It won’t be long until you close on your new house! In the meantime, chances are you’re brainstorming how each room will look. Maybe you’re even looking at the calendar to schedule a housewarming party with friends and family.
But before you get too far ahead of yourself, be sure to have a plan for moving day. Whether you’re moving from out of state or a nearby neighborhood, the process involves a lot more than you think. So come up with a well-organized strategy and know that some parts of the move will still be chaotic.
Here are a few tips for moving into a new house.
Take off from work
Transitioning from one residence to another requires more than a few hours in the evening. You’ll be unpacking boxes, waiting on deliveries, and scheduling installations. And regardless of the size of your new home, these tasks can be time-consuming.
Do yourself a favor and take some time off from work. The last thing you want is to come home after a long day only to be greeted by boxes everywhere. Even dedicating just one or two days to moving will help you get settled sooner.
Use high-quality moving supplies
You’re about to write one of the biggest checks of your life. With that in mind, you may be tempted to pinch pennies as you budget for moving day. But unless you want to risk breaking or damaging valuables, it’s best to use top-of-the-line packing materials.
Let’s say your closing day is a Friday. You get through all the necessary paperwork in the morning and then start moving into your place immediately after. Then you and maybe your spouse begin placing boxes in their designated rooms.
What about the larger stuff such as furniture, mattresses, and the TV? This is where several friends or family members can be of huge assistance. Again, remember to have a plan so that everyone knows what they’re doing and where certain things go in the house.
It’s also worth bribing your helpers with food or drinks!
Change your locks
You’ll likely never know what the previous owners did with their keys. Make it a point once you move in to switch out the locks. It’s a relatively simple task that will give you and your family peace of mind.
Protect your kids (and fur kids)
This is a big one whether you have kids or pets. Moving day presents a number of opportunities for children and four-legged companions to cause havoc. Save yourself the headache by either child-proofing or puppy-proofing your new home ahead of time.
Additionally, this resource from American Financing offers ways to make moving with kids easier.
Locate the water valve and fuse box
Why is this important on moving day? Well, sooner or later, you will need to turn off the water or deal with a power outage. You don’t want to end up scrambling in case of an emergency, so take the few seconds and note the locations of the fuse box and water valve.
Set up a home security system
By this point, your new house is starting to look like home. Ensure the safety of your family and possessions with an affordable home security system. Today’s homeowners typically choose from door sensors, cameras, motion detectors, and smart doorbells.
Perform a thorough cleaning
Nothing beats the scent of a freshly cleaned home! That’s especially true after moving into a new residence. So spend a day scrubbing, mopping, vacuuming, and sweeping everything from top to bottom.
You’ll see that a clean home is a happy home.
Determine what needs work
Expect to make a list of repairs unless you bought a new construction home. It goes without saying that high-priority tasks, such as electrical and plumbing projects, should be toward the top. You might need to hold off on less pressing issues such as home additions or decorative ideas (room makeovers).
Meet the neighbors
We know — you’d probably rather do a million other things than meet the folks next door. But the reality is that neighbors who are cordial with one another end up looking after each other. That’s a big deal if you often work long hours or travel.
Start the conversation with a real estate agent
Do you envision buying a house in the near future? Then it’s critical to have an experienced real estate agent by your side. At American Home Agents, our realtors walk you through the process while going above and beyond to find you the perfect home.
Give us a call at (303) 695-5900.