GUEST POST - Things To Do Before Moving Into Your New Home
Before moving into your lovely new home, you should take a step back and fully check if the house is ready to move in. It is the best time for this task, as the house is almost empty, and you won’t have your kids running around. Below is the most critical task on your checklist:
No leaky cracks
Check every room to make sure there are no spots anywhere on ceilings or walls that could indicate leaky pipes. A plumber should be called if you have any doubt.
Make sure no faucets drip anywhere in the house. New washers in faucets found dripping can save money and hassle later on.
Check your attic insulation
If you have an unfinished attic, climb enough to see if you have insulation and the right amount. The insulation between the beams should be at least six inches thick. If you live in the northern part of the United States, it should be deeper. Another great new form of insulation is blown plastic foam, which insulates like a cocoon.
Install ceiling fans
Ceiling fans are a low energy way to keep air moving in the home. Because of the air circulation, the thermostat can be set higher in the summer and lower in the winter. The result is large savings in electricity and the fuel used for heating.
Wrap any exposed pipes with insulation
Exposed hot water pipes cause the water to lose heat as it travels from the water heater to the shower or faucet. Wrapping the pipe in insulation can save 2 to 4 degrees of the warm temperature. This helps especially in cold basements or garages and even allows the hot water to reach the faucets faster. Use good quality insulation into and out of the water heater first, as these are the most critical areas for keeping the water warm as it exits and the water from being so cold when it enters into the heater.
Install a programmable thermostat
A programmable thermostat allows scheduling of decreases and increases in the home's temperature if you have a routine schedule. This saves money on cooling in the summer and heating in the winter. Program the thermostat to drop a few degrees at night while sleeping, and again during work and school hours during the day. Set it to return to your preferred temperature when the kids get home from school, and right before everyone gets up in the morning.
Mark cracks in the basement with dated masking tape
Sometimes, homes have a few small cracks in the basement walls from the settling of the foundation over time and from the weight of the house. Many homes are stable and have no foundation problems; the cracks won't expand in a permanent home
If the cracks are developing, you should find a solution to your problem now. The masking tape is the way to tell if they're growing. Use masking tape at the ends of cracks on both the inside and outside walls, then check in a few months for expansion. If the crack extends past your original taping, call a foundation specialist.
Check toilets for leaks and under sink plumbing.
Do a survey of plumbing before you move in and over the next few weeks because leaking toilets are spotted over time when you hear water constantly refilling the tank. Peek and keep a close vigilance under the basin of all sinks in the home for puddling water, or else you'll need quite a big water pump when it comes to home flooding. Make sure everything is in good repair because molding and rot can cost a fortune to tear out flooring and walls. Home insurance rates go up if repairs have to be done due to neglect.
Make sure everything is in good repair because molding and rot can cost a fortune to tear out flooring and walls. Home insurance rates go up if repairs have to be done due to neglect.
Choose energy efficient appliances
Unless you're lucky enough to buy a furnished home, you will probably need to buy some of your appliances. Focus on reliable, energy efficient appliances above any other considerations. For example, a refrigerator that uses little energy and lasts 20 years is cheaper than a fridge that runs only for seven years and uses a lot of electricity.
Air-seal your home
Check for leaking air into or out of your home. Not such a problem in new houses, leaking air in older homes around door and window frames, at electrical outlets, where plumbing goes into the house, and where cables and electricity are routed into the house – all have places that need to be caulked or weather stripping applied. Keep your heat and air conditioning contained for long term savings.
Develop a maintenance checklist
The list should include regular home maintenance tasks monthly. Doing so will extend the life of your home and everything in it as well as save lots of money over time.
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