Moving into your new home can be quite the exhilarating experience. Your new life is about to begin and you can't wait to sleep in your bed the first night in the home. However, how well are you going to sleep if you're not 100-percent sure about the exact nature of the home? Although there are many things to consider when moving into your new home, there may be a few details that you overlooked when initially looking at the property.
1. Basement - Before you move your boxes and valuable keepsakes into the basement, you want to make sure that they won't be floating up to the ceiling the next morning. A thorough inspection of the structure and a complete history of the home and any damage that it had experience in the past could help you eliminate those worries. Depending on the laws regarding real estate in your area, most sellers are bound by full disclosure, which means they need to inform the potential buyer everything regarding the home that could be deemed hazardous or informative to the decision making process.
2. Attic - Before you store your Christmas and Halloween decorations in the attic, is it sound to do so? Weather rot can make the beams of your roof cave in as additional weight is placed on them. This isn't inclusive of finding out if your attic is occupied by local wildlife. Squirrels, raccoons, birds, and more have been known to build domiciles in unoccupied areas of the attic which adversely could cause weather damage originating from the animal's entry point. Keep an eye out for tell-tail signs of animal activity such as feces, nesting, claw marks, and others.
3. Garage - The garage is another locale that many people don't think about when moving into a new home. Most of the time, garages are used to store other keepsakes and boxes. If there is a leak in any part of the structure, you should find out immediately. You wouldn't want your favorite golf bag or your teenager's baby shoes to succumb to mildew or mold damage from moisture.
4. Crawl Spaces - Some homes don't have access to basements, but they may have a narrow crawl space in which people will store boxes and decorations. This is another area that could experience water damage due to rainfall or snow. Before you pack your boxes into one of these areas, ensure that it will be safe to do so. You also want to make sure that the crawl space cannot be, or is currently not, occupied by wildlife such as mice, cats, or other dwellers that could find the area under your home ideal.
5. Shed - Another great location for storage is any kind of a shed that is on the property. This is also another location that can display the ravages of time if it's not properly maintained. As with the other locations on the property, you want to make sure that the weather won't destroy anything you place in it for storage.
If there is ever any doubt in your mind about the structural integrity of your future prospective home, you should inquire about an inspection. The ease of mind and relief of the stress you could experience is worth the extra time in postponing your move. After all, you don't want to move into something that could eventually become a fatal attraction or erase the historical items from your life.
This article is contributed by Madoline Hatter. Madoline is a freelance writer and blog junkie from ChangeOfAddressForm.com. You can reach her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.