Shopping for homes can be such a blur. One minute you’re in an open house and the next you’re organizing moving trucks and deciding where the couch will go in your new living room. With things happening so quickly, it’s important to remember these few things listed below. Being able to plan ahead can help you avoid a few homeowner headaches.
Tips For New Homeowners
We know your time is precious, so we took the liberty of combing the internet – adding in our life lessons too – so you have a better picture of what’s potentially waiting for you in your new home.
From mold and mildew to other hazardous debris in your new home, you may be on cleanup duty early. Sure smaller areas might not be too much trouble now, but the last thing you need is for a smaller problem to become a bigger one. Pick up some cleaning supplies and tackle grit and grime before unpacking everything.
Air Quality & Control
One of the first orders of business is to usually swap out any air filters in your vents.Sure, they might be new, but they might also be old. Either way, this is an affordable change to take care of quickly and ensure better air quality. Plus, clear filters keep your heating and cooling system from working overtime.
Another small problem you may want to address would be searching for any air leaks. Check doorways, windows and even electrical outlets for any drafts of air coming from outside. Most often than not, you can correct any issues with caulking or weather-stripping. Correcting this issue will keep too much air from escaping, which saves on energy bills each month.
Thinking about installing these in main areas of your home isn’t always something homeowners consider – but you should. Ceiling fans help circulate air in your home, keeping things warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
Smart thermostats are a staple in more and more homes today. They help you set desired temperatures, which is great for helping control energy costs each month.
Look At Those Pipes
While painting the living room is nice for creating a comfortable environment, you shouldn’t skip over what’s really important – like the plumbing. We mentioned before about the potential hazards of older condos using Kitec plumbing, but in general it’s good to make sure your system is free from leaks and problems.Make note of any moisture you see, and start planning with a professional about your options.
Our Experts Can Be Your Guide
While it may be exciting – and even a bit overwhelming – to settle into a new home, remember to breathe and take on one thing at a time. Even the things above can’t all betaken care of in a single weekend. Just be sure to make your own lists and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Give us a call at (416) 410-0909 for an inspection and we’d be happy to go over your options with you. We love helping new homeowners feel at home!