7 Things to Know Before Moving Into a New Home

Moving into a new home is super exciting, but there’s a lot to consider before you’re able to fully enjoy the place. While we consider moving steps, like packing boxes and shipping them, to be what’s standing in our way of settling in, it’s the things you do after that make a difference.

For example, comparing iSelect home insurance can determine whether Australians pay more or less for their coverage. Besides buying insurance, here are other things you should know.

1. Do a Walkthrough

When your home is completely empty, you’ll be able to complete a full walkthrough without moving the furniture. While taking a look around, double-check that:

  • All requested repairs were conducted by the previous homeowner.
  • Everything that was supposed to be included in the sale is present.
  • Your switches, outlets, and fixtures are working optimally. 

If you find a major issue in your sales contract, like the homeowners took their washer and dryer when they said they wouldn’t, call them up and get that settled right away.

2. Child Proof or Pet Proof

If you have pets or children, do some initial pet or childproofing when you’re given the keys. Ensure you cover up outlets, check the windows for openings, and clear the kitchen and bathroom for potential hazards. Keep box cutters and glassware away from children.

3. Set Up Your Utilities

Start switching over your utilities three weeks before you move. As a rule, you should give your providers as much notice as possible if they need to set up service manually.

There are five basic utilities. You may be responsible for all of them.

  • Natural Gas/Heat
  • Electricity/Hydro/Power
  • Sewer and Water
  • Track/Recycling Pick-Up
  • Internet and Cable

Most providers won’t charge to transfer over your utilities if you give them enough notice.

4. Do a Deep Clean

When cleaning a house before moving in, you should have a game plan to make the job go more efficiently. For each room, you should start high, like the light fixtures and ceilings, then move down gradually until you tackle the floor. The best place to begin your deep clean is the bathroom.

Then, move to your kitchen. Next, clean your living room, hallways, and bedrooms. Finally, get your floor professionally cleaned. It’s your last chance to do so without having to move furniture.

5. Locate the Water Valve and Fuse Box

Quickly walk around the outside of your property and in the basement to find your water valve and fuse box. It’s a small task that could save you a lot of stress if you need to use them.

6. Change Your Locks and Address

Always change your locks on moving day, even if you’re not worried that the previous owners will walk into your home. You never know who may have the key, so it’s better to be safe than sorry. Schedule a lock-smith on moving day, or if you’re confident, change the locks yourself.

If you haven’t changed your address as of yet, speak to the post office when you can. Be sure to notify subscription services, loan providers, the bank, and your friends and family of your move. You’ll also have to change your license and registration if you move to another state or country.

7. Introduce Yourself to Your Neighbors

It’s less awkward and easier to meet your neighbors right when you move into the neighborhood. It’s always helpful to speak to your neighbors about local businesses, services, events, and festivals, as you may find something in common to do together.

You don’t have to introduce yourself to all of your neighbors at once. Just make a point to talk to them if you see your neighbors walking around the neighborhood or sitting outside.

About RJ Frometa

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