You have taken care of your moving checklist and planned a successful move into a new residence. Congratulations! The transitional period of moving into a new house is full of back-breaking hard work, stress, and worries. Yet, it is a super exciting stage in any person’s life. Now that you have managed a smooth move, it is time to reward yourself and perhaps throw a housewarming party.
But before popping open that bottle of champagne to celebrate your relocation success in grand style, there is plenty of crucial work that needs to be done in your house that brooks no delay. While packing and unpacking are two of the preeminent tasks of moving homes, fully settling into the new home extends beyond that.
Therefore roll up your sleeves and consider getting these immediate essential tasks done at the earliest before calling it a home!
Take a Walk Around
It is crucial to do a complete walkthrough of the property before you unpack your furniture and settle into your new home. You want to ensure that everything is in working order and that all the items included in the sale are present in the house.
Check upon all agreed-upon repairs, test the appliances, electrical system, and switches, and fixtures. Equally important, carefully inspect the bathroom for any plumbing leaks, mold, or water damage.
If you discover any issue that violates the sale contract, such as a missing appliance that should have been there, it is always better to bring it up with your realtor or the appropriate party sooner than later.
Change the Locks
Changing the locks of your new home after moving in is crucial for your and the family’s safety and security. Even if you know the previous owners well enough, you have no idea about any other people who might have the keys to your house. Rekeying the locks will give you peace of mind and ensure that only you have access to the house, and the peace of mind you get weighs the little effort and money you invest into it. Therefore, DIY or call in a locksmith as soon as possible, so you are better safe than sorry!
Take care of your utility connections before your move-in date to ensure that you do not spend your first day in your new home in the dark when the sun goes down.
Before moving in, verify that the electricity, gas heat, water, cooling, phone, cable, and internet connections are set up. Some utility providers allow you to transfer current utilities to the new location depending on where you are moving. But often, you may have to terminate your existing utilities and set up new ones.
Make Necessary Repairs
While they may not be as exciting and glamorous as a kitchen remodel or a new patio, there will likely be some essential repairs you will have to get done in the new house sooner or later.
The most common repairs most new homeowners face include leaky faucets, running toilets, cracked sidings, roof repairs, and perhaps leaky pipes. Consider installing a water softener as it may help prevent plumbing damage by protecting your pipes. Residential water softeners eliminate the excess mineral content from the water, enhancing its taste and smell and making it easier on your skin and clothes.
Change Your Address
Changing your address before the move-in date will save you from the hassles and problems that arise from missed mails or service lapses. Therefore, the earlier you do it, the better it is!
Notify the post office about the change in the mailing address to receive all communication promptly and at the right place. A better idea would be to notify your bank or credit card company and all other essential entities directly. These include the insurance providers, your employer, online retailers you shop with, phone, cable, and internet providers, tax agencies, and utility providers if transferring utilities.
Before you move your furniture in, give your new home a thorough cleaning, especially the toilets. While the previous owners would have likely given the house a good cleaning before handing it over, you never know there may be some spots or hidden places that they may have missed that are filled to the brim with germs and bacteria.
Grab a mop and run it through all the surfaces, give the bathrooms a good scrub with vinegar and baking soda, steam clean the carpets, and wipe down the cabinets and shelves with a disinfectant to get rid of any pests.
If all this seems too much work, you can always consider hiring a cleaning service to get the job done more professionally and efficiently. Making the extra effort to start life in your new home in a fresh and clean state is more than worth it.
There you have it! Moving into a new home can be an overwhelming and exhausting process, and you do not want to make it any harder on yourself than it already has been.
While you may have had enough of the planning and preparation to get there, keeping some crucial additional considerations in mind will help make the transition a bit more smooth and seamless.