You’re moving into a new home! Congratulations, home ownership is an exciting step in life. It brings permanence, and security. It also can bring headaches, nights where you wake up wondering what that sound is (it’s a leaking pipe) and frustration as you figure out the ins and out of a home. Sometimes owning a home would be better if it came with an owner’s manual. Then, when something is spraying water when it shouldn’t, and when something isn’t spraying water when it should, you can turn to page 143 and know how to fix it. Unfortunately, like all good things, such as parenting and marriage, homes don’t have an owner’s manual, and you’re on your own when it comes to fixing home issues. Luckily, Landmark Home Warranty has a short list of things you can do before you move into your home that can save you time, money and a headache.
5. CHECK FOR PLUMBING LEAKS
If you didn’t get a home inspection when you purchased your home, it would be a good idea to get one now. Even if you got a home inspection, it’s a good idea to do a double check before you move in and start using the facilities.
“No! Dad, I want to keep our basement flooded – It’s my aquarium!”
There are a few ways to do this, but the easiest way is to look at your water meter and then check it after two hours without using any water within the home. If the reading is different in those two hours, then there is a leak. Go around to each plumbing fixture in your home and make sure there aren’t any puddles or spurting water after you turn on the fixtures. If it is an easy fix, you can try to DIY, or you can call a plumber.
4. CLEAN YOUR CARPETS
Before you move all of your furniture into your new home, get your floors off to a brand new start by cleaning them. If you’re moving into a home that has been lived in previously, it’s always a good idea to clean the carpets, just in case. You never know if the home had pets, children, or some extraordinarily dirty teenagers.
Judging by the mass of cheerios smashed into the carpets, I would hazard a guess at the home’s latest inhabitants being a large herd of three year olds.
You can pay for a professional carpet cleaning, but, according to Angies List, most carpet cleaning goes “ price per room” and most people pay around $45 a room. For the same price, you could purchase your own steam cleaner, or rent a steam cleaner and do your own carpets for a fraction of the price. Either way, your home gets off to a brand new start, without any furniture on the carpets. If you don’t clean them now, you’ll move in, put your furniture where you want it to go, and then a few months later, you’ll want to steam clean the carpets, and you’ll have to move all of the furniture again.
3. GET A HOME WARRANTY
One of the best things you can do for yourself as a new homeowner is to get a home warranty on your new property. Some sellers provide a home warranty with the home already, but if they haven’t, it’s an excellent help for new homeowners. A home warranty repairs or replaces your failed home systems and appliances when they fail due to normal wear and tear. You purchase the home warranty plan, and then all you have to pay is a flat rate $60 fee for a service contractor to come to your home and fix or replace your faulty system or appliance. On most of the appliances that a home warranty covers, this helps homeowners save hundreds if not thousands of dollars rather than paying out of pocket for repairs and replacements. This is great for a new home, as you don’t know what the state of most of your appliances and home systems are in, and older appliances come with older homes. This way, a home warranty can save you money from systems and appliances that will fail, one way or another.
2. GET A REKEY
One of the things that you should get is a rekey service. Depending on the home warranty plan you end up getting, you could get it for much cheaper than normal. Why change your keys and locks? If you think about it, how many people have lived in the home you are currently living in? If it is an older home, maybe it’s around 6 or so people. If each of those people have given a key to their significant other (or all 8 of their significant others), their mother, their sister and their dad, you have a lot of people who have keys to your home.
“Jamie, you have 4 other men out here waiting for you to open your door! Why won’t your keys work anymore?!”
Getting a rekey can help you feel more secure in your new purchase. That way you and you alone know who can get into your home with the right key. If you get a home warranty, a rekey service, which can run up to hundreds of dollars, ($30 for labor for each lock, $40 for each lock and key) can only cost you $60 for 6 rekeyed locks.
1. GET RID OF PESTS
Getting rid of bugs can actually be more frustrating than the pests themselves. If you have small children or pets, you will have to leave the house for an extended period of time, and it can be extremely expensive. However, it is worth it when you consider the fact that these pests can harm your home, get you sick or hurt your family.
Not exactly like that, but sure!
Luckily, if you have the right home warranty plan, pest control is included. While most pest control for general pest treatment for getting ride of spiders, cockroaches, crickets, earwigs, millipedes or centipedes can cost around $300, with a home warranty it can cost around $60. For termites, most pest control charges upwards of $1,500-$2,500 per 1,250 square feet. With the right home warranty plan, the price for getting rid of termites is $125 for a service call fee.
If you are interested in getting a home warranty, you can learn more by going to Landmark Home Warranty’s website at www.landmarkhw.com. There you can find out more about the best home warranty plans for you and your home, read our home warranty reviews and compare our home warranty coverage.
Landmark Home Warranty wants to congratulate you on your new home purchase, and keep up with our home owner tips and tricks on this blog!