Household Issues

Finding your dream house can be one of the most exciting times in anyone’s life. While it is reasonable to want to move in almost immediately, sometimes anew home needs some work before it’s ready for residents. After one buys a house, it’s important to do a walk-through to identify household issues that require fixing. Here are some of the top issues you’ll need to fix before moving into your new home.

Pest Proofing Your Home

Before moving into your new home, it is essential to hire a professional pest control service provider. These pros have the necessary skills to rid your new home of any pests that may have been lingering from when the house was empty. The pest control process involves using potent pesticides and rodent killers around the house. Ensure you give the pesticides a few days to work. After the eradication of the pests, you can consider pest-proofing your home.

Fixing Any Creaking and Squeaking Sounds

Squeaky doors and creaking floors are common problems in older houses. Stop your doors from squeaking by applying lubricating oil along the hinges. Avoid using oils that have the potential to attract pests and be sure to apply them every few months or whenever you hear squeaks.

Creaking floors, on the other hand, are caused by shrinking wood around the floorboard nails. Locate the part that is creating the creaking sound and tighten the nails or replace the screws. This should solve the problem.

Noisy water pipes is another common household problem that should be fixed prior to moving in. This can be caused by high water pressure or water hammer, but by simply replacing the water pressure regulator, you can solve your water pressure issue. If you have a water hammer issue, draining the water pipes is the way to go.

Structural Household Issues

Occasionally, people miss household structural problems during a home inspection. These issues range from damaged piping systems, roof and floor damage, water damage, faulty wiring, and drywall damage among other household issues. It is highly advisable to fix any structural issues before moving in, as failure to do so can lead to more significant household issues after you have moved in.

Faulty Appliances

Appliances are household items that are used every day around the house. Inspect all household appliances including the washer, dryer, refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher and oven before moving in. These are items you will need to use immediately after moving in. Having faulty appliances in your new home can make the unpacking process very unpleasant and slow. If you need to replace these appliances, ensure you place the orders before moving into the house as it will simplify the installation process once you’ve moved in.

Foul Smells

If you notice a foul smell in your new home, it’s crucial to eradicate it immediately. Open all the windows in the house to let the bad odor out and let in fresh air. Have all the air ducts and carpets professionally cleaned. Also be sure to wash the walls and wipe all surfaces with white vinegar as it absorbs the smell. You may also need to clean the HVAC evaporator coil using water and detergent. This will prevent the odor from travelling through the air ducts later on.Find additional property tips on

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