Things to do When You Move into Your House
Moving into a new house is exciting and fun. However, before you completely move in and start eating or sleeping there, some additional checks and repairs must be made.
Here are the 5 things to do when you move into your house:
1. Increase Security
When moving into a new home, security must be increased. You don’t have a way of knowing how the previous owners treated the house. Some people, as their relatives or friends may have the front door keys or know security alarm passwords.
This means that you should change all the locks and alarm systems while also determining the best emergency exit and reinstall new and modern smoke detectors. You should also consult with experts and contractors to check if your house has any fire-hazards such as poorly made or installed sump-pumps.
2. Window & Door Replacement
Another way of increasing security while also lowering the electrical bills is window and door replacement. It is very common for older homes to have less quality windows such as those with single-paned glass and wooden frames.
The material from which your windows and doors are made determines the amount of safety and comfort you’ll have in the new house. High weather and impact resistant materials are vinyl and fiberglass. Be sure that burglars will have a much harder time entering the house if you have a tripled pane, high resistant glass on a window made out of vinyl.
3. Basement Waterproofing
Basement waterproofing is a method of preventing excess water to cause damage to your house and basement. It can be done either externally or internally.
The two types of basement waterproofing have lots of differences including price and amount of hand-work; but both of them have one common thing – they protect the foundation walls and prevent water leaks, floods, electrical cable damage, mold, high electricity bills and maintenance fees.
If the house already has a waterproofed basement then homebuyers must consult with an expert to check if the system works properly and if some parts need to be replaced.
4. Duct Cleaning
Air ducts are the lead air distributors in homes. This makes them one of the most dangerous hazards for homebuyers. Why? It is because improperly clean ducts can lead to asthma attacks, allergies, fungal infections and respiratory issues. With time dirt, dust and other debris can build up in the ducts and cause clogs, mold and pesticide.
When the duct is contaminated with dirt and pesticide, the air that travels through it gets contaminated as well. That same air later enters your lungs and impacts your whole mind and body. To ensure that the air you breathe is as fresh as your new home, schedule a duct cleaning. They don’t cost much, but they can prevent a lot of damage.
5. Focus on Details
Getting to know the details of your home can prove to be beneficial. Finding possible problems early on can prevent some more complicated repairs later on. Inspecting your home inside and out can even be made into a fun, family activity. Nonetheless, it is obligatory and must be done.
This includes attic and crawlspace inspections; locating the main shut-off valve and electrical generators; searching for mold, leaks and bugs, camera sewer inspections, locating floor damage and broken or rotten windows, finding out if your house has humidity issues, inspecting the garden for unwanted pesticides or roots and anything else you can think of, really.
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