El Paso Moving Blog - Tips, Tricks, and Insider Info
February 15, 2020

Don't Unpack Anything! First, Make These Ten New Home Fixes

Moving to a new homeBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Congrats! You have the paperwork and also the keys; the lights and utilities are on and the moving company in El Paso shall be there briefly to move your items in your new abode. You've got a thousand boxes (or so it seems), luggage, crates, pieces of furniture, electronics, household pets, and plants to achieve the ideal spots making this new house feel like home.

But before you carry anything out of the moving van, unpack a box or hang a picture, are you positive in regards to the safety, security, and cleanliness of your new abode? Did you scrutinize and verify everything prior to saying, "I love it! I'll get it!" Did you assume since the abode is totally new and you are the primary tenant, everything was good with no second look? Looking into your new house ahead of when the professional movers in El Paso show up and while it will be vacant to fix challenges at this point, is less complicated and less costly than trying to fix problems afterwards, which can include moving household furniture or repairing damaged property.

The following are 10 remedies prior to when the moving van pulls in:

Open wide, now shut - if you're able to

Windows that don't open or close correctly, missing locks, busted sashes, are more than just a nuisance; they are a safety risk. In a fire, your main departure spot might be the closest window, and if you are unable to use it (or first responders cannot get to you), you have a life and death situation. Malfunctioning windows can also be an invitation to intruders to come inside and take what's not theirs. Windows which do not shut totally permit heated air to leave in winter and cold air during the warm months, costing you additional money on your electric or gas charges and letting flying bugs in the house.

Missing, broken doors and locking mechanisms

Doors locks which do not work are an "Enter here, steal everything you want" invite to crooks. Entrance doors that happen to be inadequately fitted, warped or leave excessive room in between the door and the frame also permit cold or heated air to escape, upping your electric or gas costs.

Unclean air ducts

Air ducts need maintaining before a move in, especially for allergy sufferers. Replace all the furnace filters. Grime, allergens, pet dander, hair, spider webs, and bugs accumulate in these ducts, and expert maintaining will be worth the expense of clean air and being allergen-free.

Bug concerns (inside and outside)

The majority of pest problems commence outside and move in the house, courtesy of openings in the house (cement crevices, defective windows or doors, roofing leaks) however some, such as German roaches, multiply in appliances, luggage, and home furniture and survive store-bought treatment. The work of a reputable bug elimination company will not only get rid of the situation, but frequent treatment can prevent unwanted pests from coming back.

That peculiar smoky smell; it's all over the place!

Cigarette smoke is pervasive and stubborn, particularly when it comes to cloth in the house, such as the carpeting and draperies. Open up all windows to air out the house as much as possible. Employ an expert cleanup company to thoroughly clean carpeting and drapes and clean all wall surfaces with white vinegar to neutralize the odor.

Home appliance troubles

From stove coils that stay cold to washers which do not start up, major appliance troubles really are a frustration. It requires money and time to replace these things and arrange shipping and set up; check all the home appliances before you move in, so you know in advance what you should repair and what to replace.

Structural integrity

Uneven floor surfaces, water-damaged walls, cracked cement, lacking roofing shingles, and additional building issues are sometimes the signs of bigger and more pricey matters. Know prior to spending your initial night what requires fixes at this point, or you might face more costly repairs down the road.

Significant cosmetic issues

If you despise the paint color in a space, have to refinish flooring surfaces or repair walls, paint, stain, and repair before the moving company arrives with your things, preferably, so you are not moving furniture or living with covered furnishings or chemical vapors along the way.

Drainage challenges

Look at rain gutters and downspouts; clean them before you move in, during good weather, so you are not stuck on a ladder within a weather event, scraping leaves and branches out.

Wiring and plumbing problems

Be mindful of overflowing toilets or slow-draining sinks or tubs; these may be a sign of pipes in need of cleaning or replacing. Water pooling for lengthy durations in the yard might point to a broken or seeping pipe below the ground. Check every electrical socket and each light switch for correct operation. Check out all wiring for indications of fraying and swap burned-out lightbulbs with efficient CFL or LED types.

Being a professional moving company in El Paso, we've seen houses in all sorts of conditions, and we understand that there are some issues, like the kinds mentioned here, that happen to be much easier to handle in advance of moving into your new home.


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