Moving into a new home can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time. You will likely be starting a new chapter in your life and are eager to kick back and relax in your new pad, but there are several things you need to tackle to get everything working correctly.
Whether you are a first-time homeowner or have done it before, moving into a new home requires going through a checklist encompassing every detail that goes into this process.
Not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered with this clear-cut, descriptive list of what needs to be done when moving into a new home.
Though this part of the process looks like a no-brainer, you must start packing as early as possible. This will give you plenty of time to organize and get rid of things you do not want.
Tip: Have a garage sale or donate what you no longer need.
Take Photos of Valuable Items
We know how stressful packing and moving valuable items can be, so the best way to keep your nerves at bay is to create a visual inventory by taking photos of the most important objects in your home. If anything gets damaged during the move, and you remembered to get moving insurance, you will have proof of their original condition and be compensated.
Change Your Mailing Address
Even though you will have the chance to have your mail redirected to your new home, there’s no harm in submitting this alteration a couple of weeks in advance or as soon as you close on the house.
Take this opportunity to change or start planning to change your mailing or billing address for important services like subscription services, delivery apps, credit cards, car registration, and others.
Before you move into your new home, it is crucial you set up your utilities, such as water, gas, and electricity. Doing this ahead of time will help smooth things out once you move in and start getting settled.
Check with your local providers how far in advance you should book the turning-on process for your utilities.
Connect TV and Internet
Figure out what service providers will best suit your needs and schedule installation a couple of weeks in advance to make sure everything is up and running on moving day. Of course, then you do not have to worry about not being able to go online or watch the latest episode of your favorite show while you unpack boxes.
Do a Walkthrough
When the house is still empty, and before you are scheduled to set in and unpack, double-check that everything is in order, such as outlets, switches, and fixtures, and all the agreed-upon repairs have been made. If something’s not according to what you were expecting, contact your realtor immediately and confirm what is included in the contract.
Locate the Fuse Box and the Water Valve
There are many reasons why this is an important task to get ahead on, but as you are moving in, you should be able to locate the fuse box and the water valve to check if they are working properly. It will also allow you to reach them if anything happens during the moving-in process.
Check Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Safety always comes first in any situation, and checking if the new home’s smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in good working condition is extremely important. As a rule of thumb, when moving into a new home, you should change the batteries in your detectors and check on them every six months.
Change The Locks
When moving into a new home, changing your locks is the first step in guaranteeing your family’s safety since you will not be able to know how many people have keys. Call a locksmith and have them change all the locks as soon as possible.
Do a Deep Clean
Whether you decide to call in professional cleaners or take on that challenging task yourself, doing a deep clean to your new home is the best way to start with a blank, and hopefully spotless, canvas. This should be done before you move in, so make sure you schedule it for a couple of days prior to taking anything inside.
Check For Needed Repairs
Unless you are moving into a new home that did not have any previous owners, it is predictable you will have to check for any needed repairs. After the mandatory home inspection, you will probably have a general idea of what needs to be done, if any, but it does not hurt to give a thorough look-over around the house and flag whatever improvements it might require.
If you have a front yard, backyard, or any kind of outdoor area, make sure you check every inch of it, too.
Connect Major Appliances
Whether you got new appliances to be installed in your new home or you brought them with you from your previous residence, it is important to check if everything is working how it should.
Tip: After moving, the refrigerator will have to rest upright for at least three hours in its final spot before being plugged in.
Check the HVAC System
Hire a technician to check your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system in the days or weeks following your move just to ensure everything is in order, and all heating and cooling units, insulation, and ducts are in impeccable shape.
Refresh The Paint
Tend To Your Pets’ Needs
If you own a pet, it will probably be affected by the move for a number of reasons, so it is important you take care of them during this messy, chaotic time. Get them in a room with all the comforts they are used to for a couple of days while you move and unpack and let them get to know the new place in their own time.
Unpack, Unpack, Unpack
There is still a lot to go through after you have unpacked the essentials — which hopefully were accurately labeled and gave you no trouble finding. Try and go patiently through all the boxes step by step and room by room. After you unpack everything, make sure you recycle all the boxes and packing materials.
Stay Put Before Going For Major Changes
Unless we are talking about visible or pre-scheduled flaws, it is important to live in the new home for a while before you decide on any major remodels. What you feel about something in your home today might not be the same a couple of months in.
Decorate Your New Home
After moving and settling in, the first thing you will probably want to do is see your new home decorated and with all the furniture and personal items in the right place. Take some time to really enjoy this process with inspiration and resourcefulness.
Meet Your Neighbors
As awkward as this may sound, it is essential to start off on the right foot in your new neighborhood and start learning about the community. This will also give you the chance to ask about local services, schools, health care providers, garbage pick-up schedules, and just introduce yourself and your family.
Moving into a new home does not have to be a taxing or nerve-racking ordeal. You just need to plan for everything and get ahead on all tasks that need to be done. With the ultimate checklist, you will have no problem preparing for moving day, packing and unpacking, and tackling the challenges that come with changing your address and trying to fit into a new neighborhood.