Moving into a new house will be a lot easier if you take care of some important details first. Click here for some tips on making your new home move-in ready.
Moving into a new house is obviously very exciting. But it can also be a very stressful experience if you don’t make the proper preparations.
One of the first things you should do before you move into a new house is hire movers to help you. They’ll take care of moving everything out of your old house and pack it into a moving truck so that you don’t have to worry about doing it yourself.
This will free you up to spend time in your new house getting it move-in ready. Here are some of the things you should do before you start moving into the house.
Make Sure the Water and Electricity Are Turned On
If the previous owners of your new home just moved out, they probably didn’t shut off the water and electricity. But if a home has been sitting vacant for some time now, there is a chance the water and electricity might not be on.
Whatever the case, you should call your local utility company and put the water and electricity for your new home into your name. You should also let the utility company know what date you’re moving into your new home so that the water and electricity will be on.
The last thing you want to happen is for the water and electricity in your new house to be off when you first show up. It could delay your move and prevent you from getting your home ready.
Install New Locks on All Exterior Doors
In addition to turning the water and electricity in your new home on, one of the other things you should do before you even set foot in the home is to install new locks on your exterior doors.
Even if the previous homeowners gave you all their keys to the house, there’s no telling who else might have a copy out there. It could put potentially put you, your family, and your home as a whole at risk if someone is able to access your new home with an old spare key.
Purchase heavy-duty locks for your new exterior doors and install them properly. It’ll ensure that you don’t have to worry about the old locks posing a security threat.
Put a Fresh Coat of Paint on the Walls and Ceilings
Do you hate the awful pink paint that the previous homeowners used in your new home’s bathroom? Does the lime green paint in the kitchen make you cringe every time you see it?
Now is the time to put a fresh coat of paint on the walls and the ceilings in your new house. It’ll be easy to do when you don’t have to worry about moving furniture in and out of rooms during the painting process.
Replace Old Carpeting and Flooring
If the carpeting and flooring in your new home are in good condition, you should feel free to keep them in place. Just make sure you cover them up while you’re painting to prevent any damage being done to them.
If you don’t like the carpeting and flooring in your new home, though, it would be a good idea to replace them now before you start moving anything in. You can rip out the old carpeting and flooring easily and install new flooring right away.
Between your freshly-painted walls and ceilings and your new carpeting and flooring, your home will look and smell like new once you’re finished.
Hang Up Closet Organizers
Once you start moving things into your new house, you’re going to want to start putting them away. But before you do, you should give yourself the tools you’ll need to keep everything organized.
Closet organizers are a great way to organize your things without cutting into the square footage of your home with bulky dressers, cabinets, and more. Buy up a bunch of closet organizers when you first move into a new home and hang them before your actual moving day.
This will give you a place to put things when you start welcoming them into your home.
Deep Clean the Whole House
Before the old homeowners moved out, they should have cleaned the house and made it look presentable for you. But chances are, they didn’t deep clean the house the way they would have if they were sticking around.
For that reason, you should make deep cleaning your new house a priority before you bring a single item into it. You should:
- Shampoo any old carpeting that is staying in place
- Polish hardwood flooring
- Wipe down counter tops, walls, back splashes, and more with antibacterial wipes
- Sanitize and deodorize bathtubs, sinks, toilets, and everything else in a home’s bathrooms
- Anything else you find that needs a deep clean
If you don’t feel like deep cleaning your new home yourself, hire a company that specializes in doing it. But whatever you do, don’t start moving things in until you clean your new home. It’s going to be hard to do it later once the house starts filling up.
Plan Out Where Everything Will Go
When your moving truck pulls up outside of your new home, you should have a plan in place as far as where you’re going to unload everything from it.
Hopefully, you labeled everything clearly while packing, which will make it easy for your movers to know where to put things. But you should also label the rooms in your new home so that movers know which room is which.
As long as you have a clear plan in place, you can begin moving everything in at this point. Your new home will start to feel like home in no time.
Moving Into a New House Doesn’t Need to Be Stressful
For many people, moving into a new house is an experience that’s almost too much to take. They end up stressing out over every little thing because they didn’t take the time to plan out their move.
You can avoid this by doing the things listed here before moving into a new house. You can also avoid it by bringing the right movers on board and having them help you along the way.
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