Moving to a new house can be a stressful process, and many believe that once they’ve moved in, it’s just a case of making a house a home! However, there are certain checks that need to be carried out to ensure that you won’t be needing to spend extra money on fixing things that should have been tended to previously.
So, with that being said, let’s take a look at the 5 major factors people often forget to check when moving to a new house.
- Grab the Right Removals Company for You!
Before you do anything, make sure you find a removals company you can rely on and one that won’t let you down on the day of your move! There are plenty removal companies that offer good services and of course, there are those that don’t. Check trusted removal review websites and have a chat with your selected company to ensure that the service they’re providing is both affordable and in a nearby location.
Choosing the right Removals Company can be the difference between having a stress-free moving day and a day where you’re picking up glass from your Mother’s broken mirror in the back of a removals van.
So, choose wisely!
- Check for Damp and Potential Moisture Stains
Damp is arguably one of the first things you’ll want to check when buying or moving into a new home. While damp can be easily identified, it has a nasty habit of hiding in areas that are either too hard to reach or are hidden due to recent redecoration.
Dealing with damp and moisture stains early on can be the difference between saving a fortune and spending a fortune. Not only can repairing damp, damaged walls become costly but if left untreated, it will eventually have a negative impact on your health. Asthma and irritable chest pains can be brought on by having damp in your property.
There are many causes for damp, one of the most common being an issue with your drainage system. So, it’s important to ensure that your drains are in tip top condition because if they aren’t, it might be worth calling a professional to assess the situation.
- Make Sure Adequate Cleaning Pest Control Inspection Has Been Carried Out
Additionally, deep cleaning the carpets (if your property has any carpeted areas) is incredibly important. Carpets are known for harbouring dust and bacteria, and you might not know how long it’s been since the carpet has been properly cleaned. Ensure you invest in a good cleaning service to eliminate any threat of pests or bacteria.
Additionally, what many people forget to check when purchasing or moving into a property is the condition of the garden. The most dangerous threat to your garden are pests that don’t make themselves immediately apparent. Wasps nests, spider nests, ant colonies, and rat nests are very easy to miss, and if they’re left untreated, they can start to cause some serious problems.
Investing in a respected and trustworthy pest Control Company could save you a small fortune and make your summer garden experience safer and more enjoyable.
- Replace the Batteries in Smoke Detectors
This is a check that goes criminally unnoticed for many new homeowners. Surprisingly, smoke alarms and carbon dioxide detectors are not always checked during a home inspection. Checking your smoke detectors work is essential for the safety of your home, so it’s strongly advised that you both test your smoke alarms and replace any systems that are faulty, ensuring all batteries are functioning well.
- Check Your Windows, Doors and Insulation!
Last but not least, check your property is draught-proofed! Windows are one of the most important parts of the house when it comes to insulation. So many houses and buildings are still stuck with single-glazed windows and while you may think it’s cheaper to stick with them, you’re actually losing money on your heating and insulation! If your windows are not sealed properly and they’ve been subjected to wear and tear over the years, the heat from your house will simply escape through the gaps in your windows and doors. Investing in some quality double-glazed sash windows is one of the better options because of their versatility and insulation benefits.
Make sure these two factors are addressed immediately. Having properly fitted windows and doors can save you hundreds on your heating bill, so it might be an idea to assess the insulation of your property!
Hopefully this checklist has given you some insight into what to look out for when moving into a new property! While some may set you back on the money side of things, they will definitely ensure peace of mind and undoubtedly save you money in the long run. Safety checks should be the first port of call when moving into a new home, so make sure your new property ticks all the right boxes mentioned above!
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