Moving (and Things You May Miss)

 Looking for a comprehensive moving guide? This isn’t it, but we’ll cover a few things you are sure to miss!

Tend to the hot water heater!

There is absolutely no reason to keep the hot water heater above 120 degrees. You may be the kind of person that wants to boil water in the shower, but I would much rather keep my skin un-melted and save money doing it! If set at a higher temperature, the heater will continue using energy to maintain that temperature until the water molecules give up from exhaustion or the electric company sympathizes with your astronomical bill and sends someone out to turn it down for you (kidding; they wouldn’t do that). It may be a smart investment to get a heater blanket for insulation. The heater loses a small amount of energy during day-to-day operations, but that cost adds up over years.

To the ventilation system!

Though no one really describes the smell of a new home like that of a new car or a new book, the air quality is important for your respiratory health. Go down to your local HVAC guy and buy an appropriately sized air filter. Switching them out and starting brand new will keep you from having to worry about this later when your living room looks like if early-twentieth century Manhattan had a baby with modern Tianying. You may also want to clean all of the vents to keep dust from spreading in the home (this will be an important step when you see number four on this list). Make sure that the vents are not blocked up if you have already moved.

While everything is clear, clean!

That is the last thing you want to hear, but cleanliness goes a long way for your overall health. It could be as simple as wiping down surfaces; it will be much more difficult with all the furniture. Imagine how relaxing it could be to sit outside gazing at the begging neighbors. They want entrance across the moat while you sip your glass of sweet tea. Safe (because of the tiger sharks) and at ease, because you followed my advice about cleaning your home before moving. It may also keep down any dust bunnies that hide behind everything inside. Doing this will keep them from mutating into an army of air-soiling bunnies that threaten your sovereignty.

Update the tech!

It will be worth your time to get a thermostat that is comfortable. Better, one you can understand using on a regular basis. You may move into the new place and realize that there is only a plastic block with a metal wheel; at night, in the freezing cold, I challenge you to set one of those to a temperature through that fatigued gaze. Go through the house and replace any damaged outlet covers and switch before the outlets are blocked by the moving of beds and couches. If you have any experience or if you’re mechanically savvy, you may want to check the wiring behind the covers to make sure nothing is damaged or exposed. Take a few extra moments to make sure that everything is safe for the move-in.

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