Moving In: First Steps

You’re finally moving into your dream home. This can be an exciting time, but it can also be the cause of many stresses if you’re not sure how to begin. We’ve compiled a list of how to approach a move and how you should organize tasks to ease any potential stress. Ideally, these items should be completed prior to unpacking.

1. Arrange utilities for your new home

Transferring your services should be at the top of your list when approaching a new move. In general utilities include electricity, gas, water, cable, and/or internet. Some utilities may be covered if you are moving into an apartment building or renting a separate floor in a home, but always confirm with your landlord if you are a renter.

2. Check for pests

Buying or renting a new home can feel great, but not when you find a horde of rodents or insects trying to cohabitate with you and your family. Check closets and basements for droppings or holes in the walls. You can also hire a pest control inspector to check out your home to confirm it is pest-free. If you happen to find any creepy crawlys, you can schedule regular follow-ups with your preferred pest control company after the initial treatment.

3. Locate water shutoff and circuit board

You never know when the power or water will decide to turn off or go on the fritz. It’s important to locate power and water sources to ensure you know how to turn them back on if they fail. Labelling circuits can save a lot of time and trouble when you’re trying to locate the power source for a certain set of circuits. Be aware that older home may have a fuse box instead of a circuit breaker. In this case, check for fuses that may need replacing.

4. Change locks

Many people may have access to your home including former owners/tenants or real estate agents. To be safe, you can rekey your current locks which can be done by a locksmith. You can also install keyless locks with a keypad that you can program with a combination of numbers of your choice. If you’re renting, you may be at the liberty of your landlord. Check with them prior to attempting to change your locks.

5. Clean cupboards and built-in drawers

Lastly, cleaning your cupboards and built-in drawers will ensure your dishware, utensils, and toiletries will be stored in a clean spot ready for use. Drawer liners may also be a good idea if your drawers are not in the best shape.

Following these steps should ensure that you start on good footing in a new home. It can seem like a lot of work, but it’ll be so much easier if you stay organized and follow these helpful tips.

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