Millions of Americans are looking to get their first homes this year. But because of increasing prices, thousands of these future homeowners opted to get their homes built instead.
Homebuilding is a satisfying and rewarding experience, especially once you’ve reached the end. Your home might be waiting for you to move in right now. However, there are some hidden dangers that you might have missed from your excitement. So don’t move into your newly built house just yet without taking these precautions. Here are some essential things you need to do before moving into your new home.
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Communicate with Your Contractor
The very first thing you should do is to communicate with your contractor. You should communicate with them ahead of time and ask them for details about your newly built home. They can brief you about the usual problems of a new home and what you can do about it. They can also tell you of perceived delays regarding the building of your home.
Healthy communication with your contractor can help you avoid problems with your move. Moreover, it can help you save a ton of money during the building because you can instantly remedy them by knowing the problems of building your home. However, it doesn’t mean that you should move indirectly once your contractor has given you the signal. It only means that the house is ready for habitation, but they haven’t considered problems that they might have missed during construction.
Hire an Inspector
Another thing you need to do is to hire a home inspector to check your newly built home. Again, you might think that this is an unnecessary precaution, but most problems of a newly built home show up the moment after it’s done building.
Home inspectors can check the overall structural integrity of your newly built home. They can also have a good look into areas you can expand into the future and give you suggestions on how you can maintain your newly built home. They can also spot problem areas that your contractor might have missed.
Not all homes are built the same. Each is unique in its own right, and sometimes this uniqueness doesn’t show itself clearly to the untrained eye. Furthermore, some of this uniqueness might be the cause of your problems in the future. So hire an inspector to check for these things in your home before you fully settle in.
Schedule a Cleanup
After the inspector has done his job, it’s time for you to do some cleaning in your new home. Newly built homes usually have residue of dirt around them. In addition, dust might have accumulated in some rooms, especially those built first during the building process.
If you don’t have the time to do the cleaning yourself, you can ask or hire someone else to do the job for you. One of the most overlooked areas of a home when it comes to cleaning is the vents and air ducts, so make sure that you hire an air duct and dryer vent cleaning service. You wouldn’t want dust and dirt from the building process to enter your home the moment you turn off the HVAC system for the first time. Furthermore, this particular service may spot problems with your ducts and report them to you after they are done.
Getting your newly built home cleaned is essential if you want to move in much more smoothly and without any problems. It’s also the easiest time to clean your home because pieces of furniture and other things haven’t been placed yet, so the open space makes cleaning a lot faster.
Get Rid of Pests
Did you know that your home is most vulnerable to pests during its construction period? Many new homes obtain their rodents and insects during this period, and because their owners are left unaware, they eventually turn into full-on infestations years into the future.
Save yourself the problem of pests by hiring an exterminator before you move into your newly built home. They will find and get rid of any rodents or insects that might be made your place its home during its construction. They will also ensure that these pests will never come back into your home ever again.
Exterminators will also give you tips and suggestions as to how you can protect your home from pests. You must implement these things before you fully settle into your home.
These extra precautions cost extra money, so make sure you have an extra budget right after your construction. But trust us, by doing these things you can save a lot more money in the future. Furthermore, once you have done these things, you are more or less ready to settle into your newly built home.Tags: Moving