As we approach real estate’s hot selling season, many will soon begin the long and stressful process of moving from one home to another. While moving is exciting, there is also a ton to do! To help make the transition easier, we’ve created a moving checklist of things to do before moving into your new home. This moving checklist will help you stay organized and keep your sanity during this stressful and exciting time!
Turn on the Utilities
Call to turn on your electric, gas and water before your move-in day as these items were likely turned off by the seller around the closing date. Having these operational when you move in will save your sanity and make your first night in your new home far more enjoyable.
Set Up Internet and Cable Service
Nothing is better than relaxing on the couch while watching a movie or show on Netflix after a long day of moving and unpacking. To ensure that’s possible, make sure to set up your internet and cable service before you arrive.
Order an Energy Audit
Consider ordering an energy audit to determine how the home is performing and what repairs, if any, you should complete to decrease your energy bills. Remedy any issues before you move in as living in the middle of a construction site is unpleasant. In general, expect an energy audit to cost anywhere between $215 and $600 – although some companies do them for free.
Cleaning is far easier when there is no furniture in the way. Before moving in, consider hiring a professional cleaning service to deep clean your home. Hiring professionals to come in and clean costs around $150. If you want to save a little money, you can do it yourself by following this home cleaning guide – complete with tips to deep clean each room of the home.
Change the Locks
While the previous owners are required to turn in their keys, it is recommended to change the locks on the home. However, you must wait until after closing to do this.
Test the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
To safeguard your new home from fires and carbon monoxide leaks, test the detectors to ensure they are functioning properly. Change the batteries, as necessary.
Activate the Alarm System
Is an alarm system already in place? If so, call to have it activated. If not, consider adding an alarm system to increase the security of your home.
Complete Major Renovations
Is there anything you want fixed immediately? If so, consider completing any major renovations before you arrive. Nothing is worse than living in the middle of a construction zone. One thing to remember: you can bring in vendors for quotes, but you cannot start renovations until you sign the final documents. At this time, also complete any repairs the seller didn’t agree to make.
Purchase a Home Warranty
Protect yourself by buying a home warranty that covers the cost of repairing many home appliances. These coverages usual start at only $300.
Buy Fire Extinguishers
For safety purposes, buy a fire extinguisher for each level of the home. And, make sure you know how to use it! While you’re doing this, also map out an escape route in the event of a fire.
Familiarize Yourself with the Home
Get to know your new house by locating the circuit breaker box and main water shut-off valve. For increased organization, label your home’s electrical panel.
Create a Safe Environment for the Kids
Do you have children? If so, consider childproofing the home before move-in day to protect your child from potential injury.
Forward Your Mail
You moved…so should your mail. Contact the United States Postal Service or go online to update your address. Expect a $1 charge to verify your identity when updating your address online. Please note: 60 days after you moved, the postal service will stop forwarding your periodicals. To ensure you continue receiving these, contact your magazines and newspapers to update your address in their system.
Update Your Bill Address
Alert all important accounts of your address change: credit card companies, banks, insurance, etc.
Following this moving checklist ensures you and your home are ready for your upcoming move!
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