For most people buying a new home is the most exiting time they’ll have moving residences. Owning a home is a huge leap for newlyweds. Moving to a new home is a sign of a growing family. A good house with a white picket fence is the iconic American dream for a reason. Sometimes your new house isn’t new at all, and buying an old house comes with unique challenges. Here are a few things to take care of when moving into an old house.
First and most important is to make sure your home isn’t filled with asbestos. Older buildings used asbestos as a fire retardant, but these days it’s a dangerous substance. Asbestos removal is expensive and time consuming, but still costs far less than treating asbestos-related diseases. Many old homes will be cleaned up already, but it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to such a deadly substance.
Pest Checks and Removals
Another common problem with old homes is pest infestations. Many old buildings were constructed with untreated wood, and that makes them a virtual buffet for termites. Other destructive pests can get in through cracks in the foundation, unpatched holes in the eaves and other small entryways. It’s worth the investment to contact a professional pest control specialist to inspect and repair your home before you move in.
Professional Home Inspection
While it’s possible the previous owners had a home inspection before selling the house, it may be worth it to have one yourself. There are many problems that can crop up over the decades in an older home. Pay special attention to the wiring. Older wiring in homes might not support modern devices, and multiple devices can overload a circuit. Faulty wiring can also be a fire hazard when the wires are overloaded. It’s also worth it to check for any old appliances that could use replacements. Drafty windows are another source of problems in old homes. Drafts and single-pane windows are a huge loss of heat and can drive up energy bills.
There’s no better time to get some renovations in than when you first move into a home. It’s the perfect opportunity. Your possessions aren’t firmly in place yet. You have plenty of time to paint any walls you could want to. You can redo the flooring before your furniture is moved in. Replace appliances, fix windows, and do anything else you need before you’re too settled to budge.
Establish Good Habits
Moving into a new home is the perfect time to establish good habits for home ownership. Set aside a box, file or folder for any important documents related to the home. This can include the deed, warranty information for the appliances, receipts for renovations and home improvements, and any other important paperwork. Make sure to keep this location safe from water or fire damage.
Set up Home Improvements Fund
Another good thing to do when moving in is set up a savings account or set aside money for home improvements. Don’t spend it all in one place. It’s a huge relief to have money set aside if something should go wrong. Having a pipe burst, a small fire start, or some other disaster strike feels a lot better when there’s money set aside to fix it.
Once you’re all moved in and settled, the best thing to do is relax and enjoy your new home. Soon your life will catch up with you and the dust will be settled, but you have a grace period in which you can fully enjoy your new home. Take advantage of it.