Feb 22, 2019
Moving into a new house is a milestone for anyone. You saved up enough money, you checked out properties for sale on Gumtree, you decided on a new home, and then you closed the deal. It’s the start of a new life, and you can’t wait what the world has to offer.
However, before you load your things into the moving truck and go to your new house, here are some things you need to do before settling in:
Connect to the Providers
To make your house livable as soon as you move in, make sure that the electricity, water, and Internet are all installed. If there were previous tenants, update your details so your name is the one registered.
If you’d like to add some additional outlets or update everything with new sockets and wiring, hire an electrician. Don’t do the work yourself because installing the wires is a complicated task. If you do it yourself without proper knowledge, you might end up disrupting the circuits.
Update Your Contact Information
You need to update the important people of your life of your new address, not only your friends and relatives but also official businesses such as these:
Subscriptions (magazines, diet meal plans, and others)
You can send an email or text message to your family and friends to update them of your new home, so when they come to visit you, they won’t be surprised with the strangers who moved into your old house.
Change the Locks
When the realtors finally hand the keys over to you, change the locks on your doors as soon as you can. It’s for you and your family’s safety. Not to be too suspicious or anything, but who knows if the previous owners, realtors, and anybody else they knew still keeps spare keys of your new home.
Before you even bring your stuff inside the house, make sure that you already changed the locks on the doors. The exterior doors, the one on the front and back, are especially crucial. Those doors secure the inside of your house, so prioritize them.
Get duplicates of keys for the new locks so other members of the family have their own set. If you want, you can give spare keys to your best friends as well.
Clean the House
The new house must be somewhat clean when you visited to check out. Whether there were previous owners or not, it could have been weeks or months that it was empty, which means nobody was there to clean it regularly.
You can hire a professional cleaner to do a deep house cleaning. If you don’t have the budget to hire a service, you can do it yourself. Get the proper equipment like mops, trash bags, brooms, and many others. Wear appropriate attire, too, to protect yourself from all the dust and dirt. You can wear overalls, rubber gloves, and a face mask.
If you want to change the color of the walls, better do it now while the house is still mostly empty. You don’t have to bother covering up your stuff, and they won’t be in the way while you apply a new coat of paint.
But before you do, you might want to observe the interior on different times of the day. Check how the light hits the walls. Look at how the natural light brightens the rooms. You can also install the new bulbs, so you see how they reflect on the walls. Once you know how it looks on different lighting, you can pick a color that best suits your taste.
Pack an Overnight Box
The day of the move is going to be a long and tiring one. You’ll spend hours loading and unloading the boxes and moving everything. You won’t be able to finish unpacking and putting everything into place in a day.
It’s, therefore, a good idea to pack an overnight box. It should contain all the essentials that you need for an overnight stay. It should include:
Extra set of clothes
These should be enough to make your first night comfortable, so you don’t have to rush or dig deep into boxes where your clothes and toiletries are. Then, the next day, you can continue unpacking everything else.
Make sure that you do all these things before you move into your new house. It should help you lessen the stress of all the carrying, driving, and unpacking you have to do. Follow these tips before you set foot into your new place, and you’ll feel right at home in no time.