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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 got the paperwork and also the keys; the lights and utilities are on and the moving company in San Antonio shall be there shortly to move your things into your new abode. You have a thousand cartons (or more it seems), baggage, crates, household furniture, electronic devices, domestic pets, and plants to determine the ideal locations making this new residence feel like home.

However before you bring anything away from the moving van, unpack a carton or hang a picture, are you positive with regards to the safety, security, and cleanliness of your new place? Did you examine and check everything prior to declaring, "I love it! I am going to get it!" Did you suppose since the place is brand new and you are the primary occupant, every little thing was okay with no second look? Investigating your new home ahead of when the professional movers in San Antonio arrive and while it will be vacant to correct issues now, is less complicated and less expensive than trying to resolve issues afterwards, which may involve moving household furniture or repairing damaged property.

Here are 10 solutions before the moving van pulls in:

Open up wide, now close - if you're able to

Windows which do not open or close completely, missing locks, broken sashes, are definitely more than just a bother; they may be a safety threat. In a fire, your main exit point may be the nearby window, and if you can't use it (or first responders cannot get to you), there is a life and death predicament. Not working windows can also be an invitation to thieves to come inside and take what's not theirs. Windows that will not close totally permit heated air to escape in winter and cold air during the warm months, costing you extra money on your electric or gas costs and allowing flying pests inside your home.

Lacking, broken doors and locking mechanisms

Doors locks that do not work will be an "Enter here, swipe everything you desire" invitation to thieves. Entrance doors which are improperly installed, warped or leave an excessive amount of room between the door and the frame likewise let cold or hot air to get out, upping your electric or gas bill.

Unclean 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 in these ducts, and expert cleanup is definitely worth the expense of clean air and residing allergen-free.

Bug problems (in and out)

The majority of infestation troubles commence out of doors and move in the house, courtesy of openings in the house (cement cracks, faulty windows or doors, roofing leaks) however some, such as German roaches, multiply in home appliances, travel luggage, and household furniture and survive store-bought treatment. The work of a trustworthy pest management business will not only take away the problem, but routine treatment can prevent unwanted pests from coming back again.

That unusual smoky stink; it is all over the place!

Cigarette smoke is invasive and hard to clean, specifically when it comes to material in the home, like the carpeting and draperies. Open all windows to air out the residence as much as you possibly can. Employ a professional cleanup provider to clean carpeting and curtains and wipe down all walls using white vinegar to subdue the smell.

Home appliance troubles

From stove coils that remain cold to washing machines which do not turn on, major appliance troubles can be a headache. It requires time and money to replace these products and arrange shipping and installation; check all the home appliances before you move in, so you realize before hand what you should fix and what to replace.

Structural integrity

Irregular floors, water-damaged walls, crumbled concrete, lacking roofing shingles, and additional structure problems can be symptoms of larger and more pricey problems. Know before spending your first night what calls for fixes at this moment, or you could face more expensive maintenance tasks later.

Major cosmetic concerns

If you loathe the paint tone in the space, ought to refinish flooring surfaces or repair walls, paint, stain, and repair ahead of when the moving company shows up with your things, if possible, so you aren't moving furniture or living with covered furnishings or chemical fumes during the process.

Drainage problems

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 in a storm, scraping leaves and twigs out.

Electrical wiring and plumbing concerns

Beware overflowing toilets or slow-draining sinks or tubs; these may be a signal of plumbing in need of cleaning or replacing. Water pooling for extended durations in the yard may suggest a busted or leaking pipe below the ground. Check each and every electrical socket and every light switch for proper operation. Inspect all electrical wires for indications of fraying and replace burned-out lightbulbs with efficient CFL or LED types.

Being a professional moving company in San Antonio, we have seen homes in all sorts of conditions, and we recognize that there are a few issues, including the ones discussed here, that happen to be much simpler to tackle before moving into your new home.


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