What to Check When You Move Into a New Home
The boxes are piled up in their corresponding rooms and pizza has been ordered since you can't find the silverware, plates or have the energy to cook a meal. You have a list of to do's to get your new home in order and you are excited to start this new chapter in your life. Even if you had an inspection prior to closing, you can't fully rely on that list to make sure your home is safe, energy efficient and not a potential for hazards. While you worry about the unpacking, make sure to add these steps to your list of "Must Do's."
- Check all toilets, sinks and water connections for current and potential leaks. Run your hands along all exposed plumbing to check for condensation and slow drips. Don't forget your faucets, water heater, garbage disposal, refrigerator, dishwasher and washing machine. Do this prior to filling up cabinets under sinks
- Change your HVAC Air Filter immediately. Pet dander, dust, pollen and a variety of other contaminants can be clogging your filter lowering the efficiency of the system and costing you money. Better yet, schedule a preventative maintenance visit. While an inspection can look for general problems, a professional HVAC technician will be able to clean, diagnose and repair your system potentially saving you tons of money.
- Check the temperature on your water heater. Some homeowners set the temperature way to high thinking they will have hot water longer. This can be a potential burn hazard and increases your utility bills. If your water heater is more than 8 years old, consider replacing it for a new tank style or even a high efficiency tankless water heater. You'll have endless hot water and lower utility costs.
- Install ceiling fans in each room. Not only will you feel more comfortable during the summer months, but you will be able to circulate the air and feel the breeze. This allows you to set your thermostat higher and save on costs. If you're planning on changing any light fixtures, consider adding ceiling fans to rooms that don't have one.
- Replace your locks or re-key them. In the middle of the hustle and bustle of moving the last thing you want to worry about are the entry doors. You may think you were given all the house keys at closing but do you know that for sure? Who had spare keys to your home prior to you moving in. Don't risk your belonging and safety - change the locks immediately.
- Check your attic. Is there enough insulation in the attic? Are there holes where rodents or other animals can enter? Before you start storing your holiday decorations in the attic, make sure you are fully insulated and that there is no place for unexpected visitors to invade your space. You will surely regret skipping this step when you have a family of squirrels living in your holiday boxes damaging your home and belongings.
- Hook up your alarm, check your smoke alarms and install carbon monoxide detectors. This is a must for the safety of your family. An early warning can save your life in the event of a fire, burglary or gas leak. Don't wait.
- Have a Whole Home Electrical Safety Inspection performed on your home. You may have had an inspection, but it is of great importance to call in the experts to check the mechanical and electrical systems in your home. They are trained to properly check for potential hazards, diagnose and repair any problems that may have gone unnoticed in your new home. Never give the previous owners the benefit of the doubt when it comes to home maintenance. Start fresh with proper inspections by the experts.
- Remember that burglars don't take breaks and look for easy scenarios. Install curtains, trim your hedges, make sure your exterior lighting is sufficient, don't leave your home open and visible while moving in, and break down electronic boxes prior to displaying them at the curb.
- Install a Programmable Thermostat. Set your program and forget it. It will only save you money and keep you comfortable. One less thing for you to worry about.
It's exciting and nerve wracking when moving into a new home. The stress of packing and unpacking, the clean up, potential remodeling, and organizing is enough to make many claim they will never move again. Make sure you don't add stress to your days with potential hazards and break downs by following these few easy steps. Contact Casteel Heating, Cooling, Plumbing and Electrical and have your whole home inspected to give you the peace of mind. Call 770-854-1078 or schedule online today!