There are about a million homes constructed in the US every year. Owners of these homes tend to settle at the moment their home has finished constructed. This is understandable. No one wants to continue spending a couple of hundred dollars more on rent when they have their permanent homes waiting for them. Additionally, the excitement of decorating and moving your family into a more permanent home is all too much to bear. However, moving into a newly built home is discouraged by many experts in the industry. There are many reasons why this isn’t a smart idea. One of them is that it might not be finished yet.
Many Newly Constructed Homes Aren’t Ready by Move-in Day
If you’re planning a date for your move-in, make sure it’s a couple of weeks, maybe even a month after the designated move-in day. If you don’t, you’d be shocked to see your home with barely little paint or tiles in its interior. Homes like these aren’t ready for moving in just yet.
The reality is that many construction projects are greatly overestimated when it comes to the finishing date. There are many factors to consider, and the finishing date or the move-in date is mainly an approximated time when it will be finished. It’s not definite. If you’re planning to move into a suburban village built by a real estate developer, they’re likely to contact you if there are any changes to the designated move-in day.
However, if a private contractor builds your home, they might forget to remind you. So consider planning your move-in day a couple of weeks after the designated finished date. This can save you a lot of hassle when moving in.
New Homes Tend to Have Utility Problems
After your home is fully constructed, you’ll have problems with applying for electricity and water. If the real estate developer has done this for you, that’s good. If you’re doing it yourself, you’ll see that it takes a couple of days before they can get the necessary utilities set up for you. You must do the application process months in advance so contractors working for the electric and water companies will have a notice. They can get to work the moment your home is almost finished. But, even then, this still takes some time, and you might encounter some problems along the way. If you don’t want to struggle with electricity malfunctions and no water, consider waiting until everything is settled.
Pests and Insects Everywhere
Many pests and insects make construction sites their home. Two of the most common pests around these sites are mosquitoes and termites.
Mosquitoes are pretty much prevalent everywhere you go. However, because of the messy environment of construction sites, they tend to be more present in these particular locations. After constructing your new home, there is a high chance that these mosquitoes will move into your home without you knowing about it. This can be detrimental to your family’s health. They can trigger allergies and carry dangerous viruses like dengue and malaria.
On the other hand, termites are more detrimental to the health of your new home. Your new home is not invulnerable to a termite infestation simply because it has new wood. Termites are happy enough to consume any wood, and they are ready to settle anywhere that has wood. If you don’t check for termites in your new home, it’ll lead to a future disaster and probably a thousand dollars worth of repair.
You can proactively check for these infestations yourself before settling into your newly constructed home. However, the main solution for these two problems is to hire termite and mosquito control experts to check and protect your home against these nasty insects. These experts can easily get rid of these pests and stop them from coming back. Furthermore, they can give you tips and suggestions on how to stop pests infesting your new home.
Conduct a Final Inspection
When all is said and done, and your new home has everything you need to settle in, you must conduct a final inspection with the real estate developer or a private inspector to ensure that everything is in order. These experts can pinpoint any possible problems you might have in your home, and they can get to work in fixing it directly. This final inspection can address any problems you might have when you move in and soon.
Moving in is a very exciting event in any family’s life. The idea of working with a black canvas and making it your own is a feeling that many people don’t have. Moreover, it might have cost your family so much to get to this point, so why not move in when you can? However, as we have stated, there are various things you should know and do before you start settling into your new home. Trust us, it’s better that you do these things and wait patiently than moving in right after your home is finished and encountering major problems along the way. It’ll help you save money and protect your new home in the long run.