Guest post from interior designer Cooper Klein.
You’ve finally found a new house for you and your family! Now it’s time to set it up and make that house a home. Here’s the ultimate checklist that will help you prep your new house and make it comfortable and practical before you move in.
Update your address
Many people don’t even realise all the aspects of their lives that depend on the correct address. This is where you get your mail, subscriptions, loyalty programs, credit cards, insurance, car registrations, checkbooks and many other things.
When you change your address, you change your life, so make sure to keep everyone updated! It’s not an easy process, but if you get some help, you’ll manage to do everything in time.
Pack important documents
You probably have a full drawer of important documents that you rarely need, but must take care of. Well, they will finally leave their spot and go on a ride to their new home!
Make sure to pack all birth certificates, medical records, insurance policies, social security cards, contracts and other important docs. This is a perfect time to sort these papers and get rid of all outdated files and things you don’t need.
Once you purge your documents, it will be much easier to manoeuvre them and find things you need.
Move your utilities
If you want to take a nice shower, light up the place and provide some entertainment during the first few days, you need to have your utilities set up. Make sure to do that in advance, so that everything is ready for your arrival.
Luckily, you can always find a service for moving house utilities like MyConnect that will let you choose your desired suppliers and they take care of all the rest! It’s fast, easy and affordable – just what you need when you’re surrounded by all the stress of moving!
Take care of repairs
Another thing you need to take care of before you move into your new home is repairs and improvements. No matter the condition of your home, there will always be a few things that will require your attention.
You might need to take care of your electrical installations, fix some plumbing issues or just repaint that accent wall or install some shelving. Take care of these home improvements before your relocation day, so that you don’t have to waste time on them when you’re surrounded by boxes.
Protect your valuables
Moving big mirrors, valuable vases, important family heirlooms and costly electronics is the most nerve-wracking part of every relocation.
One great way to ensure all your valuables are accounted for and protected is to take photos. This way, you’ll have proof of their original look and will be reimbursed in case of damage.
No matter how careful your movers are, accidents happen, so you might look into moving insurance.
There’s no knowing what previous owners did with their keys and who has the keys to your new home. So, if you want to feel safe and comfy in your home, make sure to call a locksmith and have new locks installed.
This is a pretty cheap and simple task, but it will give you peace of mind. You can also consider getting a safe. You don’t want to risk your safety and safety of your loved ones, or lose your precious valuables!
Conduct a thorough cleaning
Before you start putting in your furniture, it’s smart to organise a cleaning marathon and clean your new home from floors to ceilings! Even if you’re buying a new home, there will always be dust and dirt that will need to be dealt with before you move in.
If you don’t have the time or will to do the cleaning yourself, you can call a cleaning service to conduct a thorough clean. You’ll feel much more comfortable when moving into a spotless home!
Once you take care of all of these issues, you can start your move in peace! You’ll notice just how smooth your relocation will go when everything is properly set up, and be settled into your new home before you know it.