Moving is sometimes an emotionally taxing, physically draining, and mentally daunting experience. Because there is so much to accomplish in a single day, this can easily become a formula for catastrophe. Do not make life more difficult for yourself than it already is. After all, you are just starting a brand new chapter of your life at your new house.
To keep track of everything as you move into your new home, you might find it helpful to create a checklist of tasks for yourself. When you are compiling your checklist, keep the following in mind:
What Needs to Be Done Before We Go to Bed?
If you haven’t done so before, you should go back and look over the house inspection report as well as any other inspection reports you have. It’s possible that the seller has already fixed certain items for you, but if they haven’t, you’ll have to do it yourself to ensure that everything is functioning to your satisfaction.
During the final tour that you perform with your real estate agent, you should also check for plumbing leaks. Make sure you find out the location of your water shut-off valve and your electrical panels as soon as possible.
The state of your flooring is something else that you ought to inspect before moving in, in case you were wondering about it. Make sure you have everything you need to replace the carpet before the moving truck arrives. It will be much less of a hassle if you complete this task before moving your furniture into the house.
Make sure that you are not caught without any cash.
In spite of the fact that you intend to use your debit or credit card to pay the moving company and for a variety of other charges, having cash on hand can be advantageous in certain situations. You’re going to need cash for tipping people, and you never know when you might find yourself in a position where credit cards are not accepted.
Put the utilities into service.
Notify the utility companies that you will be moving into a new home so that they can transfer the gas, water, electricity, trash, and sewer services into your name. It is a good idea to enquire about this during the closing process because, in some communities, the escrow company is allowed to transfer county utilities. In the event that this does not occur, you will have to call yourself.
After a hard day of unpacking boxes, the last thing you want to do is find out that you don’t have any electricity just as the sun is starting to go down.
Sequester Your Pets
Even if your dogs aren’t easily frightened, you don’t want them to be in the way when you move because it may be a very stressful time for them.
Bring your pets’ bedding, food dishes, litter boxes, toys, and treats in a separate box, and then put your pets and their belongings in a different room. Although it is preferable that the room be as isolated from the commotion and noise as possible, you shouldn’t forget to check on them on a regular basis, even if you are unable to readily detect any sounds of alarm. They will have a better sense of security as a result, which will decrease the likelihood that they will attempt to run out the front door.
Swap Out the Locks
You do not have any way of knowing how many strangers already have the keys to your new property because the previous owner gave them to those individuals. Change the locks on the doors by contacting a locksmith.
If your door does not already have a deadbolt, you can have one installed by a locksmith. The majority of mobile locksmiths will charge anything from $50 to $100 to make a house call, with additional fees for the keys.
Now would be an excellent time to convert all of the locks so that they can be opened with a single key.
Turn on the power to the refrigerator.
Make sure that all of the appliances are plugged in and operational before you walk out the door for the final time because there are some people who unplug the refrigerator and switch it off before they leave the house. Open the door and take a look inside, as it’s very uncommon for sellers to leave a surprise bottle of champagne for the new owners of the home. Make sure that the ice maker is functioning properly as well.
Make sure to update your mailing address.
You are able to alter your mailing address online through the United States Postal Service, but you should be prepared for a period of time during which they may likely mix up your mail, and bear in mind that not all mail is forwarded. Change your mailing address directly with your credit card companies, bank, and any other important organizations with whom you communicate via mail. This additional preventive action should be taken.
It is imperative that you update your address with the Department of Motor Vehicles as soon as possible. Ensure that all of your drivers have up-to-date licenses as well as registrations for their vehicles.
Establish a Safety Measure
The installation of a home security system brings about a sense of calm. If the security firm needs to activate your system and it already has the equipment in your home, it won’t take them very long to do it, so give them a call and see what the process entails.
Some businesses build systems that allow you to activate the security alarm from within the home while you are there at night. This provides an additional level of comfort for homeowners who live alone. Select robust passphrases, one for you and one for each of your guests, and write them down.
Put the internet in place.
Wi-Fi connectivity could be required not just for your desktops, mobile devices, and tablet computers, but also for your home security system. Wi-Fi can also be used by digital doorbells, in addition to home automation programs that can turn lights on and off, open garage doors, and water the grass. It is in your best interest to prepare ahead of time for the installation of Wi-Fi given the length of time it may take for specialists to arrive.
While the expert in helping you connect your devices, don’t forget to configure your television so that you may stream your favorite shows.
Order food and beverages.
On the day of the move, some individuals prepare snacks to take with them. Others like to provide food not only for themselves but also for the friends and family members who are assisting them in moving. However, the day before the move is not a good time to make plans to cook.
Pizza and soda aren’t the only things on the menu for you to choose from. Order a case of beer to be delivered through your preferred food delivery service or get takeout from the Chinese restaurant down the block. Also, make sure you have enough bottled water on hand, particularly if you’re relocating during the warmer months of the year.
Figure Out Sleeping Arrangements
Don’t wait until midnight to realize that all of the movers have gone and you can’t find the screws to set up your bed; do it right away. The beds are the first pieces of furniture that you should set up when you get everything else ready. Be sure that you are aware of the location of not just your pillows but also your bedding as well.
Creating a safe haven for yourself on the night of the relocation and in the days immediately after can be accomplished by focusing first on completing the bedroom. It will be a place where you can go to get away from everything for a while and relax before facing the remaining challenges the next day (or in a few days).
The majority of individuals also bring along an overnight bag that has all the necessities that they will require before going to bed and when they get up the following morning, such as medications, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and contact lenses if they wear them.
Get to Know Your Neighbors
If you see your neighbors staring at you while you’re unloading boxes, don’t wait for them to bring you food in Tupperware or plates piled high with cookies; instead, extend an invitation to come over and help you unpack. There is no guarantee that everyone will approach you and introduce themselves. They could feel as though they are intruding when they do this. Put in extra effort to ensure that you don’t forget people’s names.
Some Last Words of Advice
Put off big remodels until you’ve lived in the house for a while. Settling in and making do with the situation as it is for a while is a good idea since your perspective on how things should be improved may be very different after a year to a year and a half after you’ve spent some time living with the problems that are already there.
If it is at all possible, try to schedule your move for the middle of the month and the middle of the week. You will make significant cost reductions, as prices often reach their highest point on weekends and around the first of the month.
Check the “OK” list provided by the moving company to ensure that everything that you are packing for the movers to transport is permitted. Some flammable goods, such as propane and fertilizer, aren’t allowed, so you’ll have to move them yourself.