Even if your new (to you) home looks fantastic, the information provided here by Sharon Tara is priceless. Far too often these basics are not taken care of by homeowners on a regular basis and could be easily missed by inspectors. When you move in, check all of these things and don't assume just because the house looks clean that everything is in order.
What's One Of The First Things You Should Do After Moving Into Your New Home?
You've just moved, and the last thing you need is me adding to your "to-do" list. But this is something many homeowners don't think of and it could become a serious problem if neglected.
If the previous owners didn't follow manufacturers' suggested maintenance on their appliances, you could be the one paying the price.
When we moved into our home earlier this year I wasn't happy with the taste of the water that dispensed from the refrigerator door.
My husband checked the filter, and the filter was disgusting.
This type of filter is supposed to be changed every six months.
Based on it's appearance, we weren't sure it had ever been changed.
A dirty, clogged filter can cause serious damage to your refrigerator and is a threat to your family's health.
We replaced the filter and the water tastes great and flows much faster now.
Another area to check is under the refrigerator. In order to run efficiently, the coils must be cleaned regularly.
Here's what we found when we checked under ours:
It requires 25% more energy to run the refrigerator when the coils are covered in dust.
What about the other appliances??
Some washing machines have water filters that need changing.
Lint-clogged dryer exhaust vents are the #1 cause of dryer fires. Manufacturers recommend cleaning at least once a year to be sure your dryer is operating efficiently and to prevent fires.
Cleaning Tip for greasy stove hood filters:
Boil water in a very large pan. Add 1/2 Cup Baking Soda....very slowly (a spoonful at a time) because it will fizz. Place stove hood filter in boiling water and continue to boil about 5 mins. All the grease will melt away. Rinse under hot water and let air dry.
One of the first things you should do after moving is
check all appliances, heating/AC systems, and water/air purifiers for filters that need cleaning or replacement.
It could extend the life of the product, protect the health of your family, and save you time and money.
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