Wednesday, October 9, 2013

4 essential tasks when moving home

While the place is still a blank slate and you can reach every nook and cranny without any obstructions, clean away!

Moving from your current residence to the new one involves plenty of work and so many details. In all the hustle and bustle, you might overlook some very important basics. Whether you’re moving into a new rented place or you’re now a homeowner, here are four of the most crucial things you need to take care of... 

1. Perform a thorough cleaning from top to bottom

While the place is still a blank slate and you can reach every nook and cranny without any obstructions, clean away! Tackle all cupboards, closets, windows, walls, and any appliances left in place. Steam clean carpets and get all necessary waxing and polishing done.

2. Change the locks

Be safe and smart, and secure your new home; especially when you have no way of knowing how many keys to your house are floating about. If your front door has a particularly nice or expensive lockset, you can opt to have it rekeyed instead of replacing the entire thing. You don’t have to change all locks in the house, but the external ones are a must.

3. Check on plumbing and electrical systems 

Acquaint yourself with your house’s fuse box and water shut off valve. Know where to go in case you need to turn off the electricity or water in an emergency - storm and floods being quite common here. Also, labelingyour fuse box at this time is a smart idea. You will be able to identify which switch shuts off a particular power grid in your house. This does not only make things safer, it’s a big time saver as well. Check the kitchen and bathroom taps and drains for leaks and clogs.

Say, “Get ye gone!” to rats, roaches, mice, and bugs.

4. Get unwelcome 'residents' to move out

There’s nothing ickier than settling in to your new place and having to deal with unwanted housemates. Say, “Get ye gone!” to rats, roaches, mice, and bugs.

If you think you can handle the infestation yourself then get to it. If not, do not hesitate to call in the professionals.

Ridding your place of vermin immediately will be easier on your peace of mind and overall wellbeing and in the long run, your wallet. 


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