Ensuring Your New Home Is Safe And Healthy
So, you’ve landed at your new home and you undoubtedly feel like celebrating. However, it might be wise to hold off. After you’ve gotten those keys, it’s time to perform a few checks. Some of these should be done as soon as you arrive, but otherwise, you should carry out these checks over the week after you move in.
Make sure all your stuff is fine
First thing’s first, make sure you look over all your boxes and the stuff that you’ve moved into the home with you. If you kept a moving inventory, then double-check it to make sure everything’s alright. Even if you’re not unpacking immediately, check the boxes to make sure that the things inside are safe, especially on boxes that have been marked as “fragile.”
Have the pros check your utilities
What’s modern living without the utilities we’ve all come to depend on so much? Connecting your internet as soon as you can will save you a lot of hassle down the line. However, for now, it’s most important to have a local electrician check your electrics and to have a technician look at your HVAC, especially your heating. You want to identify any issues as soon as possible, as they can grow more serious and thus more costly when not immediately dealt with.
Watch out for water
When it comes to damage, there’s one risk above all else that cannot be left to linger. Check all of the faucets and pipes that you can after turning the water on to see if they are leaking. Identify the water shutoff valve and, if necessary, stop the supply to the home. If there is an issue, have a local plumber take a look over the home’s pipe system, as it may need a replacement. Don’t forget to check the roof for leaks, as well, especially before stormy, rainy seasons such as summer and winter.
Make sure there are no air leaks
Air leaks are little breaches in the boundaries of the home, and they can lead to massive heating bills due to all the warmth that can escape them. To find them, check the windows and doors leading outside and either run your finger along them or hold a piece of paper up to the seams. If you can feel or see air movement, then you might want to consider caulking the gap or replacing the door or window causing it.
Secure the home
You should always take the opportunity to have your locks redone and to have new keys cut for the home. The past tenant or owner may promise they have handed over all the keys, but you can never be certain until you’ve changed the locks to ensure there are no loose copies going around elsewhere. Besides that, you should consider whether your home needs any additional security features to invest in. Look at the prices of CCTV, alarm systems, and safes and decide whether or not it’s worth purchasing them for the new home.
Make sure you don’t have any uninvited guests
You never know who you might be sharing your home with. Go through every room of the home and go through the garden to look for signs of pests. The most noticeable ones are dander and unexplained hair, wood damage, droppings, and urine. If you catch any of those, get in touch with a pest control team. The sooner they can identify and eliminate the problem, the sooner you can be confident that you’re living in a safe and healthy home.
Get child proofing
If you have a baby or a toddler, then this is likely on your mind, but it doesn’t hurt to have a reminder that you should start childproofing (or babyproofing) your home as soon as possible. Identifying household hazards, be they stairs, fireplaces, cupboard doors, and finding means to mitigate them as soon as possible is important. Make a list of childproofing goods you might need to buy, including stair gates, fire guards, and cupboard locks, and secure the home.
Hopefully, the tips above show that a new home still has a lot of work to be put into it, even before you start looking at the list of DIY jobs that you have to take care of. Before you start building any sheds or fixing any walls, make sure that you take care of the essentials, first and foremost. Look to the things that affect the safety and health of your family, including the security, risks of pests, leaks, and so on.