- While moving can be nerve-wracking, there is a way to simplify it.
- Break the process down into more manageable tasks and make a detailed moving checklist to guide you.
- Do not forget to stay calm and take care of yourself.
So, you are finally moving into a new home. Congrats! However, it is still early to open the bottle of champagne you have kept for this occasion. There are still numerous immediate tasks you need to complete.
While moving can be nerve-wracking, there is a way to simplify it. Break the process down into more manageable tasks and make a detailed moving checklist to guide you.
In this article, we will cover six crucial steps to take when you get the keys to your new home.
Thoroughly Inspect a House
One of the primary decisions for any homebuyers is whether to purchase a new or used house. Buying a new home gives you peace of mind. Knowing that all systems are up to date, you do not need to do detailed home inspections or waste money on repairs and maintenance. New home builders in Phoenix, where I live, offer unique benefits for homebuyers and let them adapt the home to their preferences.
When purchasing a used home, hire a real estate agent and review the home inspection report. Before you start getting unpacked, look around with your real estate agent. For example, make sure that everything that was included in the contract is present in the house. Check for any plumbing leaks. Inspect floors and walls and ensure outlets, switches, and fixtures are in working order.
Do a Deep Clean
Moving to a new house is an opportunity to design a space that reflects your lifestyle. Bare walls and floors are waiting for you to personalize them. However, before you get started on the fun aspect of the moving process, you need to clean your new home from top to bottom.
No matter how meticulous they are, previous homeowners left behind grime and dirt that need to be removed before settling in. Even if the home is brand-new, you should deep-clean it. Just imagine how many people visited it during the open house viewings. Here are a few steps to take:
- Dust lighting fixtures, ceiling fans, and air conditioners that can sprinkle dust onto your floors and furniture.
- Wipe kitchen cabinets, ceilings, floors, countertops, and your sink. Next, do your appliances. Start with your fridge, microwave, oven, stovetop, and dishwasher.
- Sanitize the bathroom, including your bathtub, toilet seat, toilet paper holder, faucets, etc.
- Mop floors to remove dirt and allergens. For carpets, consider using a steam cleaner.
If you have no time or strength to grab a mop (we do not judge you), you can always hire professionals to do the job for you. Whether you pay in time or money, stepping into a clean home is worth the investment.
Change the Locks
Even if you trust the previous owners, you never know how many people may have a key to your new home. That is why you should contact a locksmith and get the locks on all exterior doors changed. Sure, if you feel confident enough, you can find online tutorials and change the locks on your own.
Find a Fuse Box and a Water Valve
What is the first thing to do when your power goes out or when you have a plumbing emergency? That’s right – you should go straight to your fuse box or water valve. Identify them immediately instead of searching for them when you need them. A fuse box is usually located in your basement or garage, while your water valve can be either inside or outside the house.
Update your Address
One of the essential steps to take when moving to a new home is updating your address. Here is who you should notify first:
- Personal contacts, such as your relatives, friends, school, employer, clubs
- Healthcare professionals, including your doctor, dentist, veterinarian
- Government services, including voter registration, social security, postal services, the IRS
- Services, such as phone, cable, and internet providers, water providers, energy suppliers
- Financial institutions, such as banks, loan issuers, credit card companies
Get to Know your Neighbors
By getting to know the people in your neighborhood, you will meet new friends, learn more about your community, and start getting recommendations for local services.
Now, that does not mean you should go door to door. Kindly introducing yourself the first time you come across a neighbor will help you get yourself off on the right foot in your community.
Over to You
Moving into a new home can be stressful, emotional, and exhausting. Precisely because of that, do not forget to stay calm and take care of yourself. You do not have to do it all in one day. Plan your every move strategically and set clear priorities. Moving into a new home is the beginning of a new life, so make your memories positive and unforgettable.
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