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 have the documents and the keys; the lights and utilities are on and the moving company in Atlanta will be there shortly to move your items in your new place. There are a thousand cartons (or so it appears), luggage, crates, household furniture, electronics, domestic pets, and plants to determine the right locations to make this new abode feel like home.

Before you take anything away from the moving van, unpack a carton or hang a picture, are you comfortable with regards to the safety, security, and cleanliness of your new place? Did you examine and verify everything prior to saying, "I love it! I will get it!" Did you assume as the abode is brand new and you're the first occupant, everything was fine without having a second look? Investigating your new residence prior to when the professional movers in Atlanta show up and while it is vacant to fix issues at this moment, is simpler and cheaper than hoping to fix difficulties later, which might entail moving household furniture or repairing damaged property.

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

Open wide, now shut - if you're able to

Windows which don't open or close properly, absent locks, busted sashes, are more than only a nuisance; they may be a safety threat. In a fire, your main exit spot may be the closest window, and if you can't use it (or first responders cannot get to you), there is a life and death situation. Not working windows will also be an invitation to intruders to come inside and take what is not theirs. Windows which do not close completely permit heated air to leave in winter and cool air during the warm months, costing you additional money on your electric or gas bill and letting flying pests inside.

Absent, damaged doors and locking mechanisms

Doors locks that do not work will be an "Enter here, swipe that which you desire" invite to thieves. Entry doors that are improperly fitted, warped or leave a lot of room between the door and the frame likewise allow cool or warm air to escape, upping your electric or gas costs.

Scummy ductwork

Air ducts need cleaning before a move in, specifically for allergy sufferers. Replace all the air filters. Dirt, allergens, pet dander, hair, spider webs, and pests gather within these ducts, and expert cleanup is worth the price of clean air and being allergen-free.

Bug concerns (in and out)

The majority of infestation troubles commence outside and move inside, due to openings in the home (cement cracks, faulty windows or doors, roof leaks) but some, for example German roaches, proliferate in home appliances, travel luggage, and household furniture and resist store-bought treatment. The work of a reputable pest management provider won't just remove the issue, but frequent treatment can prevent unwanted pests from coming back again.

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

Cigarette smoke is invasive and stubborn, particularly when it comes to cloth in the house, including carpeting and drapes and window treatments. Open all windows to air out the house as much as you can. Employ a professional cleanup provider to thoroughly clean carpets and window treatments as well as clean all walls utilizing white vinegar to counteract the stink.

Home appliance issues

From stove burners that stay cold to dishwashers which don't turn on, major appliance problems really are a annoyance. It requires time and money to replace these items and schedule delivery and installation; test all the home appliances before you move in, so you understand before hand what to repair and what to replace.

Architectural integrity

Irregular floors, water-damaged walls, crumbled cement, lacking roofing shingles, and other building issues can be indications of larger and more costly matters. Know before spending your first night what calls for maintenance at this moment, or you could encounter more costly repairs in the future.

Significant cosmetic concerns

For those who detest the paint hue within a area, have to refinish floor surfaces or patch walls, paint, stain, and repair before the moving company arrives with your things, if you can, so you will not be moving furniture or living with covered furnishings or chemical fumes during the process.

Drainage challenges

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

Electrical wiring and plumbing problems

Beware overflowing toilets or slow-draining sinks or showers; this can be a sign of plumbing in need of cleaning or replacing. Water pooling for extended amounts of time in the yard may indicate a busted or seeping pipe underground. Verify each and every electrical socket and each light switch for correct function. Inspect all electrical wires for indicators of fraying and replace burned-out lightbulbs with efficient CFL or LED types.

Being a professional moving company in Atlanta, we see houses in many conditions, and we understand that there are some issues, including the kinds discussed here, that happen to be much better to handle before moving into your new residence.


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