces of furniture or living with covered home furnishings or chemical vapors along the route.

Drainage dilemmas

Check gutters and downspouts; clean them prior to when you move in, during good weather, so you're not stuck on a ladder within a weather event, scraping leaves and tree branches out.

Wiring and plumbing issues

Be weary of overflowing toilets or slow-draining sinks or showers; these could be a sign of pipes in need of cleaning or replacing. Water pooling for extended durations in the lawn may suggest a busted or dripping water line below ground. Check every single electrical outlet and every light switch for proper operation. Look at all electrical wires for indicators of fraying and replace burned-out lightbulbs with efficient CFL or LED versions.

As a professional moving company in Little Rock, we see homes in all sorts of conditions, and we know that there are some issues, such as the ones discussed here, that are much easier to take on ahead of moving into your new residence.

 

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