New Home Nightmares: What to Check for Before the Move

New Home Nightmares: What to Check for Before the Move
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    Moving into a new home brings an incomparable sense of joy. However, it also brings with it a large amount of stress.


If not done properly, moving into a home could actually become a nightmare. The following are a few things that you might want to check before moving in to a new home, no matter how old it is.

Review All Safety Features

You want your home to be a place where you and your family feel safe. Make sure that the safety features in the home work before packing up. This includes going through and checking all smoke detectors and fire detectors. Is the home equipped with a carbon monoxide detector? If so, great. If not, get one. Check to see that the exterior lighting works. Also, look at the locks on each outer door. Are they strong and secure, or are they wobbly? If you are moving to a home that was previously owned by someone else, it is not a bad idea to get the locks changed.

Are All Utilities Properly Functioning?

The first few days in a new home are going to require a period of adjustment. If things like the faucet, toilets and pipes do not function properly, those first few days can actually become a nightmare. During the home inspection, take your time and make sure every single faucet turns on. Walk into every bathroom and flush all of the toilets, turn on the showers, check the water pressure, and see how long it takes for the hot water to actually get warm. 

Go through with a small lamp and check every single electrical socket. Turn on every single light in the house and make sure that both the switch and electrical sockets work. Look at the water heater and make sure that it is not full of rust. Check for any debris or chipping, as this can be an indication of a leak in the heater and might even be indicative of carbon monoxide problems.

Prior to moving in, do not be afraid to ask for a ventilation inspection. If there is a problem with the heating and cooling unit, whether it’s in Winnipeg or Arizona, you’ll want to get it fixed. Make sure the previous owner or the builder has any damage repaired before you purchase or move into the home. East Side Ventilation recommends that you switch all systems on and off on alternate days so you can tell a difference in temperature.

Rodent Free and Bug Free

Look and see if there’s any evidence that rodents or insects have turned your home into their home. Look at areas that are visible on the floor, but also open up the cabinets, open up the drawers, and look inside the closets.

A proper inspection prior to moving into a home can make the transition process a lot easier. Do not be afraid to ask questions, and do not be afraid to do a thorough investigation. Remember, the house you are purchasing and moving into will be your home for some time to come. So make sure you are getting what you want.



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