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 along with the keys; the lights and utilities are on and the moving company in Austin is going to be there briefly to move your items into your new place. You have a thousand cartons (or so it appears), baggage, crates, pieces of furniture, electronics, pets, and plants to find the ideal spots to make this new abode feel like home.

Before you bring anything from the van, unpack a carton or hang a picture, are you positive in regards to the safety, security, and cleanliness of your new home? Did you examine and assess everything before saying, "I love it! I am going to take it!" Did you suppose since the spot is totally new and you're the original tenant, every little thing was fine without a second look? Examining your new home ahead of when the professional movers in Austin show up and while it will be bare to correct challenges now, is easier and cheaper than trying to fix troubles afterwards, which can entail moving household furniture or repairing damaged property.

Listed here are 10 remedies ahead of when the moving van pulls in:

Open wide, now shut - if you can

Windows that will not open or close properly, absent locks, busted sashes, are more than only a bother; they are a safety hazard. In a fire, your main exit point could possibly be the closest window, and if you are unable to use it (or first responders cannot get to you), you've got a life and death situation. Malfunctioning windows may also be an invitation to intruders to come inside and take what is not theirs. Windows that do not shut entirely allow heated air to leave in winter and cool air during the summer time, costing you extra money on your gas or electric bill and allowing flying insects in the house.

Absent, busted doors and locks

Doors locks which do not work tend to be an "Enter here, take the things you desire" invite to crooks. Doors that are improperly fitted, warped or leave excessive room in between the door and also the frame additionally permit cool or hot air to escape, upping your electric or gas charges.

Scummy ductwork

Air ducts need cleaning before a move in, especially for allergy sufferers. Swap all the air filters. Dirt, dust, pet dander, hair, spider webs, and bugs accumulate within these ducts, and expert cleanup is definitely worth the price of clean air and living allergen-free.

Pest troubles (in and out)

The majority of bug issues start outside and move inside, due to openings in the house (cement crevices, defective windows or doors, roof leaks) but some, for example German roaches, proliferate in home appliances, suitcases, and furniture and also resist store-bought treatment. The work of a reliable pest management business won't just get rid of the issue, but frequent treatment will prevent bugs from coming back again.

That peculiar smoky stench; it is all over the place!

Tobacco smoke is pervasive and hard to clean, particularly when it comes to textiles in the home, like carpeting and draperies. Open up all windows to air out the house as much as you can. Employ an expert cleaning provider to clean carpeting and drapes as well as wipe down all wall surfaces using white vinegar to neutralize the smell.

Home appliance problems

From stovetop coils that remain cold to dishwashers that will not start up, major appliance issues can be a annoyance. It requires money and time to replace these items and schedule delivery and set up; test all the home appliances prior to move in, so you understand in advance what things to repair and what to replace.

Architectural integrity

Irregular floor surfaces, water-damaged walls, crumbled concrete, absent roof tiles, and additional building problems are sometimes the signs of bigger and more pricey conditions. Understand ahead of spending your initial night what needs maintenance now, or you could encounter more costly maintenance tasks later.

Major aesthetic considerations

For those who hate the paint color in a area, need to refinish flooring surfaces or patch wall surfaces, paint, stain, and repair prior to when the moving company shows up with your items, if you can, so you're not moving household furniture or living with covered furniture or chemical smells along the route.

Drainage issues

Check rain gutters and downspouts; clean them before you move in, during decent weather conditions, so you aren't stuck on a step ladder during a weather event, scraping leaves and twigs out.

Electrical wiring and plumbing problems

Beware overflowing toilets or slow-draining sinks or showers; these can be a indication of pipes in need of cleaning or upgrading. Water pooling for extended amounts of time in the lawn may suggest a damaged or seeping pipe underground. Assess each electrical socket and each light switch for proper operation. Look at all electrical wires for indicators of fraying and change out burned-out lightbulbs with efficient CFL or LED variations.

As a professional moving company in Austin, we see homes in all sorts of conditions, and we know that there are a few problems, like the types mentioned here, that are much easier to take on before moving into your new house.


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