When you are moving into a new home, there is an awful lot to think about. Maybe you were able to get some cash for homes. While we often think of moving processes like packing and unpacking as the only main roadblocks to properly settling into your new home it is the things you do after you move into a new house that makes the largest difference.
Getting acquainted with your house, learning how it works, and prioritising what projects you want to tackle are all part of taking on your role as a homeowner—and it is better to do it all right when you move in, rather than waiting and assuming you will figure it out later.
Here are a few things that you should do when moving into your new home.
#1 Take a walk around it
When your new house is absolutely empty, there is no better opportunity to undertake a comprehensive walkthrough. Take a look around before setting up your furniture and getting unpacked, and, if feasible, before unloading the moving truck. If you discover an issue that violates the sale contract – for example, things that were removed that should have been left behind by the previous owner or tenant, contact your agent right once to find out what options you have. Issues that you discover that were not covered by your contract are now your problem, but knowing what and where they are can help.
#2 Give it a good clean
Even if it looks clean initially before you start unpacking give it a good clean. Some people prefer to call in the professionals to do a deep clean, but sometimes, all you need is a decent vacuum cleaner, a mop and some basic cleaning supplies. Get your rubber gloves on and get that elbow grease going.
#3 Make sure that the utilities are set up
Hopefully, you took care of getting your utilities set up before moving into your new house, in which case, now is the time to double-check that everything is in working order. Check your electric, gas, water, heating and air conditioning, phone, and internet connections on moving day. Then contact your local waste management facility to ensure that your new house is prepared for waste collection.
#4 Change the locks
Changing the locks in your new home is always a good idea. Even if the former owner is not a worry, you never know who might have a key. This is one of those situations where it’s better to be safe than sorry, so call a locksmith or change the locks yourself if you are comfortable doing so. All internal and exterior doors should have their locks re-keyed.
#5 Introduce yourself to your new neighbors
When you have moved in, it is a lot easier—and less awkward—to meet your neighbours right away. Meeting your neighbours is also beneficial for learning about your new neighbourhood and gaining recommendations for local services if you need them. You do not have to go door to door, but it’s a good idea to make your acquaintance.