10 Things You Should Do Immediately After Moving into a New House
Moving into a new house should be an exciting time in a family’s life. Of course there is a lot to do, but you can make it easier on yourself by staying organized and doing some chores in advance. Then once your possessions are delivered you can set about making the house your new home.
Planning ahead will make the settling in process of moving into a new house a less stressful experience. One piece of advice that you should take to heart is “never plan on moving in on closing day”, even if the prior owners are out of the home in good time. Having one family moving out while another is trying to move in makes for a chaotic situation. In fact, you should try to schedule your move-in date at least a few days after you close on the house. This will give you some time to get the house ready before the moving truck arrives. Here are 10 ideas to make the process go more smoothly:
If you know in advance which rooms you want painted, getting the job done before you move in is a very practical idea.
You want to start out with a clean home, so doing a full clean or hiring a cleaning service to do the job before all of the furniture is moved in will make the process much easier. If you have the time, wipe out cupboards, put down new shelf paper and other similar tasks in advance.
3. Buying a Few Necessities
On the day before the truck arrives, purchase some bottled water or pop and a few snacks to share with the movers. If the fridge wasn’t included in the house purchase, ensure you have a cooler filled with ice to keep necessary items cold. Pack a “first off” box with basic necessities such as toilet paper, liquid soap, light bulbs, plastic plates and cups to avoid emergencies.
4. Floor Plan
Prepare a floor plan in advance, so you and your movers know where all major pieces of furniture are to be placed. This will save significant moving time, and make sure heavy items aren’t repeatedly lifted.
5. Taking Delivery
When the moving van arrives have your copy of the mover’s inventory on hand. The van operator will explain how to do the delivery check-off to ensure that all of your belongings arrive at the new house. Make sure boxes are placed in the correct rooms as labelled.
For many people unpacking is one of the worst things about moving. If you have arranged for the mover to do some or all of the unpacking you will still need to be involved to give them direction. Normally movers do not put items away in cupboards although Premiere Van Lines is happy to provide this service. If you are doing your own unpacking, remember to take it in stages so as not to be overwhelmed. Start with the kitchen and then work your way through the other rooms, in order of importance. For the first night in your new home, unpack bed linens, towels and a change of clothes for the next day.
7. Set Up Children’s Rooms
Moving is always a difficult experience for children, so it is important to make them feel as comfortable as possible in their new home. Getting their bedrooms set up should be a priority.
8. Familiarize Yourself with the House
Check out the house to see where the main circuit breaker and the water shut off valve are located. Have a look at the furnace to see how to change filters. Make sure smoke and carbon monoxide detectors have batteries installed. Replace any burned out light bulbs.
9. Safety and Security
It is a good idea to change the locks when moving into a new house; it is best to have this done within the first week. Similarly, you should consider changing security codes for the alarm system if the house came equipped with one.
10. Get to Know the Neighbourhood
Take a tour of the new neighbourhood to familiarize yourself with where various stores are located. Walk or drive the children by their new school. Have Premiere Van Lines arrange for a visit from a local Welcome Wagon representative.