Moving in to a new house or apartment can be an exhilarating experience. You might be doing it for a variety of reasons, including the shorter commute to work, larger living space, a better neighborhood or quite simply, a greater sense of independence (remember that time after college when you could not wait to start living on your own). However, if you do not plan in advance, the initial feeling of elation might be quickly replaced by one of dread or even panic, especially when you come to realize just how many home repair/maintenance tasks you need to plough through before you can finally move in. Right from painting the walls to installing new locks, getting a handle on your new home situation can be quite overwhelming. So we come to you with a quick checklist of things you must look into before taking the plunge – go through these simple steps to ensure a smooth transition.
Color it in
We all gravitate towards certain colors and textures more than the others. Whether you want to paint your bedroom a sunny yellow with little floral flourishes or give the drawing room a royal purple makeover, plan ahead. Painting all your walls before you move in has a definite upside – your furniture will not get in your way (no unwanted paint stains) and you can experiment with numerous colors and designs (as well as even change them up if you so desire). Test swatches are the way to go before you set about giving your new place a color overhaul. Seal cracks and holes, and clean/prep the surface before painting for an even finish.
The water works
Checking for moisture stains on your walls and ceiling is a good way of telling if there are any internal pipe leaks. Inspecting the main water supply valve is critical too – you should be able to quickly close off the entire water supply in case there is a sudden leak to prevent water spillage. Determine whether the water sump needs any repairs; take a look at water sources like wells, bore wells, and general public water supply to ascertain that the water quality is good. It is advisable to install water filters and purifiers wherever necessary.
Did you spot an ant colony that seems to be rapidly growing in size (and possibly, occupancy) in your mini garden? Are you afraid your balcony might soon be taken over by a swarm of bees that are building a hive there? Did you just catch your to-be neighbor throw out a rat caught in a trap? Pests can be a real nuisance but getting rid of them before there is a full-blown infestation can save you money and spare you the worry. Call in the professional exterminators for better pest control and long term management – this is also helpful if you do not really want to go around scouting out the breeding grounds of these pests and administering pesticides yourself.
Electrical fixtures suffer wear and tear over time – if you’ve just bought a house that has been around for some time, it is a good idea to check all electrical switches, fuses and lights. It is also a good time to get any of your existing electrical appliances like oven, refrigerator, etc. serviced. Dirty, loose plug point cover plates, rusted air vent plates, etc. are not only unsightly, they are also an electrical hazard. Replace old AC filters, smoke detectors, and circuit boxes to stay safe and well-prepared in case of an electrical failure. You may also want to consider installing a new security system.
All wooded up
Wood work or carpentry can take up a major portion of your time prior to moving in so it pays to start on it a few months in advance. Replace any locks, doorknobs, doorjambs, doorbells, window and door frames that might be developing cracks, etc. Get started on designing and putting in place a new closet space, including new drawers, shelves, hanging rods, etc. If your kitchen has wooden panels or counters, get them polished and cleaned. The same goes for any wooden flooring – be extra careful to safeguard against termites and wood-decay fungus.
A house that has been renovated multiple times in the past or was not occupied for a long time needs deep cleaning, including sanitizing of the carpets, sub-floor, window and door frames, bathroom tiles, existing cupboards and closets, etc. Mild dew, dust and grime can not only be hideous-looking, they can also be a health hazard, especially if they spread to more areas in the house. A trained professional can get the job done in a matter of a few days.
Moving in is as easy as cake – you can get all the help you need right here at Housejoy. All you have to do is to book a session with our service professional today!