Don't Unpack Anything! First, Make These Ten New Home Fixes
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
But before you get anything out of the van, unpack a box or hang a picture, are you positive with regards to the safety, security, and cleanliness of your new abode? Did you inspect and verify everything before declaring, "I love it! I'll take it!" Did you presume since the abode is totally new and you're the primary occupant, everything was good without a second look? Investigating your new home ahead of when the professional movers in Denver arrive and while it's bare to rectify problems at this moment, is easier and less expensive than trying to resolve troubles later on, which can include moving furniture or repairing damaged property.
Here are 10 fixes ahead of when the moving van pulls in:
Open wide, now close - provided you can
Windows which don't open or close properly, absent locks, damaged sashes, will be more than just a nuisance; they're a safety risk. In a fire, your only escape point may be the nearby window, and if you are unable to utilize it (or first responders cannot get to you), you have a life and death situation. Malfunctioning windows are also an invitation to crooks to come inside and take what's not theirs. Windows which don't close entirely allow heated air to get out in winter and cold air in the summer, costing you more money on your gas or electric charges and permitting flying pests in the house.
Lacking, busted doors and locking mechanisms
Doors locks which do not work are an "Enter here, swipe that which you wish" invitation to criminals. Entry doors which are poorly installed, warped or leave an excessive amount of space between the door and the frame also permit cold or hot air to get out, increasing your electric or gas charges.
Dirty air ducts
Air ducts need maintaining in advance of a move in, particularly for allergy sufferers. Replace all the furnace filters. Grime, dust, pet dander, hair, spider webs, and pests collect within these ducts, and expert cleaning is definitely worth the expense of clean air and being allergen-free.
Insect issues (outside and inside)
The majority of insect situations start out of doors and move in the house, due to openings in the house (concrete cracks, defective windows or doors, roof leaks) however some, like German roaches, proliferate in appliances, travel luggage, and furniture and resist store-bought treatment. The work of a dependable pest control business will not only get rid of the issue, but frequent treatment will prevent insects from coming back again.
That unusual smoky odor; it is everywhere!
Cigarette smoke is invasive and hard to clean, especially when it comes to material at your residence, like the carpeting and window treatments. Open up all windows to air out the residence as much as possible. Employ an expert cleaning service to clean carpeting and window treatments and wipe down all walls with white vinegar to neutralize the odor.
From stovetop coils that remain cold to dishwashers that won't switch on, major home appliance issues are a annoyance. It will take money and time to replace these things and plan shipping and set up; take a look at all the home appliances prior to move in, so you understand ahead of time what to repair and what to replace.
Irregular floors, water-damaged walls, crumbled cement, missing roof tiles, and other building concerns tend to be symptoms of bigger and more expensive problems. Recognize before spending your initial night what calls for repairs right now, or you might encounter higher priced maintenance tasks in the future.
Major aesthetic issues
For those who loathe the paint hue in a area, ought to refinish floor surfaces or patch wall surfaces, paint, stain, and repair prior to when the moving company shows up with your things, if you can, so you are not moving furniture or living with covered furniture or chemical smells along the route.
Check gutters and downspouts; clean them before you move in, during fine weather, so you are not stuck on a step ladder within a storm, scraping leaves and twigs out.
Electrical wiring and plumbing issues
Be weary of overflowing toilets or slow-draining sinks or tubs; this can be a signal of plumbing in need of cleaning or repairing. Water pooling for extended amounts of time in the yard may suggest a broken or dripping pipe underground. Check every electrical socket and each light switch for proper operation. Look at all electrical wiring for signs of fraying and change out burned-out lightbulbs with efficient CFL or LED versions.
Being a professional moving company in Denver, we've seen houses in all sorts of conditions, and we understand that there are several concerns, such as the kinds mentioned here, that are much simpler to take on in advance of moving into your new residence.
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