What to do Before You Move into a New Home
Congratulations! You survived the time- and energy-draining process of buying a new home!
After saving up and months of searching for the right property, applying for a bond and patiently waiting for the keys to the front door, it’s time to move in.
Moving can be stressful, so it’s important to prepare as much as you can before the big day arrives. With our tips of things to do before you move in, you’ll be ready when the moving truck beeps.
Change the Locks
It’s important to keep your family and your property safe. You don’t want a stranger running around with a key to your front door, so changing the locks at your home is a natural step. You’ll never know how many keys are floating around for your new home unless you get new locks or re-key the existing locks.
The previous owners may have given a key to neighbours, workmen, relatives, or cleaning services, and you’ll get some peace of mind if you get new ones. Do it before moving in.
Update Your Address
Changing your address doesn’t have to be a daunting process. It’s best to do this as early possible, so you don’t have to rely on the new tenants of your old home to forward your mail. This is not just important for any bills you might still receive through snail mail, but also remember to update any auto-saved addresses on your browsers, so that the next time you shop online, your goodies don’t end up at the wrong address.
Also, update magazine or box-style subscriptions, contact your car insurance and registration provider to change your address, update your details on the electoral roll and let your bank know you’ve moved too.
Moving can be stressful, so it’s important to prepare as much as you can before the big day arrives.
A Complete Clean
It is far easier to give the home a good clean before all the furniture has been moved in. Take advantage of the fact that the home is empty and hire a professional cleaning service to clean every corner of the home.
There probably won’t be another time that the home is completely empty until you decide to sell and move out. Make the most of the opportunity to get into any hard to reach spots and give them a clean, especially if the previous occupants didn’t leave things quite as tidy as you’d like.
Tackle Major Maintenance Tasks
Tackling major maintenance issues will make it easier for you as the new homeowner. Ideally, your home inspector should have let you know about every leak, rewiring or damages that need to be seen to.
With a simple double-check, you can give yourself peace of mind. Also, before moving, head to your new place with a box of batteries and test every smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector – ditto for all the lights and plug adapters.
Get Organised with Closets and Shelves
Knowing how you are going to organise your storage before you move in is important. If there aren’t any built-in storage solutions, construct these before you move. The same goes for your kitchen and bathroom. Make a list of everything that needs storage space, go around to your new home and note down where things will go.
It’s never quite possible to know how the space will work for you until you have lived in it, but making a start can help prevent sitting with a pile of stuff that keeps growing.
Knock out these to-dos before moving in and you’ll be able to enjoy life in your new home stress-free, the way you deserve. Using the tips and hints, you’ll find that moving into your house can really be a pleasant experience. You’ll feel right at home in a jiffy! Happy moving!