Everything I'd Recommend You Check as a New Homeowner

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When you become a new homeowner, the hard work is just beginning. Sure, it’s great to finally secure yourself a home, and move in. But there are plenty of things you’re going to need to check out once you’ve done this. It’s not as easy as just moving in and you’re good to go. Trust me on this; you need to make sure you check the property out thoroughly.
There may well be work that needs to be done before you can get the most out of your home. And there could be important things that need to be addressed right away. Of course, a lot of this you will have checked prior to buying or moving. But it can’t hurt to have another look and make sure you’re thorough. Here are some of the key things I recommend you check when you move to your new place.
Plumbing
The plumbing is one of the most important areas of the home. You rely on this to get running water and to be able to make proper use of the bathroom. As such, you need to make sure the plumbing is working at all times. If I even notice the slightest problem with my plumbing, I get on the phone right away. This is something that I require for daily living, so it needs to be sorted out. I would certainly not recommend attempting to do it yourself. Make sure you get the experts involved as soon as you can.
Electrics
The other key area of the home that you’ll need to make sure is always perfect is the electrics. These are two areas you absolutely need to ensure are working all the time. So I would say you as soon as you experience any lighting or wiring problems get in touch with an electrician. You need to make sure you nip this in the bud as soon as you can so it doesn’t become a huge problem. And I have to stress that trying to fix this yourself without expert help can be very dangerous. So don’t try it, just leave it to the experts to sort out.
Damp
As a homeowner, your biggest fear should be damp. This can cause so much damage to the property, and will result in thousands of dollars in repairs. So you need to make sure you check out the damp situation ahead of time. First off, I would make sure this is investigated prior to moving, or even buying. It might be a big problem that needs work to sort out. I’d also check it again once you’re all moved in. Get someone out with the right equipment, and make sure they check each room thoroughly. This way, once you identify any potential mould or damp, it can be eliminated swiftly.
Infrastructure
You might also want to take the time to have a look at the infrastructure of your new home. One of the biggest problems I had with my old place was the trees sucking moisture from my foundations. This caused the whole property to drop slightly over the years due to the erosion of the foundations. Now, this is something that can end up being a big problem if it’s not sorted out. So I would make sure this is one of the first things you check out.
Planning Permission
Now, as a new homeowner, you might have extensions and renovations on the mind. I know that not long after moving into my place I wanted to extend. It’s important to look for ways to make the home more comfortable, and add value. But, there might be red tape that needs to be cut through. Sometimes you’re going to need to get planning permission in order to make changes to the property. So try to find out whether you need planning permission before you begin.
Neighbourhood
As a mum, it’s very important to me that I have a nice area for my kids to grow up in. That’s why I’d suggest checking out the neighbourhood when you get there. Sure, you’ll have visited beforehand, and this will give you an idea of what the place is like. But it’s important to check it out once you’ve moved as well. This time, you can go a bit more in-depth. Try to meet the local neighbours, and familiarise yourself with the location of the schools, police station, and doctors, etc.
Security System
Another important thing you’re going to need to investigate is your home security system. It’s essential that your home is safe and secure. So you have to be happy with the security system you have in place. Check the locks and the intruder alarm, and see how well they work. You may want to consider upgrading or replacing them. I’d also look into the possibility of getting a CCTV security system, and some security lights. Whatever you need to get to make you feel comfortable is what’s important.
Garden
The garden is one of the great untapped resources of any home. It’s an area that can really be turned into something magnificent. But so many people neglect their gardens, and this is a real shame. I would recommend you thoroughly investigate your garden as soon as you move. Get a feel for the size and shape, maybe even do some measurements. Then you can start coming up with ideas for things you might like to do in the garden. There are additions and changes you can make, but you’ll need to have an idea of the layout and design first.
As you can see, there is quite a lot to take on board when you move to your new home. No one said it was going to be easy, but these are all essential things. You have to make sure you check them out as soon as you can. If you can get these things sorted right away it will make home life much easier. There will be fewer problems cropping up, and the transition will be much smoother for the whole family.

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