Before Moving Anything Into Your New Home – Think!
Before moving any of your belongings into your new home, its important to make sure that everything is as it should be. I know time and money are pushing you to just get the job done, and move everything in – QUICK!
Think about this for a second. This will be one of the rare moments when your home is empty and repairs can be done without damage to furniture or flooring. You may have had a list of repairs you expect to do some day, but this is the “some day” that is rare to find…When your home is empty.
Take some time to go around with a notepad and check all of the sockets for obvious signs of wear and tear and look for damage that you might not have noticed before.
Ensure that any cupboards are empty, free of damp, mold or bad smells, and keep a close note of what where the electricity, water and gas stopcocks are. While doing this, you’ll also be getting a feel for where you can place any furniture, how to get it up any stairs or even just into the house.
Note down any damage or concerns you have to be discussed with whomever you’re dealing with – its important to have these notes before moving anything in so that you can get the problems remedied as soon as possible.
If you’re renting from a landlord, he’ll give you a list of any fittings, fixtures and furniture he’s leaving – its very common nowadays for landlords to leave ‘white goods’ – kitchen appliances, such as the fridge, freezer, washing machine and cooker.
If you’re renting, your landlord should also give you contact details, emergency repair numbers and any paperwork pertaining to these emergency repairs that you may need. You may also want to get bank details or arrange a good time to come and collect rent. Any final paperwork can be signed now, and then you can start making your new place your own.
You should also ensure that the central heating and air conditioning are working correctly and collect any manuals for these from the previous occupant – these manuals will save you a lot of frustration in the long run.
If there is any repair to be done on duct work in the attic, this is the time to get that done. Electrical repairs are also best when a home is empty.
The absolute one thing in my list is flooring that HAS to be looked at before moving in. I know that most of the time people put off these repairs because money or time is an issue. I want you to put more attention to your flooring other than electrical or plumbing repairs.
There is no better time than when your home is empty for flooring repairs. Get a small loan, or borrow from family, but get this done now.
You may feel this article is on the “get to it”later list but think about this. If you set up appointments with repair men early enough, they all can get into your home and make repairs at the same time.
You are going to clean and dust when moving in, why not get those repairs that create the most dust done first?
Waiting until later, with a home full of furniture, creates opportunity for damage to your heirlooms. Not to mention that you will have to dust everything in your home after repairs are done. That is a huge waste of time that could have been avoided.
I hope this little tip will help you when you are planning your move into your new home. It is a huge undertaking, and rare moments of having an empty home should not be taken lightly.
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