From budgeting for the move to preparing for life in your new home, there’s a never-ending list of things to do when moving to a house for the first time. Use this checklist to help you settle into your new home.
- Change the Locks
You really don’t know who else has keys to your home, so it is important to change the locks. That ensures you’re the only person who has access.
- The New Home’s Measurements
Don’t forget to take a look at the blueprint of your new home before moving. Measure all interior spaces, as well as your own furniture. By doing so, you’ll know exactly what belongings will fit where in your new home.
- Steam Clean Carpets
Do this before you move your furniture in, and your new home life will be off to a fresh start.
- Your Move Date
Want a less expensive move? Avoid peak moving season when rates are typically higher. Aim for a move between the months of October and April when demand is lowest.
- Labeling All Boxes
You are making a huge mistake if you’re packing your belongings without labeling the boxes. All fragile items should be labeled as such to avoid becoming damaged while in route.
- Packing an Essentials Bag
Don’t forget to pack an essentials bag for your first night or week in your new home. The suitcase should include a few changes of clothes, pajamas, toiletries, pet essentials, baby essentials and medicine.
- Organizing Items Before the Move
I recommend getting your home organized before you start packing. Any items that won’t be necessary for the new home should be set aside. Having less stuff to move will only make your relocation less stressful and less expensive.