Moving into a new home is often referred to as one of life’s most stressful experiences. There is a lot of uncertainty and anxiety, as well as plenty of hard work. You are literally packing up your life and unpacking it somewhere else, but even when you are in the new home, there is more to be done before you can truly relax. While some tasks can wait until you have settled in, there are some more urgent issues which you should try to attend to as soon as you can. Here are 6 important steps to take after moving into a new home.
1| Check all your possessions are present and intact
Step one is to check through all of your furniture and fragile items to ensure everything has arrived in one piece. If you have used a moving firm to pack and move your home, you need to tell them as soon as possible if you have any complaints.
2| Unpack the bedroom and other essentials
The first rooms to unpack are the bedrooms including getting beds put up and bedding unpacked. At the end of a busy day of moving and unpacking you want to have your bed ready to flop into so you can get some much-needed rest. You might also want to have a shower, and of course you will need to eat, so get out the food, plates and cutlery and toiletries.
3| Arrange the utilities
You need to find out which companies are supplying your gas, electricity and water. Often you will be placed onto standard tariffs by default, but these are usually the most costly. Find out which tariff you are on and provide your readings to ensure you don’t get charged for energy used by the previous owners. When you know your tariff, you can start shopping around for a better deal.
4| Explore the new home
Your new home will be unfamiliar, so it’s a good idea to take some time to look around and get to know where everything is. From your water valve and fuse box to your boiler, you should be trying to find out what you have inherited. You should also keep an eye out for signs of pest infestations.
New homeowners should get a home warranty that protects your appliances, plumbing and heating systems. A home warranty means that you pay a small monthly fee so that when your appliance breaks because of wear and tear you can get it fixed quickly and without a large upfront cost. You may have inherited an old or failing heating system, for example, but a home warranty will give you great peace of mind.
5| Start cleaning
Before you start unpacking all of your boxes and placing your furniture you should clean as much as you can. Vacuum all the carpets, clean hard floors, clean surfaces including countertops and the windows. You can now start with a blank canvas.
6| Consider home security
You need to feel safe in your own home so take steps to find out how secure it is. You may want to change the locks and ensure the windows cannot be opened from the outside. Install smoke detectors around the home and, if you feel it is needed, install a home security system with cameras and an alarm.