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When moving into a new home, many homeowners don’t realize the full extent of the home services that they’ll need to make use of, until they’re in over their heads. This guide is handy for those of us who don’t know everything that is needed to be done inside the house before you can be fully comfortable in your new home.

First off, the very basics; you’ll need your utilities set up. While making a few phone calls can often be the full extent of your responsibilities in this area, depending on the house you may be in need of a plumber or electrician to facilitate your access to your utilities. These home services often come at a bit of a high price, but since they are used so often in our daily lives and the home services (hopefully) shouldn’t need to be used often at all, it’s a fair trade. These home services can also come in handy after your move in. In an emergency such as a flood or major water leak in your house, knowing the local plumber personally can likely be the difference between a few inches of water or a dozen, and a good plumber can reduce the chance of water damage and the accompanying damage to your wallet. Likewise, a good electrician isn’t just good for setting up new connections in your house; they’re your first line of defense when it comes to power outages or even the occasional blown fuse.

Once you’ve got the bare basics working, consider additional home services for quality of living. Contacting a home security provider about a house alarm can help you sleep much more soundly than going without, and even the small sign most give you is an effective deterrent against burglary. Additionally, and less seriously, a cable provider has become nearly a necessity in the digital age. While many areas don’t have much of a choice when it comes to who provides this home service, shopping around beforehand can give you an idea of what to expect, and what cable package would be the most worth the price for your household.

Now that your various connections in your house are set up, think about contracting a home services company for things like setting up appliances. Though you could feasibly set up your own fridge, washer, and dryer (among other things), it’s probably safer and a lot less headache-inducing to have a professional come to do the job. Also, traditionally services like this work off of a guarantee that they’ve done the job correctly, or they’ll do it again if necessary. Of course, this is good to check beforehand, but if such a warranty on their service is offered, taking advantage of a trained professional is better than attempting it yourself every time.

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