When we get the keys to a new home, it’s easy to want to move everything in straight away. After all, you can’t wait to make your new home perfect for your family. However, it’s so important that you do a few things in the home before the kids arrive. Otherwise, their health could potentially get put in jeopardy. Therefore, here are some things you must do before you move your family into a new home.
Check for damp and mold
You would hope that any issues in the property would have been spotted when you had your survey. But it’s easy for things to be missed; especially if you go for a simple survey. Therefore, it’s so important that you do a thorough search yourself when you get the keys to your new home. You need to look out for any signs of damp or mold in your home. Peeling wallpaper, damp walls, and a musty smell are all signs of damp. Therefore, if you do see any of these, it’s best to get a specialist to come out to your home. They will be able to remove any mold and help you to find ways to reduce the damp. For example, it might be caused by a leaky pipe in your home. Therefore, this will need to be fixed before you move your family into the property.
Clean the carpets
Although you would have hoped the previous owners would clean the carpets, it’s not always a deep clean. And there might still be dirt and dust which could harm your kids. It can be particularly dangerous if one of your family suffers from allergies. Therefore, before you move your family into the home, you should make sure you give the carpets a thorough clean. It will ensure you start the time in the new house clean and fresh. After all, it can be harder to reach particular areas once you have furniture in the home. If you don’t have time to give it a good clean, you might want to consider hiring a company like Surfside Carpet. They will give it a thorough clean and ensure it’s ready for your family to move in!
Make sure you cover all sockets
If you have little ones, you will know how much they love to touch things like plug sockets which can put them at risk. And that’s why when you move into your new home, you will have to ensure these are all covered before you let your little one’s loose. After all, if they have never had a child before, they might not have anything on there at the moment. Therefore, go around the property and make sure there is nothing that will see your child get into harm's way. Also, you should check that there are no random wires around. After all, you don’t want to put your family at risk of an electrical shock. You can also read this article for further help toddler-proofing your home!
And remember to give the kitchen a thorough clean before you begin cooking in there. After all, you don’t want to use an oven which has old food inside!