When you live in an apartment in Edmonton or any other city in Canada, there are so many things you do not have to think about; they are built into your monthly rent. Moving from an apartment to a house means you will need to plan for the following list well ahead of your move-in date:
- Arrange for utilities. You will need to set up hydro, gas, water, and sewer accounts. Ensure the utility companies do a meter read at your new house just before you take possession.
- When you move to a house from an apartment, you are responsible for the outside maintenance and the inside. You will need to purchase or borrow a snow shovel, lawn mower, grass trimmer, rake, and other gardening tools.
- If your new home does not come with window coverings (blinds or curtains), you will need to budget for these, which can be expensive.
- Arrange for furnace and air conditioning service. Even if you had a home inspection performed, it is advisable to have the furnace and air conditioner serviced to ensure everything is running okay. Change the furnace filter as soon as you move in.
- Check the condition of the furnace vents in each room. If they are dirty or the previous owners or tenants had pets, arrange to have the ducts cleaned.
- Check the interior and exterior windows in your home to see if they need to be re-caulked. Gaps allow cold air drafts and insects to get inside. If any of the rooms feel colder than the rest, chances are the windows need to be re-caulked.
- The furniture from your apartment may not fill or fit your new house. Take careful measurements and draw out a floor plan to ensure everything will fit. You may also need to purchase additional furniture or appliances.
For more information or to arrange a free, no-obligation moving quote, contact Premiere Van Lines toll-free at 1-877-683-6683.