If you will be moving into a new home soon, follow this guide to make the process easier. We have broken down and organized tasks that many people forget.
Are you planning on moving into a new home soon?
If so, you’re probably feeling overwhelmed about everything that you have to do. If so, you’re not alone. In fact, a recent study found that most people find moving to be one of life’s most stressful events.
Luckily, you can make your move a lot less stressful by staying organized.
What do you need to do?
Check out this guide to discover the most important things to do before moving into a new home.
1. Change the Locks
Before you move into a new home, it’s a good idea to change the locks. This way, you’ll be able to keep both your family and your property safe.
We suggest doing this at least a few days before moving day, so you don’t have to do it the day of. This way, when you plop down on your bed after a long day of moving, you’ll be able to rest easy knowing that the locks have already been changed.
2. Complete a Change of Address Form
When you move into a new home, you obviously want your mail to move with you.
Luckily, changing your address is incredibly easy. All you need to do is head to the USPS website. There, you’ll be provided with on-screen instructions on how to change your address.
The process only takes a few minutes, and you’ll immediately receive an email confirming the change of address. Plus, the fee to change it is just $1.05.
Not only will this ensure that you don’t miss out on any important mail notifications, but it’ll also help you protect your privacy.
3. Figure Out Home Insurance
Another thing you need to figure out before you move is your homeowner’s insurance policy.
The most important thing you need to do before you move is to contact your home insurance agent to let them know when the move is taking place. This way, they can cancel your old policy and get you set up on a new one.
While this may seem daunting, you can keep the same policy as you had before if you wish. So really, all you’re doing is transferring your information.
But, since you are moving homes, it is a good time to look over your policy and figure out if you want to upgrade. For help choosing a new home insurance policy, you can check out this home insurance checklist.
4. Do an Inspection
Hopefully, you already hired a professional home inspector to look over the home before you bought it. Still, it’s a good idea to double-check everything before you move all of your stuff in.
One of the biggest things you want to check for is leaks. Since you won’t have used any water yet, you should check the water meter. Wait a couple of hours, making sure no one uses the water, and then check it again.
The level should read the exact same. If it doesn’t, then this means there’s a leak somewhere in the home.
In addition to checking the plumbing, you also want to check the carbon monoxide detectors and the smoke detectors. If your new home doesn’t already have a carbon monoxide detector, you can easily buy one off of Amazon or some other online retailer.
Lastly, you want to find the breaker box and shutoff valves. You don’t need to do anything with them other than figure out where they are. Doing so now will prevent you from having to hunt around with a flashlight in the event they shut off.
5. Do a Deep Clean
In addition to thoroughly inspecting your home before you move in, you should also give it a deep clean.
Hopefully, the former owners did a good job of cleaning it before they moved out. But, even if the place appears pretty clean, it’s still a good idea to get in all of the nooks and crannies before you unload everything.
Pay special attention to the cabinets and closets, as these are the areas that tend to get neglected when doing a final clean. If you don’t have time to do a deep clean, you can also hire a professional cleaning company to take care of it for you.
6. Set Up the Utilities
The last thing you want is for the water or electricity to shut off in your new home because you didn’t pay your bills.
To make sure you don’t miss any bills, you’ll want to set up your utilities ahead of time. Things you’ll need to set up include:
- Gas and electric
- Heating and cooling
- Phone and internet
We suggest setting up your utilities a week or so before you move so that on moving day, all you have to do is verify that they’re already set up.
7. Child/Pet Proof the Home
If you have pets or children, you’ll want to make sure that the home is safe for them to move into.
One very important thing you want to do is to create a separate, child-free zone for moving day that will house all of your packing materials. You also want to check the windows to make sure they close securely. And, check the blinds to make sure there aren’t any loose cords hanging.
It’s also a good idea to go through the home and figure out which drawers and cabinets need child safety locks. If there are rooms that you want to keep your pets out of, then make sure you have the right amount of pet gates.
It’s also a good idea to check the fence in the backyard for any holes or areas of concern.
Moving Into a New Home: Are You Ready?
Now that you’ve read this guide on moving into a new home, it’s time to get started. Following these tips will help you make the most out of your move and eliminate some stress.
Be sure to check back in with our blog for more moving-related tips and tricks.