5 Simple Home Repairs to do Before Move-In Day

Posted on 20 July, 2016 in Moving Home

We understand; moving house is an exciting, thrilling and - above all - stressful business, so we won't blame you if a few household chores end up falling by the wayside. To get you all set for your new home, we've compiled a handy checklist detailing the 5 simple home repairs you need to do before move-in day. All the rest can wait until you are settled in!

Change all the Locks

Assessing the safety of the home should be a regular part of home maintenance. The previous tenants and/or the real estate company may have extra sets of keys to the existing locks. Replace all of the locks with new hardware and make additional copies of the keys for you and your family. That way the idea that someone else has keys to your new home will not keep you up at night.

Make an Air Tight Seal

A well sealed home saves lots of money over time and the low cost of a tube of caulking pays of exponentially further down the road. Sealing windows is one of the easiest home repairs to perform, and keeps the warm air in and the cold air out, or vice versa depending on the season. What's more, air and water leaks stack up on your electricity bill and diminish the value of your home. Achieving an air tight seal around windows and doors is a quick home maintenance task that pays off big time in the long run.

Dress up the Exterior

A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for the look and feel of your home while increasing the curb appeal in case you decide to sell at some point in the future. This is a routine home maintenance habit to get into, and can help you to open that symbolic new chapter in your life. Pick colours that are in harmony with the neighbourhood and the look of the other homes in the area. Softer earth tones are typically better for an exterior look than, say, bright primary colours. Think dark green, tan, brown and grey rather than pink, yellow and purple.

Repair any Dangerous Walkways or Surfaces

Uneven footing on walkways and flaws in the driveway present both danger and unnecessary expenditures. While tripping hazards create a treacherous environment, especially at night, potholes in the driveway can also take their toll on the suspension and alignment of your vehicle.

Large flaws in the driveway and walkway begin as tiny cracks that widen over time, so it is important to nip these little flaws in the bud. Repairing surfaces with self-levelling sealant or concrete at the first sign of cracking is one of the simple home repairs you can do to increase the value and quality of your new abode. Be sure to prep the cracks first by cleaning out all the debris and even widening them with a chisel so that they can accept a sufficient amount of repair material.

Clean that Guttering

Rain gutters accumulate debris such as leaves and twigs that fall from trees and get carried to your roof by wind. As a regular home maintenance habit, every spring and summer you should grab a ladder, some gloves and a trowel and clear out the gutters to keep water flowing normally. Keep an eye on the downspouts too. Clogged downspouts can lead to water backup which can damage the fascia and the roof and even cause water to flood your basement.

Before your moving company delivers your furniture, take steps to make sure that your home is safe, beautiful, airtight and rain-proof by following this handy checklist. Need more information regarding our services on moving day? Don't hesitate to get in touch.

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