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

However before you take anything from the van, 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 verify everything before saying, "I love it! I am going to get it!" Did you suppose because the spot is totally new and you're the original tenant, everything was good with no second look? Investigating your new home before the professional movers in Little Rock arrive and while it will be vacant to fix problems at this moment, is simpler and less costly than trying to fix problems later, which may involve moving household furniture or repairing damaged property.

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

Open up wide, now close - if you're able to

Windows that will not open or close completely, absent locks, broken sashes, are definitely more than just a hassle; they may be a safety risk. In a fire, your main escape place could be the nearest window, and if you can't use it (or first responders are not able to reach you), you've got a life and death situation. Not working windows are also an invitation to crooks to come inside and take what is not theirs. Windows that don't close completely permit heated air to leave in winter and cold air in the summer, costing you additional money on your electric or gas bill and allowing flying pests inside.

Lacking, damaged doors and locking mechanisms

Doors locks that do not work will be an "Enter here, steal that which you desire" invite to criminals. Doors that are inadequately installed, warped or leave an excessive amount of room between the door and the frame also permit cold or warm air to escape, increasing your electric or gas costs.

Grimy ductwork

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

Insect issues (in and out)

Many insect situations commence outside and move indoors, due to openings at your residence (concrete cracks, defective windows or doors, roofing leaks) but some, for example German roaches, proliferate in home appliances, suitcases, and household furniture as well as resist store-bought treatment. The work of a dependable pest management provider won't just take away the problem, but regular 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 at your residence, such as the carpeting and window treatments. Open all windows to air out the residence as much as you can. Employ a professional cleanup company to thoroughly clean carpets and curtains as well as clean all walls utilizing white vinegar to subdue the odor.

Home appliance problems

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

Structural integrity

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

Serious cosmetic considerations

In the event you dislike the paint color in the 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 furnishings 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 within 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 periods of time in the yard might point to a broken or leaking water line underground. Check each and every electrical socket and each light switch for proper function. Inspect all electrical wiring for signs 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, like the ones discussed here, that happen to be much better to tackle ahead of moving into your new home.


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