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 documents and the keys; the lights and utilities are on and the moving company in Dallas shall be there briefly to move your items into your new abode. There are a thousand boxes (or more it appears), baggage, crates, household furniture, electronics, household pets, and plants to find the proper places and make this new house feel like home.

Before you bring anything from the moving truck, unpack a box or hang a picture, are you confident about the safety, security, and cleanliness of your new place? Did you scrutinize and verify everything ahead of declaring, "I love it! I am going to take it!" Did you assume as the place is totally new and you are the primary occupant, the whole thing was okay without a second look? Examining your new home ahead of when the professional movers in Dallas arrive and while it is empty to fix concerns at this point, is simpler and less expensive than hoping to repair troubles later on, which might entail moving household furniture or replacing damaged property.

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

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

Windows that do not open or close completely, missing locks, busted sashes, are definitely more than just a nuisance; they are a safety risk. In a fire, your main departure spot might be the nearby window, and if you cannot utilize it (or first responders are not able to get to you), you have a life and death situation. Broken windows will also be an invitation to crooks to come inside and take what is not theirs. Windows that will not close entirely permit warm air to leave in winter and cool air in the summer, costing you more money on your gas or electric bill and letting flying pests in the house.

Missing, damaged doors and locks

Doors locks that don't work will be an "Enter here, swipe everything you wish" invitation to thieves. Doors which are poorly installed, warped or leave a lot of room between the door and the frame also let cold or warm air to escape, increasing your electric or gas costs.

Unclean air ducts

Air ducts need maintaining in advance of a move in, especially for allergy sufferers. Change all the air filters. Grime, dust, pet dander, hair, spider webs, and insects gather in these ducts, and expert cleanup may be worth the cost of clean air and residing allergen-free.

Pest concerns (in and out)

The majority of bug troubles commence outdoors and move in the house, courtesy of openings in the home (cement cracks, faulty windows or doors, roofing leaks) however some, such as German roaches, multiply in appliances, luggage, and pieces of furniture as well as survive store-bought treatment. The work of a dependable pest management business won't just get rid of the issue, but regular treatment can prevent pests from finding their way back.

That unusual smoky stench; it is all around you!

Cigarette smoke is pervasive and stubborn, especially when it comes to cloth in the house, including carpets and draperies. Open all windows to air out the house as much as possible. Engage an experienced cleaning provider to thoroughly clean carpets and curtains as well as clean all wall surfaces with white vinegar to subdue the smell.

Appliance troubles

From stovetop coils that remain cold to washers which don't switch on, major home appliance issues really are a hassle. It will take money and time to replace these products and schedule shipping and installation; take a look at all the home appliances prior to when you move in, so you understand ahead of time what to fix and what to upgrade.

Structural integrity

Irregular floor surfaces, water-damaged walls, cracked concrete, lacking roofing tiles, and various other building issues can be the signs of more substantial and more pricey conditions. Recognize ahead of spending your initial night what requires maintenance at this point, or you may face more costly maintenance tasks in the future.

Major aesthetic considerations

In case you despise the paint tone in a room, have to refinish flooring surfaces or repair wall surfaces, paint, stain, and repair ahead of when the moving company shows up with your things, if possible, so you are not moving furniture or living with covered furniture or chemical smells along the route.

Drainage issues

Check rain gutters and downspouts; clean them prior to when you move in, during good weather conditions, so you aren't stuck on a step ladder within a storm, scraping leaves and branches out.

Electrical wiring and plumbing troubles

Be mindful of overflowing toilets or slow-draining sinks or tubs; this can be a signal of pipes in need of cleaning or replacing. Water pooling for extended periods of time in the yard may suggest a damaged or seeping pipe below the ground. Verify every electrical socket and every light switch for proper operation. Check out all wiring for signs of fraying and replace burned-out lightbulbs with efficient CFL or LED types.

As a professional moving company in Dallas, we've seen houses in many conditions, and we understand that there are several issues, such as the kinds discussed here, that happen to be much better to tackle before moving into your new home.


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