So you’ve done it, you’ve gone through the nail-biting buying process and bought a house that suits your needs and budget. Now, that you have the keys to your new home in your hands, you’re about to burst.
Hold your horses! There are still a few small things to do before you get to relax in that Adirondack chair you plan to put on your balcony.
Here’s a checklist of the essential things you need to keep in mind before moving.
1. Thoroughly Clean the House Inside Out
In theory, whether we’re talking about new homes or previously owned ones, every corner of the house should be squeaky clean. In practice, however, it’s hard to say if the previous owners did a proper job or just dusted the place superficially.
That is why you need to put your gloves on and begin to scrub. Or you can hire a cleaning service if you don’t have the time to do it yourself.
As a rule of thumb, clean the house before you move the boxes with all of your stuff. Not only that you’ll be more efficient, but you’ll also avoid getting your personal belongings dusted.
Steam cleaning the carpets and tiles, washing down cabinets and counters, wiping the ceiling fans, cleaning the heating and cooling systems, and even pest proofing your home will help you start with a clean slate. Also consider the small repairs like painting the walls, replacing light bulbs or fixing the plumbing and floors.
2. Install Window Treatments
There’ll be a lot of activity the day you move in, and you don’t want neighbors to see you dancing with excitement as you unpack your silverware or dust the furniture. Blinds or curtains will protect you from curious eyes.
Not only that window treatments protect your privacy and dress up the room nicely, but they can also help regulate the temperature in your home. That way, you can reduce your energy consumption from day one, which is huge since hunting for new homes and purchasing one was already extremely costly.
There’s no need to go all out now if you don’t have the final design in mind. You can always personalize the window treatments later. So, just cover the windows with a sheet until you decide what to choose.
3. Set up the Utilities before You Move In
There’s nothing worse than moving to a house where you have no water or heat. That’s why you need to make sure that you set up the essential utilities, such as water, energy, gas, trash pickup, and the Internet (let’s be honest, we can’t live without the Internet anymore) before you move.
You can transfer your accounts to your new home, or you can establish new ones. Keep in mind that some providers may not be able to service your area, in which case you’ll need to research on those available at your new location.
Whether you choose to disconnect or transfer the account, make sure you give your current providers at least two weeks of notice. During summer, which is the peak moving season, it can take them up to ten days to pay you a visit.
Once you’re set up with the basics, think about what other needs you have since you may want to drop old services or add new ones such as cable, landlines, or security services.
4. Notify Your Insurance Companies
Contact your insurance companies – household, car, health – to find out if they will still cover you at your new location, or if you need to create new policies with a different insurer.
Normally, your current home insurance policy should cover both your locations for 30 days, starting the moment you begin to move your boxes. If you need additional time, contact your insurer to make the proper adjustments to your policy terms.
Make sure you are covered on the day of your move even though, technically, you don’t live anywhere. The current home insurance policy should cover the move and last until the day after you’ve moved out, while the new insurance should start the day before anything happens in your new house.
Give your current providers an advanced notice, usually 30 to 60 days before planning to move out, since you may end up paying higher rates if you leave it to the last minute.
Moving to a new home can be very stressful. Even though you give it your all to prepare for this moment, inevitably you’ll forget some things. You can save yourself some time (and sanity) by seeking professional help to take some of that load off your shoulders.
A leader in the industry of new homes construction, Belman Homes can assist you with designing the home you want to build all the way until you unpack your last box. Download our eBook to learn how we can help you and what sets us apart from other new builders.