Don’t rush the process when you get settled in your new place. Take these steps when you move in to save time & money.
- Change The Locks
Always, always, ALWAYS change the locks when you move into a new home. Somebody else lived there before you – and you don’t want a stranger walking around with your house key. Better safe than sorry.
- Locate Water, Heating, and Electric
Make sure you know where your master water valve, fuze box, and heating unit are – and ensure you have clear and direct access to them.
- Inspect and Photograph Everything
Even though your home was inspected prior to closing, it’s always a good idea to check everything out for yourself before finalizing your move.
Confirm that gutters are clear, the plumbing works well at all spots, the pipes aren’t frozen, the HVAC works well, and the sewage system is up to date.
Check the pressure valve on the hot water heater, be sure all the appliances are hooked up correctly, and keep an eye out for any critters in nooks and crannies.
- Deep Clean The Home
Especially during these times, it’s important to start with a clean slate. Deep clean before moving all your furniture in!
- Child-Proof & Pet-Proof Your Home
If you have kids, you’ll want to spend some time ensuring your home is safe for them before you move in. Look out for dangerous areas like steep stairs and sharp edges.If you have pets, it’s important to introduce them to your new space to create a friendly environment so they can settle in.
- Set Up Utilities
Get the basic utilities like trash, recycling, water, internet, cable, and phone service hooked up and ready to go.
- Make a Plan
Before taking in all the boxes – take some time to plan out your space. Envision you and your family living in and using each room, and draw out a plan so everyone can align with the common vision.
- Start Saving for Maintenance
Put aside some money every month for routine and unexpected maintenance costs. Monthly, that’s about $80 per $100,000 in home value. If you don’t use it, it’s a great nest egg. If you need it, you won’t have to worry about it.
- Change Your Address & Vehicle Registration
Set up mail forwarding from your old address by USPS for six-months. Set up time to go to the DMV to update your license and vehicle registration. Maybe send out announcement cards to your friends and family!
- Don’t Start Large Projects
While you might have imagined a lot of projects for your home, wait at least 6-months before starting them so you have a better perspective.
- Meet Your Neighbors
It’s easiest to meet your neighbours when you’ve just moved in – just walk and introduce yourself – you might end up meeting a friend for life!
This 11-step checklist will help get you started as you begin your journey in your brand new home. You can download our printable version here and check things off as you go!
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