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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've got the paperwork along with the keys; the lights and utilities are on and the moving company in Atlanta will be there briefly to move your belongings into your new place. There are a thousand cartons (or more it appears), bags, crates, home furniture, electronics, pets, and plants to determine the perfect spots to make this new house feel like home.

Before you take anything away from the van, unpack a carton or hang a picture, are you confident with regards to the safety, security, and cleanliness of your new abode? Did you examine and assess everything prior to declaring, "I love it! I'll get it!" Did you presume as the place is new and you will be the primary occupant, the whole thing was okay without having a second look? Examining your new home before the professional movers in Atlanta show up and while it is vacant to correct challenges at this point, is less complicated and less expensive than trying to correct problems afterwards, which may include moving furniture or replacing damaged property.

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

Open up wide, now shut - if you can

Windows that do not open or close properly, missing locks, busted sashes, are more than only a bother; they're a safety threat. In a fire, your main departure spot could be the nearby window, and if you cannot use it (or first responders can't reach you), you've got a life and death scenario. Not working windows may also be an invitation to burglars to come inside and take what is not theirs. Windows which don't shut completely permit heated air to get out in winter and cold air in the summer, costing you additional money on your gas or electric bill and letting flying pests inside your home.

Lacking, broken doors and locks

Doors locks which don't work will be an "Enter here, take that which you desire" invite to thieves. Doors that are inadequately installed, warped or leave an excessive amount of room between the door and also the frame additionally allow cool or hot air to get out, upping your electric or gas costs.

Grimy ductwork

Air ducts need maintaining in advance of a move in, specifically for allergy sufferers. Change all the furnace filters. Grime, allergens, pet dander, hair, spider webs, and insects collect through these ducts, and professional cleanup is definitely worth the expense of clean air and living allergen-free.

Bug issues (inside and outside)

The majority of bug situations start outdoors and move inside, courtesy of openings in the house (concrete fractures, faulty windows or doors, roof leaks) however some, for example German roaches, multiply in home appliances, luggage, and household furniture and survive store-bought treatment. The work of a reputable bug elimination provider won't just remove the issue, but regular treatment stops insects from finding their way back.

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

Cigarette smoke is persistent and stubborn, especially when it comes to fabrics in the home, such as carpeting and draperies. Open all windows to air out the residence as much as you possibly can. Employ an experienced cleaning service to thoroughly clean carpets and window treatments as well as clean all walls with white vinegar to neutralize the stink.

Home appliance problems

From stovetop burners that remain cold to washers which don't switch on, major home appliance problems can be a aggravation. It takes time and money to replace these things and plan shipping and set up; test all the home appliances prior to move in, so you know before hand what things to remedy and what to change out.

Structural integrity

Uneven floors, water-damaged walls, crumbled cement, absent roof shingles, and other structure problems are sometimes symptoms of more substantial and more pricey conditions. Recognize ahead of spending your first night what calls for fixes right now, or you may encounter more costly fixes later.

Significant cosmetic concerns

If you dislike the paint color within a room, ought to refinish flooring or patch walls, paint, stain, and patch prior to when the moving company arrives with your things, if you can, so you're not moving pieces of furniture or living with covered home furnishings or chemical fumes along the way.

Drainage issues

Check gutters and downspouts; clean them before you move in, during good weather conditions, so you are not stuck on a step ladder during a storm, scraping leaves and twigs out.

Electrical wiring and plumbing concerns

Beware overflowing toilets or slow-draining sinks or tubs; this can be a indication of plumbing in need of cleaning or upgrading. Water pooling for lengthy amounts of time in the yard may indicate a damaged or leaking pipe underground. Check each electrical socket and each light switch for correct function. Examine all electrical wires for indicators of fraying and change out burned-out lightbulbs with efficient CFL or LED types.

Being a professional moving company in Atlanta, we have seen houses in many conditions, and we know that there are several problems, like the types discussed here, that happen to be much easier to tackle ahead of moving into your new residence.


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