Moving isn’t an enjoyable experience for people. Leaving behind your childhood dwelling – the house of bittersweet memories – and relocating to another neighborhood can be stressful. But there are several simple methods to turn this taxing experience into a pleasant episode. Remember that change is a part of man’s life, and a few preparations can make change a positive occurrence. So, we’ve compiled a list of things to do before moving into your new house. Make sure that you mark tick on all these points:
Things to do before settling in your dream home
- Transfer Your Utilities
Remember to transfer utilities – gas, water, and electricity – before moving into your residence. Don’t forget to set up these utilities immediately after you’ve brought the property. It isn’t a good idea to delay informing your utility company as they’re – generally – well-timed when it comes to activation. Notify them of your residence change, especially if it’s the moving season when companies deal with several accounts. So, accomplish this crucial responsibility ASAP.
- Change Your Address
Don’t expect former tenants to forward your letters. Remember to update your address before you move into your newly bought residence. Inform the post office right away about your house change to ensure that mail’s going to the accurate location. Also, it would help if you took these actions:
- Change your details on the electoral roll
- Inform your bank/s that you’ve switched houses
- Notify your car insurance and registration providers
- Repair the House
It’s imperative to make necessary renovations before you call this new house home. Is the structure built the way you fancy? Homeowners often pursue domestic refurbishing when they purchase a house. Also, look for asbestos infestations inside the building. Don’t forget to ascertain there isn’t a secret insect colony thriving inside your floorboards. You should find water damage assistance as well by contacting your local IIRC-certified experts. In short, make safety your foremost priority.
- Check Smoke Detectors
Don’t compromise on your family’s health and safety. Make sure that your home’s carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are working just fine. This maintenance includes replacing worn-out batteries or reinstalling entire components. Experts have suggested installing these detectors in your kitchen, laundry room, or hallway leading to your bedroom. Since fires tend to begin from these places, also, if your house consists of multiple floors, ascertain installing detectors on every one of them.
- Refresh the Paint
What’s the method to eventually make the house feel like your true home? A cost-effective method involves giving the interior (and possibly the exterior) a fresh coat of paint. Don’t move your furniture inside the building before refreshing the paint throughout the house. Also, don’t forget to hire professionals to get the job done! Since painting DIY for the first time in the house seems a risky endeavor.
- Deep Clean the House
You don’t know how former residents have treated this building. So – before moving inside with wife and kids – contact a cleaning company to wash the entire structure. Ensure that you’re hiring merely professional and well-experienced cleaners who wear the proper uniform and utilize biodegradable chemicals. These professionals will rinse out every nook and cranny of your dream home. Look for mold and asbestos growing in shady places. Ensure cleaners do a thorough job in the kitchen.
- Pick the Right Guys
Don’t forget to employ the services of a reputable and well-experienced moving company. Only hire movers who have been reviewed positively online. Also, consult your friends/family and ask them to recommend you a trustworthy moving company. Remember to ask movers about their list of non-allowable or objects they refuse to carry for customers. These non-allowable may include stuff like paint, pesticides, and aerosol cans. Schedule the moving date with them before relocating.
- Pack the First-Night Box
Unpacking your valuables inside the new house takes time. So, remember to pack a first-night box, a package filled with your most essential belongings. This package will contain your towels, clothes, toiletries, pajamas, and other essentials. Ascertain that these objects are readily available when you first move inside with your family. This precaution will make the transition seamless and smooth for the entire household. So, don’t forget to carry this first-night box on your person while moving.
- Get a Storage Unit
During packing your belongings, homeowners find the clutter lying around the house and usurping much-needed space there. It’s time to declutter your unused stuff, old furniture, old correspondence, smelly books, and documents. You should reserve a storage unit to dump this clutter. It’ll also help you bring less stuff to your new home. At the same time, these seldom-utilized “valuables” are kept inside that unit for safekeeping and space-saving.
Last year, a survey revealed that some 45% believed moving to be a more stressful event than a divorce/breakup. Packing and unpacking your belongings collected by your family for generations isn’t a “fun” activity for most homeowners, it seems. But you can make relocation a more seamless process by following the checklist mentioned above. Don’t delay our instructions until after you’ve moved. Make sure that you’ve arranged everything before moving inside your dream home with the entire family.