If you are reading this, chances are that you have moved to a new home. First things first, congratulations! You have finally found a place you love, and you would like to make sure it’s in the best condition possible.
Before moving in, there are things you might need to do, and this article highlights some of them.
Familiarize Yourself With the Breaker Box
Well, this is probably the least fun thing to do on the list but getting acquainted with the new home shut-off valves and breaker box is necessary. Why is this so?
You do not want to get stranded when an emergency situation strikes. You might find yourself in a flooded house or an unlit one sometime from now, and that’s why knowing where these lifesavers are located is a smart idea.
Before moving in, check whether there are any plumbing leaks. You will only have to dedicate about two hours of your time to go through the new home. If you find any problems with the plumbing, you might need to call a professional plumber to fix it.
Clean and Repaint
If repainting is needed, doing the painting with your family members or hiring someone to do it is a great idea.
Although you will still have to do regular cleaning and maintenance after moving in, doing a deep clean before moving your stuff in will make things easier for you. This includes cleaning the cabinets, carpet, wall, closet, and so forth.
Painting should be done before moving in as well to avoid instances of having to relocate large pieces such as furniture. This also allows you enough space for effective painting, and the paint will have enough time to dry. Do not forget to repaint the ceilings.
Change the Locks and Enhance Security
Most people do not think this is necessary, but it actually is. Hire a locksmith and have the locks changed as soon as possible. For optimum security, buy high-quality locks that are hard or entirely impossible to break.
As you change the locks, you should also consider adding more security to your new home. This could be installing an alarm system, or burglar-proof doors and windows. You can also install smart locks on specific doors which allows you to control the locks remotely via a single remote.
Acquire a Home Warranty
If your seller did not give you a home warranty after the purchase, you can still buy one from home warranty agents. There are numerous real estate companies offering home warranty plans out there.
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A warranty saves you some otherwise would-be out-of-pocket expenses for maintenance and repair of home systems and appliances. The home warranty plan will cover the repair and maintenance of your electrical, air conditioning, plumbing, and heating systems. The warranty plan will also cover other residential appliance repairs such as dishwasher maintenance.
If there were flaws noted during the inspection, purchasing a home warranty is the best way to save on repairs. After effecting the repairs and maintenance, all you will have to do is send the receipts to your home warranty company.
It’s therefore important to note down all problems discovered during the home inspection if you want these covered by your warranty plan.
Inspecting the Foundation
More often than not, a home’s foundation will wear out due to factors such as soil erosion and rains. If there are cracks in the foundation, you would want them fixed to avoid future problems that would be more costly to repair. The earth around your home should be sloping away from the house by about seven inches over twelve feet.
It’s also important to check for other obvious damages and have them fixed soonest possible. Chances are that a professional had already checked the foundation during home inspection, but you should still check it out yourself.
Although it’s not common, there might be details that the inspection professional missed. Go out there and do a thorough inspection yourself.
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Owning a home of your own or moving into a new one is a really exciting moment. However, to make sure that your new home is in the best condition, it is important to have it properly inspected, and all necessary repairs and maintenances are done.
The list above may not be exhaustive, but it’s a great starting point. All the best!
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