Are you getting ready to close on a new house? There are quite a few systems to inspect, aren’t there? With so many parts to consider, it’s easy for some important details to fall through the cracks and surprise you when you move in later. That’s why creating a new home checklist is essential! Whether you’re a first time homeowner or a first time renter, we have some helpful tips to get you started. After reading through, you should have the tools you need to navigate the transition like a pro! Let’s get started.
What to Do When Moving Into a New House
First off, you should always schedule an assessment of the property before closing on a house. New home inspections are serious business. According to HomeAdvisor, the average home inspection typically runs about $326. It’s certainly worth the expense however, as you will uncover any damages to the property that the current homeowners may or may not have been aware of.
What is Included in a Typical Home Inspection?
Utilities, for starters. That involves internal plumbing systems, HVAC, and electrical, but it does not include gas lines (usually). You will have to schedule a separate gas inspection, but you may negotiate this with the seller as part of the sale.
A home inspection also includes structural elements: walls, ceilings, basement, roofing, roof supports, and the attic (if applicable). Finally, crucial design elements are addressed, such as windows, doors, and flooring.
Common Problems in a Home Inspection
- Faulty electrical wiring
- Degraded roofing
- Damaged plumbing system
- Poor ventilation
The most serious threats to your house typically involve electrical problems, roofing faults, and plumbing issues. We begin with electrical, because it has a direct impact on your family’s safety. Wiring malfunctions have been known to cause so many house fires, and you don’t want to lose your home to a preventable electrical problem.
Roofing and plumbing degradation both can leave your home with serious water damage if left unaddressed. That’s why you can typically negotiate these costs out of the seller’s asking price. Just make sure these issues are dealt with in a timely manner. While we’re on that subject…
What to Do After Moving Into a New House
First, any damage that was left over after you closed on the house should be addressed first. Priority should go to electrical systems, roofing, gas, then plumbing. You’ll also want to take care of any HVAC issues so that you feel comfortable as you transition into the new living space. If your home previously suffered from plumbing malfunctions, you’ll want to keep an eye open for water damages and mold growth. Make sure to take a note of where the water main and fuse box are located!
Once utilities are back up and running, there are several other items to check off your list. One important element that many homeowners forget is water quality. If the previous owners utilized a special filter for their drinking water (or for the whole house), you’ll want to find out why. Some local businesses will provide free water testing for your home which you can take advantage of.
Another key item to check off that list is a pest assessment. If the previous owners don’t have the paperwork from their last extermination, it would be wise to schedule a quick checkup.
Moving Into First House Checklist
- Damage Check
- Water Quality
- Pest Control
Apartments: What is a Routine Inspection?
A routine inspection is scheduled by the apartment complex to ensure the safety and good condition of the property. The owning company should provide a notice well in advance of the inspection to give the tenant time to organize and clean. If you’ve been informed of an upcoming inspection, you’ll want to make sure the apartment is tidied up before the day of.
You can even perform your own inspection to make sure that all your appliances and furnishings are in proper order. You may find that the property owner needs to perform some maintenance. If that’s the case, it’s best to keep an itemized list.
What Should You Look for When Inspecting an Apartment?
Whether the complex is performing a routine inspection or you’re getting ready to move, it helps to have a detailed inspection list. You’ll want to check each room separately and write down the condition of the apartment. This way, the apartment complex won’t accidentally blame you for any damage that was already present. There are plenty of helpful tools online to choose from, including this new home checklist.
You’ll be examining almost everything, including the listed below:
Moving Inspection Checklist
- Appliances (fridge, dishwasher, stove, etc.)
- Doors and locks
- Tub and/or shower
Schedule Your Roof Inspection and Repair!
Have you crossed roof inspection and repair off your new home checklist? If not, our team at B & W Roofing and Construction would love to provide your roofing service! You can learn more about our company by calling us at (210) 849-8025.