Moving is an exciting time! A new home awaits. But, before you move in you will need to take care of a few essential things. Here is a list of some key tasks you will want to take care of when you move into your new house.
It’s possible the previous owners have left your new home in excellent condition, but just in case, if you have the opportunity, spend a day at your new place deep cleaning, literally from top to bottom. Scrub everything from ceiling and exhaust fans to baseboards and carpets, plus everything in between.
Give particular attention to disinfecting the kitchen as well as the bathrooms as those are the rooms where germs linger. Also, replace the toilet seats!
Or, if you just can’t squeeze in the time to do do the cleaning yourself, hire a professional cleaning service to take care of the dirty work for you.
Turn on Utilities
Take care of your utility changes well in advance.
If you are in an area where you need to maintain electricity or gas between the closing date and your moving in, you will need to make arrangements based on your closing date. Otherwise, plan to have the services turned on a day or two before your move-in date. Or, if you plan on doing that deep clean day, make sure your power and water are on for that.
When scheduling the disconnection from your previous home, plan to have the services discontinued a day or two after your scheduled move-out date so that you will have the utilities you need throughout your move.
Set-up Internet and Cable
In this age of technology we depend on these services, so you will want to have them available as soon as you move in.
Contact the internet and cable service companies for at least two to three weeks in advance to schedule service. Sometimes an installation appointment is necessary, so get on the schedule ahead of time to get these services up and running as quickly as possible.
Change the Locks
As soon as you move in, change the locks on all of your doors. Or, hire a locksmith to come and take care of it for you. Since you have no idea how many keys might be floating around out there it’s best to be on the safe side and have the locks replaced.
Take care of changing your address as early as possible so that you don’t have to depend on the new tenants of your previous home to forward your mail.
Notify the post office of your new address through their online form.
Contact businesses and government bodies individually to assure your mail is forwarded to the correct address. Remember to:
- contact car insurance and registration provider to change your address
- update magazine and other subscriptions
- update the details for voter registration
- notify your bank
Personally update your friends and relatives with your new address through a text message or email.
Locate the Main Switches
Locate the circuit breaker box and primary water shut-off valve in your new home. It’s important to know how to shut off the electricity or water in case of an emergency. Also, make sure the circuit breaker panel is labeled correctly.
Let Us Help With Your Move
With so many details for you to take care of you might need some assistance with packing and moving. We can take those tasks off your plate for you so that you have plenty of time to do the rest and enjoy your new home. Give us a call today.