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  • Kate Steel

Beginners guide for new homeowners

Congratulations on buying your new home! After a lifetime of renting it must feel good to finally hang your pictures up with abandon!

As much it is a relief to finally have a place to hang your hat, there are some important things you need to keep in mind! No longer can you rely on the landlord for all the repairs and maintenance, you are now your own landlord! So here is a a complete guide to looking after your new "forever home"

Security & Screens

If your moving into a home that you have just built chances are you'll need to organise security and fly screens. Installing security screens is a good way to ensure your feel safe in your new home. Screens will also protect you from unwanted 6-8 legged pests. Ensuring screens are securely fitted to all doors and windows is a fantastic way to close of large entry points for pests like cockroaches, spiders and rodents.

Termite Protection

Make sure you take the time to educate yourself about your responsibilities with regards to termite management for your home. If you're moving into a home you've just built be mindful the termite protection that was installed during the build (products like Kordon, Termimesh or Homeguard) will require an annual termite inspection to maintain their warranties.

If you're moving into an older home, make sure you're aware of the home's termite history. Ask questions like:

  • Has it had termites

  • If so, when?

  • What treatments were carried out as a result?

  • Is the termite protection current? If so,

  • What do I need to do to maintain the warranty?

It is industry standard to require at least annual inspections to maintain any level of warranty but you should consult the provider for specific details.

If your home does not have current termite protection look at having systems like a chemical barrier or monitoring/baiting system installed. At the very least make sure you're having at least annual termite inspections or more frequent inspections if the home is unprotected and has a termite history.

Pest Control

We understand this one may fall by the wayside in the chaos of moving, but seriously, don't let it

If they've had pets, fleas could be a lingering concern and won't start biting until you're already moving in (more info on fleas here).

Bed bugs are the next biggest concern. If the previous occupants had an untreated bed bug problem it is almost certain the problem will be passed on to you.

Whether it be fleas, cockroaches or even bed bugs don't inherit the previous owner's problems, have the home pest controlled so your move won't be saddled with pest concerns.

Moving and need help?

Call Results Home Services on 3823 2500 or contact us here and speak to our friendly team about getting your new home ready for you!

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