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By: Kevin Ahern on January 5th, 2016

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8 Hurdles New Homeowners Commonly Face

Residential

New homeowners often face a number of challenges before moving into their new home. If you're a new homeowner, it helps to know what challenges you can expect to encounter at your new property, so you can avoid problems.

Electrical Panel Woes

Many older homes with older occupants will get by with an electrical panel that offers minimal electrical service until the house changes hands. As soon as the house is bought by a younger owner, the electrical panel often needs to be updated so the house will have enough electricity for all the new owner's needs.

Old Paint and Wallpaper

It's not at all uncommon for new homeowners to repent and take down wallpaper as soon as they take over a house. One of the great challenges of getting that house repainted is doing so in a timely fashion before the furniture and boxes arrive. Hiring a contractor for this job comes in handy.

Used Carpet

Nothing is less fun than moving into a house with old, used carpet, because often the carpet is in bad shape. Although some new homeowners start by trying to clean the carpet, often the only real solution is to tear out the old carpet and install new flooring. Like painting, the best time to do this is before the furniture and boxes arrive, so getting it done in a timely fashion is important.

Not Enough Outlets

Like the outdated electrical panel, many new homeowners find that older homes don't have enough electrical outlets when they move in. Having enough outlets is important for being able to set up appliances and other electrical equipment, which is important for getting settled in a home.

Outdated Storage

Many people who move into new homes find themselves wondering what they're going to do with all their stuff. Often closets lack adequate shelving and storage space, leaving new homeowners scrambling to purchase storage bins, storage furniture and more.

Gutter Problems

Home inspections often don't reveal problems with the gutters. Leaky gutters, missing parts and clogs may not get spotted during a home inspection, which means that many people discover and deal with this problem after moving in.

Clogged Drains and Pipes

Drains and pipes have a way of getting clogged, and people have a way of ignoring these problems when they're moving out of a house. This leaves the new homeowners to deal with any slow moving drains and pipes when they take ownership of their new home.

Inadequate Water Heater

Water heaters that are too small for the number of people actually living in the house are another common problem. If you've recently bought a house and there are more people in your family than in the previous family to own your home, there's a good chance the water heater will be too small for the size of your household.

All of these problems can easily be fixed with work from a qualified and experienced contractor. If you live in New Haven, Connecticut, contact Litchfield Builders. With over 20 years experience, we can help you get your new home ready for you to move in.
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