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 got the paperwork 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, home furniture, electronics, pets, and plants to determine the proper locations to make this new abode feel like home.

But 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 inspect and verify everything before stating, "I love it! I'll get it!" Did you assume as the abode is brand new and you are the first occupant, everything was good without having a second look? Investigating your new residence before the professional movers in Atlanta show up and while it is vacant to fix problems at this moment, is easier and less costly than hoping to fix difficulties later on, which may entail moving household furniture or repairing damaged property.

Here are 10 remedies 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, will be more than only a nuisance; they may be a safety threat. In a fire, your main departure 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. Malfunctioning windows can also be an invitation to thieves to come inside and take what is not theirs. Windows that don't close completely permit heated air to leave in winter and cool air during the warm months, costing you more money on your electric or gas bill and letting flying insects inside your home.

Absent, damaged doors and locking mechanisms

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

Unclean ductwork

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

Bug issues (in and out)

The majority of bug troubles commence outside and move inside, due to openings in the house (cement fractures, faulty windows or doors, roof leaks) but some, for example German roaches, proliferate in home appliances, travel luggage, and pieces of furniture and also endure store-bought treatment. The work of a dependable pest management provider will not only remove the problem, but regular treatment helps prevent bugs from coming back again.

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

Cigarette smoke is invasive and stubborn, especially 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 an expert cleanup provider to thoroughly clean carpets and window treatments as well as clean all walls utilizing white vinegar to neutralize the stink.

Home appliance problems

From stove burners that stay cold to dishwashers which don't switch on, major appliance problems really are a hassle. It requires time and money to replace these items and schedule shipping and installation; check all the home appliances before you move in, so you understand ahead of time what to fix and what to replace.

Architectural integrity

Irregular flooring, water-damaged walls, crumbled cement, lacking roofing shingles, and other building issues are sometimes indications of bigger and more costly matters. Know ahead of spending your initial night what demands repairs right now, or you could encounter more costly fixes later.

Significant cosmetic issues

In the event you loathe the paint hue within a area, need to refinish floor surfaces or patch walls, paint, stain, and repair ahead of when the moving company gets there with your things, if possible, so you will not be moving furniture or living with covered furnishings or chemical smells along the way.

Drainage challenges

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

Electrical wiring and plumbing problems

Be mindful of overflowing toilets or slow-draining sinks or showers; this can be a indication of plumbing in need of cleaning or repairing. 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 change out burned-out lightbulbs with efficient CFL or LED types.

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

 

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