Moving house can be a stressful time. Try following these top tips to help take the pressure off your next move
We know! You arrive into your new home and unpack your boxes only to discover that the dishwasher doesn’t work or you can’t properly regulate the room temperature. And it’s the weekend! Here are some things to think about when moving into a new house and a range of household tips provided by Vijay Kavasseri from leading home maintenance company Mplus+, which can help prevent problems from occurring in the first place.
Develop a home maintenance checklist, and run through it for the first time
Create a home maintenance checklist. This list should include regular home maintenance tasks that you’d want to do on a monthly, quarterly, or annual basis. Then, make it a habit to run through the items on this list every so often. Doing so will extend the life of almost everything in your home, saving you buckets of money over time.
Install LED Or Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) Bulbs
LED and CFL bulbs can save you a lot of money on energy use over the long haul, plus they have much longer lives than normal incandescent bulbs, making them well worth the upfront investment. Consider installing some in various places — especially in areas where the lights may be in use for long periods, like the living room or kitchen, or left on accidentally, like a back hallway or basement. CFL bulbs tend to be cheaper, but LED bulbs are usually preferable in terms of performance and have come down in cost quite a bit over the past few years.
Install Ceiling Fans In Most Rooms
Ceiling fans are a low-energy way to keep air moving in your home. Because of the air circulation effect, you can get away with keeping your thermostat a degree or two higher in summer and a degree or two lower in winter, netting rather large savings.
Locate Your Main Water Shutoff Valve
Gallons of water rushing out of a burst pipe can wreak havoc on your drywall, flooring and belongings. So you need to be able to cut off the flow of water into your home quickly in case of an emergency. Find your water shut off valve. Next, be sure you know how to close it. You may need to purchase a special tool, such as a crescent wrench or “curb stop key”, both to access and actually turn the valve.
Find Your Circuit Breaker Box
While you’re searching your closets, garage and front and back yards for your main water shut off valve, be on the lookout for your circuit breaker box. Once you’ve identified it, determine which fuses control the electricity in various areas of your house and label them accordingly.
Avoid Carelessly Drilling into Walls
Hanging shelves, closet systems, and artwork means drilling into your walls — but do you know what’s back there? Hidden inside your walls are plumbing pipes, ductwork, wires, and cables. So check carefully before drilling.
Check Your HVAC Filters: Who knows what dust and grime the construction crews have left behind? Clogged filters make heating systems run less efficiently, which wastes energy and costs you money. They can also trap harmful pollutants and allergens. Checking HVAC filters is easy. Just turn off your system, pull out your filters and inspect them for dirt and grime. If they’re dark and dirty looking, it’s time to get suitable replacements.
Follow these steps and you can be sure that you will love your new home!
by Vijay Kavasseri from leading home maintenance company Mplus+