It’s exciting, isn’t it? Finally, the papers are signed, and you have a new home. Naturally, you can’t wait to move in, but before you do, there are a few things you need to do to make your new home habitable for you and your family. As exciting as it is, you might have to hold off that bottle of champagne you’ve kept for special occasions a little longer. First, check to confirm you have done these things then get on with the celebrations.
1,Start with the basics
When you move, there are a few basics you need to handle. For instance, you need to change your address at least two weeks in advance to receive your bills. Cancel all your utilities and arrange installation in your new address. That way, you will have power, water, and internet when you finally move. Also, change the locks in your new house. You never know how many copies are out there for the current locks. The previous owners might have given a copy to a friendly neighbor, babysitter, or cleaning service.
2, Check for leaks
During the purchase process, your home inspector ensured your house was leak-free, but it never hurts to doublecheck. According to Alto Home Inspection, LLC, there are simple strategies you can use to find leaks. For instance, before moving, check your water meter and wait two hours before anyone uses the water. Recheck your meter and ensure the reading is the same. If it’s different, you might have a plumbing issue. You can either deal with it immediately or wait if you already exhausted your funds. Being aware of the situation, however, helps you plan for future renovations.
3, Upgrade your electricals
When moving to a newer house, you are likely to get those adorable stainless-steel appliances every kitchen lover covets. However, older homes may be a challenge unless the previous owners renovated. While such an upgrade will cost you a few thousand dollars, it’s easier to get it done before moving since the rooms are empty. You won’t experience disruptions from your schedule, and you won’t have to deal with old appliances that use more energy and hike utility bills. Besides your kitchen, check your bathroom, TVs, lamps, lighting, and reading lights.
4, Research local businesses
Are you moving to a different town? Knowing the new local business center will come in handy. On moving day, for instance, you may need to eat our since you’ll probably be too tired to cook. Even if you decide to cook, you’ll need to shop for groceries and other supplies. Also, you’ll need new décor, hairdresser, cleaning services, and much more. Check out apps like Yelp to see who to trust in your new area but visit the store and have a chat with the attendant to know for sure.
5, Clean the house
Your new house will not be as clean as you’d like it to be. Instead of waiting until you move, call a professional cleaning service provider and have them turn the house inside out and clean out any dirt. Steam the carpets, wipe the cabinets, and clean the bathrooms and toilets. Make sure you don’t deep clean too early, or dust will settle right back before you move.
6, Locate the fuse box and main water valve
Knowing where the circuit breaker and the main water valve is vital. For instance, you may need to take care of an electric or water fault. Know which fuse controls what and label them to make it easier for everyone else in the house. Similarly, check if the water valve functions correctly and if there is any water running after you switch it off. If you notice any dysfunction, replace the valve.
7, Prepare to move
After taking care of everything on this list, you are inching closer to moving day. Declutter your current home and donate or sell items you no longer use. Take note of what needs replacement and keep the layout of your new home in mind, so you pick the right sizes. Start collecting free moving boxes from local retailers to save a few bucks. Color code every box and create a schedule for the moving day.
Moving to a new house may be exciting, but your excitement won’t last if you don’t take care of essential things. Go through this list again and ensure you’ve checked every box. Remember to inform your friends and family that you are moving to a new house and share the address with them.