10 Things to do Before Moving into Your New Home

by Phume Mdluli

Moving is often a stressful experience. It is excellent to find a home that meets your requirements and suits your tastes, but getting all your belongings to a new location can be a tricky process.

Please keep reading to find ten things you need to do before moving to make the experience less stressful so you can enjoy your new house and surroundings.

Check electrics

It is essential to check the box or electrical circuit board, making sure that the correct labels are next to each switch. You can do this by removing or turning off each switch (one by one) to find out to which room they belong.

Hire an electrician to check the electrical box to see if it is in good working order.

Fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors need to be checked to ensure they are working well.

Getting a professional to take a closer look at your air conditioning/ heating appliances as well as larger appliances like the water heater is advisable.

Locate your hot water tank; it is essential to know where the water heater is and how it operates so you can shut it off quickly if there is an emergency.

Contact your local Post Office if you change your address

Before moving, fill out the relevant forms at your post office to make sure you start receiving mail at your new address.

Inform your bank and credit card companies to avoid missing an invoice or statement.

Contact your providers

Once you get to your new house, you will need to have essential services like electricity, gas, water and sewage, cable, telephone, and internet.

Contact these companies in advance to set the transfer date of the services to your new address.

Update important documents.

A week before moving, update your driver’s license, vehicle registration, and any other relevant documents.

It is best to have these done in advance so that you can better concentrate on moving and adapting to your new home.

Change the locks

You will never know how many people could have a copy of your house keys. So, one of the first things you should do before moving to a new house is to change the locks on the front and back door.

Deep Clean the House

Surely the owner of the house or the former tenant will have cleaned the house. However, if you clean it with the cleaning products that you are used to, it will seem cleaner and feel more comfortable.

Take advantage of not having too much stuff around to make sure every corner, cabinet, and drawer is free of grime and dust once you move in. Engage a builders cleaning service for a new home or where significant renovations have taken place.

Dry Clean the Carpets

If your new house has carpets and you don’t want to get rid of them, you need to do professional dry cleaning.

All sorts of things can hide in an unclean carpet, so it’s best to play it safe and ensure your carpet cleaning service removes stains and protects against germs, bacteria and other nasties. That way, you’ll feel comfortable to walk around barefoot after your move.

Paint the walls if you can

If you plan to paint your new home, do so before you move in. You will save yourself a lot of time and effort and prevent your furniture or other surfaces from being damaged by paint.

Find new services and professionals

You will have to find new professionals, such as a dentist, plumber, veterinarian, and mechanic. It is advisable to research possible options before moving to your new home.

Introduce yourself to your new neighbours

Although you can do this after moving, say hi to your neighbours beforehand. Your new neighbours may help you by giving you advice on where to shop, what to do, and even recommend the best professional services around the area.

All in all, moving can be hard; however, the best way to have a painless experience is to be prepared and do what is possible in advance.

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