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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 

Well done! You have the papers and the house keys; the lights and utilities are on and the moving company in Dallas shall be there soon to move your items into your new place. You've got a thousand cartons (or so it appears), baggage, crates, household furniture, electronic devices, household pets, and plants to find the ideal spots to make this new house feel like home.

But before you bring anything away from the van, unpack a carton or hang a picture, are you comfortable with regards to the safety, security, and cleanliness of your new abode? Did you inspect and verify everything before saying, "I love it! I am going to get it!" Did you suppose as the abode is brand new and you're the first occupant, everything was good with no second look? Examining your new house ahead of when the professional movers in Dallas get there and while it's vacant to fix troubles now, is easier and cheaper than attempting to fix difficulties later on, which might entail moving household furniture or repairing damaged property.

The following are 10 remedies before the moving van pulls in:

Open wide, now close - when you can

Windows that will not open or close correctly, missing locks, broken sashes, are more than only a bother; they may be a safety threat. In a fire, your only departure point could possibly be the nearby window, and if you cannot use it (or first responders can't get to you), you've got a life and death predicament. Malfunctioning windows may also be an invitation to intruders to come inside and take what is not theirs. Windows which do not close totally allow heated air to get out in winter and cool air in the summer, costing you more money on your gas or electric charges and allowing flying pests indoors.

Missing, damaged doors and locking mechanisms

Doors locks that don't work are an "Enter here, grab everything you desire" invitation to thieves. Entry doors that happen to be inadequately installed, warped or leave excessive room in between the door and also the frame likewise let cold or hot air to escape, increasing your electric or gas bill.

Grimy air ducts

Air ducts need maintaining in advance of a move in, particularly for allergy sufferers. Swap all the furnace filters. Debris, dust, pet dander, hair, spider webs, and bugs accumulate within these ducts, and professional cleanup may be worth the price of clean air and living allergen-free.

Bug troubles (inside and outside)

The majority of insect problems start outside and move indoors, thanks to openings in the home (cement crevices, defective windows or doors, roof leaks) but some, like German roaches, proliferate in home appliances, travel luggage, and household furniture as well as survive store-bought treatment. The work of a reputable pest control provider won't just remove the issue, but regular treatment helps prevent insects from coming back.

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

Tobacco smoke is persistent and hard to clean, specifically when it comes to fabrics in the home, such as the carpeting and drapes and window treatments. Open all windows to air out the home as much as is possible. Employ an experienced cleanup service to clean carpeting and drapes and also wipe down all wall surfaces with white vinegar to subdue the smell.

Appliance issues

From stovetop coils that stay cold to dishwashers that will not start up, major appliance issues can be a annoyance. It takes time and money to replace these things and arrange delivery and installation; check all the appliances prior to move in, so you understand in advance what things to fix and what to change out.

Structural integrity

Uneven floor surfaces, water-damaged walls, crumbled concrete, missing roofing tiles, and other structure concerns tend to be the signs of more substantial and more expensive matters. Understand before spending your first night what calls for maintenance now, or you might face more expensive maintenance tasks down the road.

Significant cosmetic issues

In case you detest the paint color in a area, need to refinish flooring surfaces or fix wall surfaces, paint, stain, and patch prior to when the moving company arrives with your stuff, if possible, so you will not be moving pieces of furniture or living with covered furnishings or chemical fumes along the route.

Drainage dilemmas

Look at gutters and downspouts; clean them prior to when you move in, during decent weather, so you are not stuck on a ladder within a storm, scraping leaves and tree branches out.

Wiring and plumbing problems

Beware overflowing toilets or slow-draining sinks or tubs; this can be a sign of pipes in need of cleaning or upgrading. Water pooling for lengthy durations in the lawn might point to a broken or dripping water pipe below the ground. Verify every electrical outlet and every light switch for proper function. Check out all electrical wires for indications of fraying and replace burned-out lightbulbs with efficient CFL or LED variations.

Being a professional moving company in Dallas, we've seen homes in many conditions, and we recognize that there are a few issues, like the kinds talked about here, that are much simpler to deal with ahead of moving into your new house.


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