Okay, there is a lot to do when you are shifting to a new address and we have addressed this issue a number of times in our previous blogs. The important things that you need to do before you pack your bags and leave for your new abode across the nation can be hundreds in number. However, not all of them are of critical nature. But again, there are a few that must be addressed at the right time, which means before the move, to ensure a smooth transition. So, without much ado, let us talk about the top 3 important things that must be done before you move to a new place.
1. Perform a Walkthrough
The only perfect time to perform a full walkthrough of your new home is when it is empty. So before arranging your furniture and unpacking your goods (and even before you unload the truck, if possible), check your home. You will want to confirm, with other things, the following:
- The previous owner has made the requested and agreed repairs
- All the items to be included in the sale is already in the house
- Everything is in perfect condition, including switches, outlets, and fixtures.
If you discovered issue that is against the sale agreement (for instance: the ex-occupant moved out with the washer and dryer when they were supposed to leave them in the house), reach out to your real estate agent quickly to find out what you can do. As regards issues you discovered that was not mentioned in your contract, they have become your responsibility, but it helps to find out what they are.
2. Child/Pet Proof (if possible)
If you are relocating into another residence with little children (or even just your pet) then a quick step will be handling some childproofing to protect everyone until you can complete your setup. Consider tips on how to childproof a home quickly on the day of your move, which includes ideas like making a different, child-free zone for leftover packing supplies and inspecting all windows to ensure they are properly locked and don’t have any cords hanging out of the blinds. Also, keep away all dangerous items like glassware, box cutters, cleaning supplies, and so on, from your children’s reach.
3. Find out what goes where
You will save more time and trouble when moving to another residence if you create a plan to tackle and set up everything instead of just doing it anyhow. This is especially true for heavy and large belongings like furniture. While you likely have a basic idea of which item goes where in your home, allow yourself some time to determine how exactly you want the arrangement to look. You certainly can make changes later, but handling this task with a plan is always a way to simplify the job.
4. Ensure your Utilities are connected
You likely have taken care of scheduling your utilities to be ready for you before you move into your new residence, in which case the best time to ensure that everything is set to go and working appropriately is now. On the day of your move, check that your gas, water, electricity, cooling and heating, internet, and phone are set up. Then contact your local waste management center to make sure that your new residence is properly set up for junk removal too.
5. Find the Fuse Box and Water Valve
The fuse box and water valve both need to be where you can easily locate them when needed. It is important to know where they are now so that if you need to turn off the water for a certain reason or your power goes out; you will easily be able to access them directly. Generally, your fuse box will possibly be in your garage, basement, or storage room, while you can often locate the water valve of your home in a place within your house.
6. Perform a Thorough Clean
You don’t want to go through the extra stress of cleaning your new home right after you have completed a daunting moving process, but immediately after your move is the best time to handle it. If your time is fixed or doesn’t have much strength to put on cleaning gloves and work with a mop right now (and we understand), consider getting the help of professional cleaners instead. Whether your time or expense is your payment, beginning your new life in your new residence afresh is very much worth it.
7. Prioritize Repairs
Unless you are relocating into another home that wasn’t occupied before, you are likely going to find some repair projects. You should have a comprehensive idea of what these repairs are from your home inspection, but it is still a good idea to walk around on your own and find out the things to be done and the ones to give the most priority.
While you don’t need to start working on these repairs immediately (there will be a lot of time for that after settling in), creating a list of the things you need to complete and the priorities, you plan to do will help you plan your repairs and provide you a better time to start the repair.
8. Change your Locks
It is always a better idea to change the locks on the new home you moved to. Even if the previous occupant weren’t your concern, you never know who might have a key. This is clearly one of the areas where you need safety more than sorry, so have a locksmith come by or, if you can DIY, change the locks yourself. Re-key the locks on the entire doors between the interior and exterior of your household, as well as the windows. It is a small cost to pay for so much peace of mind.
9. Change your Address
You may already initiate a change of address with the post office before the day of your move, but if not, the time is now. Make sure you tell others of your move, including family and friends, your bank, subscription services, loan providers, as well as anyone else who often sends you bills or correspondence. You can get a full list of who to notify by clicking here. If you’ve moved to another state, then you will also need to speak with your DMV to get a new driver’s license as well as updated vehicle registration.
Here is the complete moving checklist
7 Important Tasks to Perform after your Move
1. Meet your Neighbors
It is so much easier and less awkward to meet your neighbors and get it right immediately you moved in. ad together with starting on the right track in your new neighborhood, meeting your neighbors is great for beginners to learn about your community and for obtaining recommendations for local services (if needed). You don’t need to knock on every door, but try to introduce yourself the first time that you meet a new neighbor. Just a little friendliness can make a huge difference.
2. Create a Maintenance Checklist
You can easily take everything that the maintenance team of your apartment takes care of for granted. Make a list from the beginning, so you don’t forget these chores later. Consider these suggestions:
- Clean plumbing fixtures
- Clean range hood filter
- Clean trash disposal
- Check fire extinguishers
- Change HVAC filters
- Clean drains
- Thoroughly clean entire home
- Check water filtration systems
- Run water in occasionally used faucets
- Test your house’s carbon monoxide and smoke detectors
- Vacuum refrigerator coils
- Arrange termite inspection
- Inspect kitchen and bathroom grout, including caulking
- Clean patio and porch areas
- Clean the exterior dryer vent
- Assess exterior drainage
- Clean chimney
- Check all plumbing
- Check home exterior and roof
- Service heating/cooling systems
- Clean gutters
3. Change the Locks
You don’t know the number of copies of the key was out there before you receive them or who had them. Also, try installing a home security system or deadbolt, and make additional copies of your key.
4. Replace your Air Filters
It takes around ten seconds and will not just improve air circulation but prevent your air system or HVAC from consuming more energy releasing lower quality air.
5. Find your Fuse Box and Main Water Valve
Better to know these in case of emergencies, or if you have to fix a power or water problem and need to disconnect electricity or water supply.
6. Fire Protection
Ensure smoke alarms are set up and are working perfectly. If you have a multi-leveled story, try getting a roll-up ladder.
7. Go Round the Neighborhood
Drive around your new area. Locate a new favorite bar, restaurant, and boutique. Be on top of local events and happenings by checking local websites or, if you prefer old school, register for local newspapers or magazines. It is the ideal way to help your new home to feel like it.
Moving into another home is a bit tiring, but following the steps mentioned above can reduce the stress on the transitioning and make it more seamless. It is, however, a great task, so be free to seek help, whether it is coming from a family member or friend or an expert service provider. The sooner that you can handle the big tasks, the sooner you will start feeling at home in your new residence.