Moving into a new home can be overwhelming. A lot goes into moving from the moment you decide to house hunt. You have to find a good real estate agent to help you search for a new home, get approved for mortgage, view your potential new homes and show yours and then choose a property that meets your needs.
When all is said and done, you have to pack your stuff, hire a moving company and arrange for a good time to move into your new home. Moving can be stressful and with everything involved, you can forget to do a few things. Moreover, many important steps are often overlooked. Here are a few things you should know before moving:
Pack like a Pro
When packing, don’t just throw things into boxes. First sort your items into what you need and what you don’t need. After identifying what you don’t need or no longer use, sort them into what goes into trash and the things you can give out or donate to charity. Sort the remaining useful items for packing.
Get packing materials such as large boxes and bubble wrap to ensure your stuff arrive in your new home without damages. Label each box for easy access to your things after you get to your new home and need to unpack. Make sure you label boxes with delicate items as ‘FRAGILE’ to ensure they’re handled with care.
Create a list of all the boxes and what’s in them to help you prioritize unpacking later in your new home. The list will also help you direct your moving company to put each box in their respective rooms. For instance, boxes with kitchen items go into the kitchen from where they would be unpacked.
Re-Key or Change Locks
Are you moving into a new building or older house? If the latter is the case, copies of the house keys are probably all over. This is more so true if the house has had many previous occupants. Although this step can easily be overlooked, it can be the difference between your security and having intruders break into your home. Therefore, re-key the locks or change them to be sure you’re the only one with keys or key copies to your house.
Forward All Your Mails
You might not receive all your new mails to your new home right away. Your mails will definitely end up in the mail box of your previous home. Forward all your mails to your new home, online or offline. Each time you receive a new email, forwarded to your new address, share your new address with the sender. Overtime, you should be able to receive all your mails in your new address.
Complete All Electrical and Painting Work in Your New Home
Is there any electrical or painting work being undertaken in your new home? Make sure you finish all electrical and painting work in your new home before moving in. You’ll pay more in fees to have the jobs done in your new home once you move in because the professionals would have to maneuver around your things to get work done.
Therefore, painting your new home and getting wiring done is easier and more cost-effective if done before you move in.
Clean Your New Home
Whether you’re moving into a newly-built home or an older house, it’s important to clean the house before moving in. No matter how clean a garage or house looks, they harbor dirt and gems. Clean your home before moving in to give you an easy time. Change toilet seats and covers used by the previous homeowner for hygiene purposes.
Clean the house thoroughly and if possible, spray it for bugs before moving in. It ensures that you don’t just move into a clean home, but one that’s bug-free. It also helps you save time you’d spend later on after unpacking your things. With the extra time, you can engage in other important house chores such as organizing your home for an enhanced appeal.
Are You Ready To Move?
Before moving into your new home, it’s best to verify that everything is working. Check sockets, extensions, switches, water and power outlets, etc. Although you can do the verifications on your own, it’s best to get an expert opinion. Find a professional to check on all elements of your new home. Hire professionals to get the job done in no time.
Despite the type of home you’re moving into, you need to plan in advance to help you get enough time to pack and do other things related to moving. Ask around for referrals and any tips you can adopt to help you move into your new home hassle-free. It’s also important to hire a professional and reliable moving company to facilitate the moving process.
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