6 Household Issues To Fix Prior To Moving Into A New Home

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After locating a new home and starting the packing process, you are almost ready to move. However, before loading the truck on the big day, first think about the place you are moving into. Irrespective of it being a new or an old home, the chances are good that it will pose a few issues and quirks that must be addressed first. Most issues will be revealed with a home inspection, like Onpoint Home Inspections, before the closing. After having a look at these problems, you might wonder which ones must get priority in fixing. Some issues like broken light fixtures and damaged window treatments for instance, can only be taken care of after moving in. There are a few other issues that must be remedied prior to moving in.

Pest Issues

The last thing you will want to face is a pest infestation after you’ve spent weeks packing and moving. To prevent this, it is worth hiring a pest control expert to assess the home before moving in. It there is an existing issue, it must be treated immediately. Treating the home might entail spraying toxic chemicals or fumigating the house with some type of gas. If spraying or fumigation is necessitated, you won’t be able to move in right away, but rather several days later. 

Drafty Windows

It is a good idea to replace any drafty windows before moving in, especially during winter. Arrange to have all new windows installed well in advance before the big move, since removing old windows and putting new ones in can be a time-consuming process.

Cigarette Smoke Odor

We recommend eliminating a lingering cigarette smell as much as possible prior to hiring central PA movers and moving in. Otherwise your belongings and yourself, might end up smelling like tobacco smoke. The smell can influence the indoor air quality, plus it can be quite pungent. To eradicate cigarette smoke smell from the home, ensure all windows are opened and the house aired out. Have all the ducts and carpets cleaned professionally and wash all surfaces and wall with white vinegar. It’s useful to have the HVAC’s evaporator coil cleaned with water and detergent to avoid cigarette fumes from moving through the air ducts. 

Malfunctioning Appliances

Appliances such as a new refrigerator, dryer, freezer, dishwasher and washer are all things that are used regularly. Running into issues with such appliances will only make unpacking and settling into the new home problematic. Make sure all appliances are tested to see if they work. If not, make arrangements to have it fixed as soon as possible. 

Structural Issues

Its highly likely that any structural issues would have been detected in the home inspection. These issues should be a priority to fix before moving into the new home. Otherwise, you could end up moving into a new house which is not safe. Structural issues can include roof damage, drywall damage, faulty wiring, water damage or sloping floor, among others. If left unaddressed, all of these problems can result in even larger issues along the road. To make sure the house is habitable and safe for years going forward, we recommend repairing any structural issues before you move in. 

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