So you’ve successfully chosen your next home, congratulations! You finally signed those dotted lines, and your new home is now yours—no more landlord issues. But don’t be too excited to start moving just yet, as there are more considerations to make and things to do. Moving day can be both exciting and frustrating. How much of each emotion you will experience may depend on how much preparation you can make beforehand. And although the moving day may never be a hundred percent free of stress, you can make the experience more bearable with a little bit of planning and precautions. So, are you excited about moving into your new home? Here are a few things you need to do before you finally settle down.
Inspecting your new home should be a no-brainer. You should be able to do that before making any purchase or agreeing with your landlord in the first place. However, even after getting your keys, the first thing you need to do is take a thorough look around the home and consider what improvements you should make before moving in.
Pay particular attention to issues that have to do with mold and pests, as those are easier to handle before you move in. If you don’t have the experienced eye needed to identify them, then it is best to hire a professional’s services. Ideally, it is best to carry out precautionary measures like termite inspection pest control before purchasing your home. But better late than never.
Inform your loved ones about your new location
It is vital to inform your loved ones about your move, your new location and update them with your new contact information. Start by sending simple text messages or emails to notify every important person about your change of contact, new location, and moving day. Also, take the time to change your address as early as possible by notifying the post office of your new address.
Next, contact every significant government body and your employers to make sure your emails go to the right place. The last thing you want is to keep relying on the new occupants of your old home to keep forwarding your mails to your new address. Also, update all your online subscriptions and notify your bank about your location. If you have an insurance provider, it’s best you also contact them with your updated information.
Moving day can be very stressful, and the last thing you need is your little ones running around when professional movers are trying to do their job. If you can’t find a way to get them to help you pack, it is best to ask a family member or a trusted friend to take them in until the hard work is done. The same applies to your furry buddies. Don’t forget to encourage your little ones to pick their special stuff into one box before moving day. Doing this will make it less complicated for them to settle in their new home, as everything they love will be in a single box. When it comes to your pets, you can leave them with a neighbor or family member until you settle in. Alternatively, you can also confine them to a closed room while the professional movers do their work. Doing this will help ensure that your pets are not a source of distraction and delay.
Locks and keys
To be absolutely safe, it is best not to rely on the original keys dropped into the palm of your hands when you first gain access to your new home. You never know how many of those keys are floating around. Therefore, the first safety precaution you can take is to change the locks on every door of your new home – well, at least the main door. If your new home had been on the market for a while, you can’t tell how many others may have access to copies of the old keys. That is a precautionary measure to take before you move into your new home, or at most, a couple of days after moving.
Do some deep cleaning
One of the first important things you need to do before settling down is to clean your new home. After successfully going through your moving process, the last thing you’ll feel like doing is cleaning. But that is just what you need to do. However, you might not find any relationship with a mop too healthy immediately after moving in, and understandably so. So, if you lack the time or desire to do any deep cleaning, you can consider hiring the service of professional cleaners instead, which will cost you some extra cash. But no matter what you opt for, your new home deserves a deep and thorough cleaning to usher you into your new life.
Prioritize all necessary repairs
Unless you are moving into a newly built home, you’ll probably find several things that need repairing. That is why you should take enough time to inspect the property before moving in. That should give you a general idea of how much repair work is required. When examining the place, try out every door handle, open and close each window, listen to the movement of every door hinge, and so on. Unlike doing some deep cleaning, you can take your time with the repair works, as they’re not a matter of priority. So, note down every critical repair work and prioritize them according to which ones are more pressing.
Get to know your new neighborhood
If you have the chance, try getting to know your neighborhood before you move. It is essential to take this step even before you purchase your new home. However, meeting your new neighbors will be a bit awkward if you haven’t moved in yet, so that can wait.
But as soon as you move in, ensure that you introduce yourself to them as quickly as possible. Getting off on the right foot with your neighbors is very important, as you can rely on them to learn about your new community. They can also offer you some helpful tips on finding the right services, especially when you start your home repair works.