Nine Things to do Before Moving into a New Home
Moving into a new home is both exciting and stressful. While packing and organizing are probably at the top of your list, there are a few other things that you will want to take care of before moving. Below, we have listed our advice on what to get done before moving day.
Be sure to contact your service providers to set a disconnect date for your previous home and a to connect date at your new address. This is also the prime time to schedule any installation dates for services like cable and internet. Making sure you do this ahead of time leaves less for you to worry about, and creates a smoother transition for you and your family.
Forward mail and change billing addresses
Visit USPS to update your address to make sure all mail is forwarded to your new house. This is also a good time to take care of updating billing addresses for any credit cards or subscriptions you may have. Doing this ahead of time will make sure that you don’t run into any issues after you’ve finished the move.
Pack an essentials bag
This should include everything you will need the first couple of days and nights during your move. Think a toothbrush, pajamas, changes of clothes, pet food, etc. Not sure if you will remember everything? Take a normal day prior to the move to write down everything you use that day; now you have a packing list!
Organize and label boxes
While this may seem obvious, it’s easy to skip over during the rush of packing before the big move. Make sure to label any fragile objects as such, and assign boxes to rooms, such as “kitchen” or “living room,” to make unpacking in your new home that much easier.
Paint walls and ceilings
The ceiling should be your first order of business if you plan on re-painting, as it can be quite a messy job. If you already know what color to paint the walls, before moving in is the perfect time to do so since all your furniture is already out of the way! If you’re not sure which shade will suit each room best, it may be worth waiting and dealing with later on.
Change existing locks
Even if the seller has assured you that there are no spare keys floating around, it is still a good idea to re-key your locks. This is a basic safety measure, as old friends, neighbors, or even the seller’s real estate agent may still have access to the home. While it is unlikely to be a problem, it is better to play it safe.
Steam clean any carpets
If your new home has a lot of carpeting, it is pertinent that you steam clean them—even if they look clean to the naked eye. Carpets build up bacteria, skin cells, and all kinds of dirt over time. If this makes you re-think the carpeting in your home, perhaps make plans to tear up the carpets and redo the flooring prior to your move in.
Find your new home’s electrical panel and main water shutoff valve
This tip is a good safety measure. If you know where these two things are, you’ll be able to turn the power back on when a breaker flips or shut off the water during a plumbing emergency. Be sure that the electrical panel is labeled. If not, spend some time with a friend or a radio flipping switches and labeling them accordingly. This will save you time in the long run.
Get an energy audit
Unless the previous owner recently had an energy audit and handed over the report to you, it is a smart idea to have an energy audit done on the home. The audit will tell you where you can make efficiency improvements in your new home, ultimately saving you up to 30% on utility bills after upgrades. While you can get an energy audit any time of the year, prior to move-in is a smart move as certain upgrades (like blowing cellulose insulation in the attic) is best done without all your families vintage knick-knacks stored in the way. For a low-cost energy audit in Vermont, visit HEAT Squad or call (802) 438-2303.
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