Moving In

The day all conditions on your offer are met is the day you should start thinking about your next step....moving in!!!

Transfer Utilities
Make sure they're aware of your move date

Forward Mail and Change Billing Addresses
Start with credit cards and work your way down to magazine subscriptions.

Switch Schools for the Young Ones
Being able to start school right away may sound like torture to them, but it will help them make friends and develop a new routine after the potentially disruptive move

If Applicable, Pest-proof the new place
Before you move in your nice new furniture, de-bug the entire home as thoroughly as possible. We're not implying that your new place is already roach infested, but it's a house that's likely sat empty for at least a few days. It's easier to handle this issue yourself now than to hire a professional months down the road when you realize it's a problem.

Paper products in place!
You're going to want paper towels for cleaning.

You're going to want toilet paper for... you know...

Deep clean the walls/carpet
There will never be an easier time to deep clean your house than before you even move in.

Change the locks
We know, you're super excited about your new keys! But you know who also has that key? The previous owners, their dog sitter, their Realtor, and the list goes on. Give yourself some piece of mind; change the locks before your family moves in.

BONUS: This checklist is full of things to do before the move. But here's a surprising to-not-do: Paint. Painting before the room has any furniture or atmospheres one of the biggest mistakes you can make with your new home right out the gate.

After You Begin Moving In

Inspect Your Belongings
Are all boxes accounted for? For that matter, do you have all your family members in tow still?

Lay Out Essentials for Kids and Pets
Moves are tolling on anyone, but sometimes kids and pets have the hardest time with these big transitions. Put a few comfort items in the kids rooms right away so they can begin feeling ownership over the new space. Lay out dog bowls, litter boxes, and any other pet essentials so that they know they belong in the strange territory.

Don't Just Unpack... Organize!
Maximize your space from the get-go!

Cover the Windows
Before placing the major furniture, start with the windows. Get the blinds and drapes up, at least in the rooms where people will be sleeping. This is obviously necessary for privacy, but also helps guide decisions on how to the theme the rooms from here on out.

Make the Beds
Whoever's spending that first night in the house deserves a mattress and some bedding. You can assemble bed frames or make guest beds later. But it'll never feel like home for your family until they can have a restful night's sleep in the new place.

Meet the Neighbors
If you get all these essentials knocked out and still have some daylight to kill, go introduce yourself to your street. Yes, it's awkward. But it'll make you feel more comfortable in your new home, and we've got tips on the best ways to do it.

We hope this provides some guidance and comfort when you decide what to do first when you move into a new home! If you knock out the essentials as soon as you get your keys, and make the place homey as soon as you start unpacking boxes, you can remove all the stress from the process. Enjoy your new digs!

Mike Durling

Mike Durling

REALTORĀ®
CENTURY 21 Trident Realty Ltd.
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