Moving into a new home should be an exciting time for the family. But often the adventure can be spoiled when you quickly discover something about the home you might not have noticed before. Here, we’re going to look at why you should always have a professional carry out a home inspection before you move in, whether it’s a buy or a rental. We’ll also look at what you should do about problems you might have missed on the first pass.
What’s that smell?
When you’re first looking at a property, this is an issue that might not be as prevalent, perhaps because it’s being covered up. However, bad odors such as damp, lingering cigarette smoke from previous occupants, unclean garbage disposals can really ruin the first night in a new home. Find the source and deal with it as soon as possible. Improving airflow in the home and using deodorizers like Febreze Air Purifiers can help you sort the immediate unpleasantness, as well.
Your money might go out the window
It’s not something you’ll always be immediately able to feel in a home. However, if you discover there’s a draft in the home, it’s not just going to be uncomfortable. It’s going to cost you a lot of money. Air leaks in the windows, roof, doors, and HVAC cause household costs to soar. After all, it becomes harder to cool or heat the home. If you have a leak where you can reach it, sometimes a little caulk is enough to seal it right up and solve the problem. With the roof, however, consider services like Lyon Roofing repair and replacement.
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How useful are your utilities?
An air leak in the roof also poses the problem of water leaking into the home. However, if it’s water damage you’re worried about, look at your pipes first and foremost. It’s a good idea to carefully test plumbing, electricity, HVAC and the like before you move in. At the same time, you should immediately start looking for emergency contacts in the area like RestorationEze water damage services in case the worst comes to pass. A pass-by test isn’t always enough to diagnose any potential problems. Similarly, look at electricians and HVAC repair teams in your new area.
Say shoo to uninvited guests
Household pests can be very hard to spot, at the beginning. Some leave very few marks; others leave them in only certain areas. But if you live with them, you’ll soon discover evidence they’ve been there. If you don’t know what pests to look for, PestWorld’s pest guide can help you not only see which are common in your area. It can help you look out for individual signs they’re in your home and help you find the services that can rid the home of them.
Hopefully, none of the issues above are going to be present in your new home. However, failing to be prepared is not the right way to deal with the risk. Know what you’re looking for and know who can help you tackle the issue.