Tips For New Homeowners
Congratulations on your new home! To make the transition as easy and stress-free as possible, I put together a list to help guide you through moving day.
- Determine Your Home Improvement Needs
Assuming you already resolved any issues that were revealed during your inspection, complete any home improvement projects that are easier to do in an empty home. This is a great time to update flooring, smooth popcorn ceilings, or simply paint the walls to give it a fresh look that matches your personal style.
- Start Off With a Clean Slate
Take advantage of having a space free of clutter to deep clean your new home. Before unpacking your belongings, spend time disinfecting bathrooms, the kitchen, and any other areas you will directly unpack items into, such as cabinets and closets. If you don’t have time to do it all yourself, consider hiring a professional cleaning service as many companies offer move-in specials. If you are sensitive to allergens, change out your HVAC filters and consider having your carpets steam cleaned — just make sure to schedule your carpet cleaning a few days in advance so they will have time to fully dry!
- Setup Your Utilities
Setup or transfer all essential services you will need in your new home, including trash, cable, internet, electricity and gas.
- Change the Locks
Ensure you’re the only one with access to your new home by having your locks changed as soon as possible. Make sure to request a spare key and put it someplace you can easily access during your move. This is also a good time to install or transfer your home security system!
- Keep Safety in Mind
While we’re on the topic of preventative safety measures, be sure to test your home’s smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace the batteries if necessary. You should also locate and familiarize yourself with your home’s fire extinguisher, breaker box and the shutoff valves for your water and gas.
- Change Your Address
Update your address by requesting a Mover’s Guide® packet from your local post office or by going online. Make sure you’ve also updated your bank accounts, credit cards, and any newspaper or magazine subscriptions. To ensure cards and packages from loved ones make it to your new home, think about sending a message to friends and family letting them know your new address as well.
- Unpack and Settle In
As you prepare for your move, make sure you pack essential items like toiletries, trash bags, cleaning supplies, towels, baby diapers, and anything else you think you’ll need right away in separate boxes so they’re easily accessible. Consider packing non-perishable food items and disposable plates and cutlery to simplify your moving day meals as well.
On move-in day, place pre-labeled boxes in their designated rooms so they’re ready to unpack when you have time. Set up your furniture and unpack any of the essentials you’ll need right away to make you feel settled more quickly. Make sure you start with your bed since you will be ready for a good night’s sleep after a busy day of moving!
You may also want to consider lighting a candle or diffusing essential oil while you unpack. Smells are strongly connected to memories and a favorite scent can help you feel at home.
- Thank Those Helping You
Throughout your move, make sure to take care of the people helping you, whether they’re professionals or friends. Stock up on waters to make sure everyone stays hydrated and consider offering takeout if family and friends have been helping all day. If the moving professionals did a great job and were careful with your valuables, consider giving an additional tip to the team. While it is certainly not required, it is always appreciated for a job well done.
While this is a guide to help get you started, please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any additional questions. Here’s to many years of happiness in your new home! Home maintenance tips can be found here.
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