Everybody knows that coordinating a relocation into a new home involves many moving parts. Typically your first reaction is to dread the experience, only the good news is it doesn’t have to be such a daunting task. Following tips can make the process go a lot more smooth when you use them as a checklist. If you are fortunate enough to be booking movers then you are in even better shape. Here are 10 tips to help as you plan your move.
Internet – This is often overlooked by many. If you want internet service as soon as you move in, be sure to schedule this far in advance so that you can assure a timely appointment with the service provider.
Electricity – Similar to your internet, yet typically easier. Contact the electric utility service company and alert them that you will be setting up an account in your name as of the day you take ownership.
Hire Movers – Do this far in advance so you have time to collect a few estimates and have a better chance of scheduling them for the dates that you need.
Cleaning – If you have the chance to get into your new home before moving day, give it a thorough and deep cleaning. This is easier to do early on before all of your belongings arrive.
Inspect belongings – Especially if you hired movers, be sure to inspect items after they have been delivered. Make sure everything is intact as you place each box in its correct room.
Stay organized – It is always best if you have items grouped together in labeled boxes. This makes it much easier and streamlined when you unpack. Start unpacking all of the essentials like bedding, clothing and toiletries then tackle secondary items afterwards.
Change the locks – A good idea would be to change the locks after you move in. You never know how many copies were made and who has them so for peace of mind you may want to have them rekeyed.
Locate circuit breaker – Don’t wait until you blow a fuse to find the panel. Locate this ahead of time so there is no extra confusion in the dark when and if you need to access it.
Window treatments – This step typically makes the house feel like a home. Adding some blinds or curtains add function and privacy while they can reflect your personal taste. If you haven’t decided on any right as you move in, use some linen to temporarily provide privacy.
Meet the neighbors – When it comes time to take a break from unpacking, take a walk outside and introduce yourself to the neighbors. Say hello to anyone you see and you will start to feel right at home and part of the community.