Once you’ve completed all the complicated paperwork and heavy lifting involved in moving house, you might think it’s time to relax. Unfortunately, there are a few more jobs to complete before you can rest knowing your home is ready to be lived in. Here are three things you should immediately check when moving into a new place.
Is the heating up to scratch?
If you’re moving into your new property at the height of summer, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll start thinking about the heating. It might be the case that you don’t even plan to turn it on for months until the colder temperatures hit. The only problem with this is that most people also leave it until the colder months to find out that their heating isn’t working. This means it’s the busiest time for heating engineers, and you could struggle to find somebody to fix your device before your home starts feeling extremely uncomfortable.
With this in mind, one of the first things you should do when you move in, no matter how hot it is outside, is to turn on the heating. If it is broken, or it isn’t powerful enough to heat every single corner of your home, consider replacing the system as soon as possible ready for the winter. It can often be confusing choosing which system to install. Find a retailer who can explain some of the advantages and disadvantages of each system, for example, the differences between a PTAC heat pump vs electric heat, and help you find the right product for you. Once you’ve had the new equipment installed, you can rest assured that your heating will be ready to go as soon as the temperatures drop.
Where are the emergency cut offs?
When you’re excited about moving into your new property, you’re probably also not considering what to do when things go wrong. Locate and familiarise yourself with your fuse box, so if you experience a power cut you know exactly where to check first. Your building will also have a shut off valve to control the water into the property. Make sure you know where that is so you can turn off the water as quickly as possible if you were to ever experience a leak in your home.
What state was it in when you moved in?
Another very important thing you should do as soon as you move in is to record the state of the building you’re moving into. This is really important if you’re moving into a rented property particularly, because if your landlord finds something broken or damaged during an inspection, they could try and fine you or at least bill you for the cost of repairing such items.
This could be the case even if you didn’t break or damage the property yourself and it was in fact already damaged when you moved in. To stop this happening, look around every room in the house and take photos of any significant damage that you believe could result in a fine. Then send these photos to your landlord so they have an indisputable record of when this damage occurred.