Are you due to move house soon?
No matter how many times you’ve done it, moving is always a stressful and daunting prospect. And it’s easy to get caught up on the day and forget important things. But this doesn’t have to be the case.
Read on for our checklist of six important things to do when you’re moving into a new home:
- Do a Walkthrough
The best time to do a walkthrough of your new home is when it’s completely empty. So, before you unpack and set anything up (and if possible before you even unload the truck), go through your home.
You should check:
- The previous owner made your agreed repairs
- Everything included with the house sale is there and in the expected condition
- Everything is working, including fixtures, outlets, and switches
If you come across any issues that break the sale contract, contact your realtor ASAP. If there are issues not covered in your contract, unfortunately, they’re yours now. But it’s good to know where and what they are.
It’s likely that you’re going to have repairs projects if you move into a house that’s had owners before. From your home inspection, you should already have a good idea of them. But, you should take your time to walk around and plan your priorities. Use this time to make an itemized list to come back to, with the highest priority at the top.
You don’t have to do the repairs right away (unless they’re major). You’ll have time for that once you’ve settled in. But having a list to come back to will help keep you organized and give you a starting point. You’ll know what to start with first and will have a better footing when it comes to getting the ball rolling.
- Child/Pet Proof
If you’re moving into a new house with your kids (be they human or fur-babies), you need to go around and child/pet-proof. You may want to do this if friends and family have kids/pets who will be around often too. Remember, this move will be as stressful for them as it will be for you.
A good tip is to make a kid/pet free zone where you can put all your packing materials. Make sure your windows are secure and shut, as well as any outside doors. Don’t leave any long cords hanging from blinds either. Make sure you keep any dangerous items like box cutters away from little fingers and paws.
- Set Up Your Utilities
This is actually something you should set up before you move. But in the heat of the stress, it’s something that a lot of people miss. So if you haven’t done it already, don’t delay after you move in. You want everything up and running for you and your family as soon as possible.
On the day you move, check that these items are set up (or being set up):
- heating & cooling
- phone line
- waste/garbage removal
Also, locate your water valve and fuse box as soon as you move in. When you’re in a jam, you don’t want to spend time hunting for them. By knowing where they are, you’ll know exactly where to go to turn the water off or fix any power issues.
Usually, your fuse box will be in your basement, storage room, or garage. The water valve will be somewhere on the perimeter of the house.
- Deep Clean
After the stress of moving day, the last thing you’ll want to do is do a deep clean of your home. But, while it’s empty and you haven’t unpacked, it’s the best time to do it. By following a guide for how to clean a new home you’ll be able to save yourself time and hassle.
If you don’t have the time or energy to don your rubber gloves, consider a professional cleaner. They’ll come in and take out all the unnecessary hassle of that first deep clean so you don’t have to worry. But when you’re grabbing the mop or paying someone else to, cleaning your new home is the way to go.
- Change Your Address
Like your utilities, you might do this one before the day you move. But if you haven’t, moving day is the time to do it. You don’t want anything important getting lost in the mail or going to your old address.
Let all relevant companies and people know you’ve changed address. This should include:
- friends & family
- the bank
- subscription services
Anyone who sends you your bills should have notification too. You don’t want to get behind on payments. If you’re moving to a different state, you’ll also have to contact the DMV. They’ll need to send out a new driver’s license and update your vehicle registration.
Vehicle shipping is a great way to transport your vehicle without breaking the law. If your license won’t cover you for your journey, consider using car moving companies.
- Meet the Neighbors
You’re going to have to live next to these people for the foreseeable future so it’s good to get to know them. And meeting your neighbours will be easier (and less awkward) right when you’ve moved in.
As well as getting off to the right start, your neighbours can offer valuable insight. They can tell you more about the community, and recommend local services.
You don’t have to do a door to door, but when you see a neighbour, make a point to introduce yourself. Your little gesture of friendliness will go a long way to building a long-lasting, good relationship with your community.
Moving Into a New Home Made Easy
So there you have it! By following these six tips, it’s sure to be smooth sailing when you’re moving into a new home.
Try to be as organized as you can and arrange for your utilities to be in order. And make sure you’re changing your address with the people and organizations that need to know. The more prepared you are, the better start you’ll have in this new chapter of your life.
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