Things You Should Know Before Moving In
Choosing a new home is always exciting. At the same time, it’s hectic, requires a lot of time and effort, and it can be very stressful as there are many decisions to be made. You should prioritize, together with your realtor, what type of home you are looking for. In the end, regardless of the choice, EVERYONE should get their home inspected before moving in, by a professional or on your own.
Here is a basic list of items to inspect:
1. Check electrical. If we are talking about newer homes, this is something you shouldn't be much worried about. You should check light fixtures and change them if needed. Also, take a look at the electrical box. Change the position of light switches electrical outlets and add GFCI outlets near water sources.
2. Clean floor. This is recommended to be done by a professional. As much as everyone tries to keep their house clean, there is always more that can be done, especially after the previous homeowners leave.
3. Roof, gutter and chimney cleaning. This should be done twice a year, but especially before you move in. If there is moss or leaves that prevent water from coming out, it can back up against the house and damage your roof and siding.
4. Maintenance of HVAC systems. This is very important when buying older homes. You don’t want any trouble with this system in the dead heat of the summer or the middle of winter.
5. Water quality. You might skip this one expecting that drinking water will be clean enough. Purchase a kit to test your water for bacteria, lead, pesticides, nitrates, chlorine, hardness, and PH.
6. Emergency equipment. Make sure you have working carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers, water leak alarms, fire ladder, smoke detectors that are in good condition and have new batteries.
7. Pest control. It can be exhausting to get rid of any pests. Therefore, check it before you settle down at your new place.
We wish you many great memories in your new place!