Does Your New House Need a Little Work? Professionals to Talk to After Closing on Your Home

Does Your New House Need a Little Work? Professionals to Talk to After Closing on Your Home
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    Now that you have the keys to your newly-purchased home, it's time to let the professionals take a look and make any needed repairs before you move in.

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While you likely had a home inspection done and are aware of some issues, it’s a good idea to have the house checked one more time while you’re making any necessary repairs. Check out the most important parts of your house before moving in to ensure that everything is working as it should.

If small problems are found, they can be quickly fixed before they turn into major issues later.

Plumber

A licensed plumber can check out the home’s entire water system to look for drips and looks that could be causing problems. In addition to inspecting the water pipes and joints, the plumber can detect unusual odors that suggest dampness or mildew.

They can find spots of mold growing on the walls, ceiling, or floors and can explore them for the source of moisture causing the problem.

Slow-running drains or sinks may need to be unclogged or fitted with new hardware. Water lines to the washer, refrigerator, and dishwasher should also be checked for wear and tear and replaced if needed.

If there were any leaks or plumbing problems found, you may need some water damage or mold remediation services as well. Water damage may seem like a small problem, but it can greatly impact the structural integrity of your home if left unchecked.

Mold and mildew are serious health hazards, especially if anyone in your family has respiratory issues, like asthma. Your plumber should be able to recommend a local professional to take care of the water damage or mold.

Electrician

Your home’s electric box and wiring should be inspected to ensure the electrical system is up to code, especially if the house is older. You may want to replace 110 lines with 220 lines for areas that require higher voltage.

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Because electronics—and their many plugs and chargers—have become integral to daily life in the last couple decades, you may need additional outlets to accommodate your household. It’s recommended that you have outlets on every wall.

Any existing outlet that sparks when an appliance is plugged in should be checked and repaired. An electrician can also look for frayed or exposed wiring to replace problem sections.

HVAC Contractor

Heating and air conditioning are vital components for residents’ comfort and safety. An aging furnace might need new parts to keep it working efficiently. The same might be true of the AC, unless your house doesn’t have it yet.

If your new home doesn’t have an AC, you may wish to have it installed before you move in, especially during the warmer months. Have the HVAC technician check the thermostat to see if it is registering the correct room temperature. Mention any odd smells or sounds you notice that may suggest a problem.

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Roofer

Since a roof is hard to see from ground level, have a roofer inspect it along with the chimney, gutters, and downspouts. Sometimes minor damage goes unnoticed until heavy rain or high winds cause leaks or other issues. Loose shingles should be nailed down, and damaged ones should be replaced before bad weather arrives.

Of course, there are other areas of your new home that should be checked. However, start with these essential aspects to ensure your residence is safe and move-in ready.

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