For many of us who work in the construction industry, we find ourselves occupied with various tasks involved with the building of new residential homes.
While the focus is usually on pulling off the project management feat that is building a house, it is not surprising that the construction crew understandably give little or no thought to what the experience of actually moving into a new home will be like for the new owners.
Here is an article we found which may help bring some perspective on the things that new owners should think about and do, before actually moving in, hopefully it can help us as builders get into the mindset of our clients.
This post is by Removalists Bell Removers, a US business, and it lists the following points as important for homeowners to do before moving in to a new home
- The first thing a homeowner should do is make a checklist of the major defaults. If you’ve just built the house, let’s hope there aren’t any defects but these things do happen. Homeowners should do this check before they move in to avoid having to endure living through more construction to rectify any faults.
- Walls and ceilings are adequately painted. If homeowners want to change colours or repaint for whatever reason, it’s best to do so before moving in or risk damaging their furniture and inhaling toxic fumes.
- Introducing themselves to the neighbours. Inconveniencing the neighbours as little as possible during the construction process, through noise and disruption, will mean the neighbours will take to the new homeowners better than they would if they had to endure a painful construction process.
- Making a map. It’s a good idea to label exactly where the utilities and the main switchboard is located. Before handing over the house, it’s also a good idea to test the switches as this will likely be one of the first things the new home owners will do before labelling them. They will also need to know where the main water valve is located so they know where to cut it off if necessary. Basically homeowners need to know where all the wiring and pipes are located so providing a paper and electronic copy is a good idea. This will make it easier for the homeowner to send the information, for example in an emergency.
- Another major consideration for the new home owner is ensuring the house is clear of any unwanted co-inhabitants. Pests like insects and rodents should be exterminated before the owners even move in. The writer summed it up by advising new homeowners to…
hire an exterminator to spray your house before you move in. Nothing ruins a move more than finding a rat in the kitchen when you wake up on the first day in your new place.