6 Essential Things to Do When Moving Into a New Home
When you move into a new home, there are many things to consider.
Although we often think that moving steps like packing and unpacking are the only major things before completely moving in, in fact, it’s what you do after moving into a new home that makes the difference.
Connecting with your house, understanding its functions, and determining the priority of the projects you want to work on is an important part of you as a homeowner.
To help you sort out your to-do list, we have compiled a quick list of the six most important things you need to do when you move into your new home.
Get rid of possessions you don’t want or need 🙅
Many first-time homebuyers have a large collection of furniture and home decorations that they have used in apartments or university living quarters. Think about where your current assets will go.
Decide what to do with items that will end up in the closet or basement of your new home, but will be thrown away later.
Consider donating things you don't really want or need, or partner with a friend who has a garage and organize a sale.
Set Up Your Utilities Before Moving In 🪛
Now is the time to make sure that everything is ready to go and working properly.
On moving day, make sure that your electricity, gas, water, heating and air-conditioning, phone, and internet are set up.
Also, call your local waste management facility so that your new home is set up for garbage collection.
Less is More 🪑🪴
Try to postpone the purchase of furniture and appliances until you have moved into your new home, thus reducing the number of heavy objects you need to move.
If you are moving to another state and plan to use professional movers, remember that your moving costs are based upon the weight of your shipment.
If you must shop in advance, see if the retailer will hold your items and deliver them to your new home after you’ve moved into it.
Start Clean 🧼
The last thing you want to do after going through the moving process is probably cleaning your new home from top to bottom, but right after moving is the best time to do it. If you don’t have the time or desire to stick on your cleaning gloves and grab a mop right now, consider a professional cleaning service instead.
Whether you pay in time or expense, it is worthwhile to start out life in a clean home.
Know Your Neighbors 🥮🍰
Living in an apartment means feeling safe and secure when you’re not at home. Most times we don’t even know who is living right next to us.
Being in a house is a little different. Knowing your neighbors not only spreads kindness but also helps you maintain peace of mind in many situations.
Whether you’re waiting on a package or out of the country, your neighbors will be looking out for you and your place.
Prioritize Home Repairs 🔨
Unless you move into a new home without any previous owners, you are likely to have some maintenance projects.
You should already have an idea of what these are, but it doesn’t hurt to walk around and take a look at what needs to be done.
Although you don’t necessarily need to start these repairs immediately (you will have enough time to do them after you settle down), it is a good idea to list the tasks that need to be completed and the order in which you intend to complete them. It will help you put your repair needs into perspective and give you a head start.