Moving houses is a big decision and process in a person’s life, a milestone many people want to achieve. And it’s usually not a very pleasant process. The stress of finding the right house for your budget, moving all your possessions, and turning your new house into a home can take a toll on you.
It’s very common to forget to do a task that will make your moving and living easier. That’s why we have created a list of things you should do before moving into your new home. Read on to see what they are.
Do a final inspection
You have probably done multiple walkthroughs and inspection of your new home before buying it, but it’s never a bad thing to check every room once again.
You never know if you have missed something that can cause you problems later on. Right before you move into the house will be empty, and it’s the best time to inspect every part of it.
Make sure that all the agreed repairs have been done, every aspect of your contract has been fulfilled, and everything is in working order – if it was stated in the sales contract. Contact your realtor if you encounter any problems.
Make a plan of action
It’s very tempting to go with the flow when deciding where to put your stuff or to just leave it for some other day. This especially goes for smaller items that are easy to leave in the corner for some other time.
Remember that it is a lot easier to set up everything, or at least most of your items, the day of your move since you will be in a mental state of moving.
Create a plan in advance how you will tackle arranging your furniture and decor items. Start with large items like sofa, bed, kitchen items, etc, and move on to smaller pieces. Having a plan will make it easier to set up your home and will save you time.
Clean up your home
You will hopefully enter an already clean house, but it’s not a bad idea to do a general clean up. The day of your move or the day before your house will be empty, so that is the best time to clean it from top to bottom.
Tackle large areas at once to speed up your workflow. That means cleaning all the dust in every room at once, cleaning all the windows and glass, vacuuming, and then moping all the floors, etc.
Doing all the work in one room at a time is not an efficient way to clean and you will lose valuable time and energy. If you don’t want to clean yourself, this is the time to hire a cleaning service too.
List of repairs
Unless you are moving into a completely new or repaired home, there will surely be some repairs in order. You should have a list of needed repairs in your contract, but it doesn’t hurt to walk around and see if anything else needs to be done.
You don’t have to start the projects the same day you are moving in, but it’s very important to have a general idea of what needs to be done so you don’t have any surprises later. Make a list and estimated time of completion for every repair you will do so you can create a schedule and plan of action.
Inspect hidden corners
Crawlspaces and difficult to reach corners can be your worst enemy. Since they are not used or visited, they are the perfect place for many issues to arise. Some of the issues can be leaks, mould, pests, etc.
Crawlspaces and opening under and around your house are a perfect space for pests to decide to live in. They can cause problems and even bring diseases.
A termite infestation is very common in certain parts of your house are not termite-proofed. You will need a termite treatment to solve the problem. Inspect every corner of your house to prevent damage.
Locate the water valve and fuse box
In emergency situations, you have to act fast and rationally, and that can’t be done if you are left looking for the water valve or fuse box for example.
Locate these items the day you move into your home, so if needed you can act accordingly. Most often a water valve is located on the perimeter of your house and the fuse box is in the garage, basement, or storage room.
Moving day can be very stressful as there are many things to do, especially if you are moving as a family and if you have pets. Create a list of action and stick to it as much as you can to make your day easier. Ask for help if you need it, and don’t forget to meet your new neighbours.
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