Moving into a new home is an exciting experience for some people especially when you’re a cash home buyer, but it can be nerve-wracking too. You want to make sure you have all the necessities and don’t forget anything important before moving day. With that in mind, here are 7 important things you should do before and during your move to your new house!
1. Do a Walkthrough
Before unpacking any furniture and before the move, it’s best to take a full walkthrough of your new home. It is essential to check for missing items, faulty electrical connections, potential insects and pests in appliances or cabinets (hidden away from everyday use), and more. If you find an issue that goes against the sale contract such as if there’s a washer, but not a dryer. Then, call your realtor immediately to see what your recourse is. As for issues you find that were not covered in your contract, they’re your responsibility now. However, it helps to know what they are.
2. Childproof Or Pet Proof the Home
If you’re moving into a new home with children (or even just furry four-legged children), you should do an initial thing: some child proofing. When moving into a new home, it’s easy to forget the child-proofing. You need to make sure that you close all windows securely and remove any corded blinds. For your safety and your kids’, always keep anything dangerous far away from their reach, like box cutters, cleaning supplies, glassware, and more.
3. Get Utilities Set Up
Now is the time to make sure that everything is working and set up. Ensure that your utility services are ready for you before moving day, then take care of the phone, internet, heating/cooling and garbage pickup on moving day. If you don’t have your utilities set up, you won’t have power, making it extremely difficult to move in. The home could be too hot without A/C in the summer or too cold without heat in the winter. Without lights, it’s going to be challenging to see in rooms, closets, hallways, etc… Setting up utilities should be one of the first things you do before moving into your home.
4. Find the Fuse Box and Water Valve
It’s a good idea to identify the location of your home’s fuse box and water valve so you’ll know how to handle an emergency if one arises. Fuses may be located in the basement, garage, or storage room, while a water valve can usually be found near your house perimeter. Locating these will be crucial in the event of a blown fuse due to overuse of electricity or a power outage. If there’s a water leak anywhere, knowing ahead of time where the water shut off valve is could save you thousands of dollars in repair costs.
5. Clean the House
After going through the moving process and handling all of the boxes by yourself, it can be tempting to keep unpacking and tackling new challenges rather than cleaning your home. However, after you’ve moved is when you should deep clean – since most of the dust has settled from being carted around in those cardboard boxes. Once your home is deep cleaned, you’ll feel better about starting fresh in your new residence.
6. Change the House Locks
Changing the locks is common practice when moving into a new home. Particularly, if you are concerned about the previous owner. It can prevent a lot of issues in the future and it’s critical for your and your family’s safety. Even if you’re not concerned about the previous owner, you’ll want to make sure that you change the locks because you never know who has a key to the house. It’s also good to be safe and re-key other interior doors and windows with copies of your key.
7. Update Your Address and Forward Your Mail Through the Post Office
If you haven’t yet, before your move contact the post office and set up a change of address. It is important that you notify every company and individual in advance of the change of address. By being proactive with this process, you can ensure that you won’t have any issues with receiving mail at the old address and having to find it. Likewise, you may also lose your mail forever.
Moving into a new home is a major decision, so make sure to follow these seven steps to help with the transition. As soon as you have taken care of the big-ticket items, your new place will start to feel like home!
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