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 documents and the keys; the lights and utilities are on and the moving company in Little Rock is going to be there soon to move your belongings into your new abode. You've got a thousand boxes (or more it seems), baggage, crates, household furniture, electronic devices, household pets, and plants to determine the right locations to make this new residence feel like home.

However before you take anything out of the moving truck, unpack a box or hang a picture, are you positive with regards to the safety, security, and cleanliness of your new place? Did you inspect and check everything prior to saying, "I love it! I am going to get it!" Did you suppose because the spot is totally new and you are the initial tenant, everything was fine with no second look? Investigating your new house before the professional movers in Little Rock arrive and while it will be empty to fix issues at this moment, is easier and cheaper than attempting to fix problems later, which may involve moving household furniture or repairing damaged property.

Here are 10 repairs before the moving van pulls in:

Open up wide, now close - provided you can

Windows that will not open or close completely, absent locks, damaged sashes, are definitely more than just a nuisance; they may be a safety risk. In a fire, your main escape point might be the closest window, and if you can't use it (or first responders are not able to reach you), you've got a life and death scenario. Not working windows are also an invitation to crooks to come inside and take what is not theirs. Windows which do not close completely permit heated air to escape in winter and cold air in the summer, costing you more money on your electric or gas bill and permitting flying insects inside.

Lacking, damaged doors and locking mechanisms

Doors locks which don't work will be an "Enter here, steal that which you want" invite to crooks. Entrance doors that are poorly installed, warped or leave excessive room between the door and the frame also permit cold or heated air to escape, increasing your electric or gas costs.

Grimy ductwork

Air ducts need maintaining ahead of a move in, particularly for allergy sufferers. Replace all the furnace filters. Dirt, dust, pet dander, hair, spider webs, and bugs collect in these ducts, and professional cleaning is worth the price of clean air and living allergen-free.

Insect concerns (in and out)

Many insect situations commence outside and move indoors, due to openings at your residence (concrete cracks, faulty windows or doors, roofing leaks) but some, for example German roaches, proliferate in home appliances, suitcases, and pieces of furniture as well as resist store-bought treatment. The work of a reputable bug elimination provider will not only get rid of the issue, but frequent treatment helps prevent pests from coming back.

That odd smoky smell; it's all around you!

Tobacco smoke is persistent and hard to clean, especially when it comes to cloth in the home, such as the carpeting and window treatments. Open all windows to air out the residence as much as you can. Employ an expert cleanup service to thoroughly clean carpets and drapes as well as clean all walls utilizing white vinegar to subdue the smell.

Home appliance problems

From stovetop burners that remain cold to dishwashers which do not switch on, major appliance problems certainly are a aggravation. It will take money and time to replace these items and plan transport and installation; check all the appliances prior to move in, so you realize in advance what to repair and what to replace.

Structural integrity

Irregular floor surfaces, water-damaged walls, crumbled cement, absent roofing shingles, and additional building issues can be indications of bigger and more pricey situations. Recognize prior to spending your primary night what requires repairs at this moment, or you could face more costly maintenance tasks later.

Serious cosmetic considerations

In the event you dislike the paint color in a space, need to refinish floor surfaces or repair wall surfaces, paint, stain, and patch ahead of when the moving company shows up with your stuff, preferably, so you're not moving household furniture or living with covered furniture or chemical smells during the process.

Drainage issues

Assess gutters and downspouts; clean them prior to when you move in, during good weather conditions, so you're not stuck on a step ladder during a thunderstorm, scraping leaves and twigs out.

Electrical and plumbing troubles

Beware overflowing toilets or slow-draining sinks or tubs; these could be a signal of plumbing in need of cleaning or upgrading. Water pooling for extended amounts of time in the yard might point to a broken or leaking water pipe underground. Check each and every electrical socket and each light switch for proper function. Inspect all electrical wiring for indications of fraying and replace burned-out lightbulbs with efficient CFL or LED types.

Being a professional moving company in Little Rock, we see homes in many conditions, and we recognize that there are a few issues, such as the ones talked about here, that are much better to tackle ahead of moving into your new home.


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