Posts made in January, 2015

Moving? Check Your New Place For Pests First

There’s nothing quite like the excitement of moving. It’s frequently a chance to start a new and better chapter. Sure, boxing up all your books and sweaters is a necessary evil. But once you’re moved and unpacked, you can begin enjoying your new home.

But did you check everything before signing the lease? Did you check for pests? Checking for pests should be a routine part of apartment hunting.

Pest Checking List

1. Do some research. Run the addresses of prospective apartments through a registry like this bed bug registry. Make a note of which apartments are on the registry, and plan on scheduling a canine bed bug detector if you decide on that property.

2. Ask everyone about pests. Talk to your landlord. Ask if they treated previous problems. Because any pests can easily invade your home from the apartment next door talk to the neighbors. You should ask current or previous tenants about any infestations and how the landlord handled them.

3. Look around. If previous tenants or owners are still there when you view the place, look at how tidy and clean the space is. Clutter attracts bugs and pests of all kinds.

Look under the sink and in closets for pesticides. One can of pesticide spray isn’t cause to worry, but several half-empty cans means the tenants have an ongoing pest problem.

4. Check everywhere. Take a small flashlight, if you can. Look underneath existing furniture, behind appliances, and in the cabinets and closets. You can also flip through a book or two. 

5. Look for evidence. While you’re crawling around the crevices of your prospective new home, there are a few things you should look for. Obviously, live or dead pests are a bad sign. But you should look for other evidence since many pests are nocturnal.

You should also look for evidence of feces. For mice, feces will look like black rice. Fleas leave behind gritty black specks that turn red when they get wet. Pantry moths leave fine threads in boxes of food and bags of flour.

Sometimes you can see damage from pests. Are there holes in the wall or attic? Are book spines damaged? There might be a silverfish or cockroach problem. Holes in the carpet can mean there are carpet beetles. Mice will shred paper to make nests. Make sure to move boxes of food to check for ants and other pantry pests.

Make a list of any pest evidence you find. When you start deciding which apartment or house you want, read through that list. Is the apartment or house worth dealing with a possible infestation? If it is, contact your new landlord and an exterminator to discuss your pest control options.

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Moving Day: Learn To Work Smarter, Not Harder

Moving from one house to another can be time consuming and labor intensive, even with the help of a professional moving team on your side. If the stress of moving has you a bit frazzled, not to worry, it is possible to relieve this stress and make your moving experience far more successful. This is because with just a few simple tips, you will be able to start working smarter, rather than harder.

Tip 1: Attach Hardware Directly To Disassembled Furniture

There is nothing quite as frustrating as going to reassemble a piece of furniture only to find that you are missing a screw or other piece of hardware that is essential to getting the job done. Not only can this discovery result in an otherwise unnecessary trip to the local hardware store, but it can also prevent you from taking advantage of the help your moving team is able to offer in reassembling furniture once you arrive in your new home. In order to prevent this situation from happening, simply place each piece of hardware into a durable storage bag as it is removed. After all of the hardware has been removed, close your storage bag and tape it directly to the inside of the furniture it belongs to.

Tip 2: Use Color Coded Labels For All Your Boxes

Even a small home can produce dozens upon dozens of boxes on moving day. Taking the time to read the label on each box to determine where it belongs in your new home can be an incredibly time consuming and tedious job. Consequently, boxes will often be staked in large piles where they will wait to be moved to their final destination in the house. Taking this approach will result in the need to move boxes around your home long after moving day is over and is truly a waste of your valuable time.

In order to allow for easy identification of your moving boxes, you will want to incorporate the use of color coded box labels. Assign a color to each room in your home, such as your bedroom, kitchen, and living room. While your moving crew may not take the time to read each label on the box, the ability to quickly associate each color with a specific area of your home will allow them to place each box into the room it belongs in rather than simply creating a mountain of boxes in your front entryway.

A Final Thought

Moving an entire household will always require some work on your behalf. However, there is no reason that you can’t enjoy the excitement that comes along with moving to a new home as well. By learning to work smarter instead of harder, you will have more time to enjoy the anticipation of moving, and ultimately more time to enjoy your new home. Ask a professional like Wheaton World Wide Moving for more information.

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