There are always a lot of things to do when moving to a new home. If your home is a brand new build though, then you will have a few extra things to keep in mind when moving in. Here are some tips to get you started!
Beware of Moisture
Wood is a natural material which contains a lot of moisture. In new build homes, it is common for the fresh wood which is used to have high moisture levels. Over time, the moisture will come out of the wood. This excess moisture can cause problems in your new build home, such as mold and making the paint feel.
Do not paint during the first year in your new build! It will probably be futile since that paint may bubble from the escaping moisture in the wood.
Try to keep the windows open and get a dehumidifier to control moisture levels in the air and reduce the likelihood of mold growth.
Be Prepared for a Long To-Do List
Get a moving checklist for all of the things you will have to do when moving into the home. Some of these things include:
• Turning off and on utilities
• Notifying change of address
• Hiring a moving company
• Transferring school records
• Learning neighborhood regulations
• Ordering trash bins
Make sure you set timelines for when you need to do everything on the checklist. Some things, like calling to turn on utilities, can’t wait until the last minute.
Plan for Maintenance
One of the benefits of moving into a new build is that you won’t have to spend as much on maintenance of the home. However, don’t think you won’t have to pay for maintenance at all just because the home is brand new. Put aside some money to pay for any maintenance tasks which come up in the future.
Do a Walk-through with an Inspector
It is common for new builds to have 100 to 200 defects! These defects are usually small, like a dented floorboard or broken roof tile, but they still matter. Right before you move into your home (or, if the home is already built, then before you exchange contracts), you should go through the property with an inspector. It pays to have those trained third-party eyes with you. Negotiate with the builder to have these defects fixed before you move in, and ensure that they are fixed on a timeline.
Leave Some Flexibility with the Move-In Date
What if your new build isn’t finished, but you’ve got to get out of your rental? That would create a moving nightmare where you’d have to put all of your belongings in storage and live in temporary housing until the build is completed. Avoid this disaster by giving yourself some flexibility with the move-in date.
Get an Extended Warranty on Appliances
In a new build home, you will probably have all brand-new appliances. This means that they will probably all start breaking down around the same time, so you will have a huge expense to pay at once to fix/replace them. Spare yourself this sudden expense by paying for the extended warranty on new appliances. You then have more wiggle room with upgrading appliances in the future.