It is moving time and with it comes a lot of details to move out of one home and into a new home.
There are some things that you need to do when you move into your new home that could make your life so much easier!
These quick tips will help you get in front of managing the details of your new home and your move:
1. Clean your home before the boxes arrive.
This is the best time to clean your home, while there’s nothing in it!
(And let’s face it: the next time you’ll have that opportunity again will very likely be when you’ve sold the house and are moving out again!)
It is easy to wipe away any potential cobwebs in your garage or get the baseboards dust free. You can wipe down all the light switches and free them from germs. Cleaning underneath sinks in kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms will make it easy without anything in them.
Getting your home all cleaned up without having all the furniture and items in it will be much easier than when you’ve got boxes stacked everywhere.
2. Stock your fridge.
Make a quick run to the grocery store or local farmers market to add food in the fridge when the family arrives.
A quick drink and snack can help keep everyone from getting ‘hangry’ from all the unpacking that day!
3. Bring your essentials box to your new home.
This essentials box will have tape, scissors, box cutters and tape measures.
You may also include pen and paper for notes, as well as, extra phone chargers. These charges will help in case you have them packed elsewhere. Plus, this box will contain plastic utensils, paper plates and cups. And, it will also have extra paper towels and toilet tissue.
As we will all agree, these items are sometimes taken for granted!
4. Check your basic services.
In the days and weeks running up to this moving day, you’ve started informing all the basic services companies about your new address and updated your (new) accounts accordingly.
Obviously, now you’ve arrived at the new home, make sure it’s all properly working.
5. Check all your light bulbs and switches.
Orient yourself with your light switches. Which switch works which light, garbage disposal, or fan will help you get acclimated to your new home.
And while you are checking these switches, make sure all the bulbs are working as well. If you have burnt bulbs, then add this to your list as you head out for your grocery store run.
6. Review your inventory of items when the movers arrive.
The movers will arrive soon and you will need to direct them to where each box is to be deposited in the home.
Marking boxes before you leave your previous home will help with the process of getting yourself set up quickly in the new home.
Also, refer back to your inventory to make sure everything has arrived at the new home.
This inventory will also help you know what has arrived undamaged as well. Nothing worse than finding your great aunt’s dining table damaged!
7. Get your essential appliances out.
If you are a coffee lover or cannot live without your morning smoothie, make sure your coffee maker and blender are out and ready to go.
Whatever your favourite things are, kitchen appliances that help you make quick little meals will help you feel comfortable in your new home.
8. Make the beds.
Labeling your boxes will help you quickly find your bed linens.
A good night’s sleep will help alleviate the stress of moving. With your bed linens in one box, you can quickly find them and make all the beds immediately.
Making everyone’s first night in your new home relaxing.
9. Find all the main controls.
When the furniture is not quite in the house, it is a great time to find the main water connection, review the hot water heaters (geysers), and learn where your A/C units are.
It is also good to know where your circuit breakers are, as well as, any outdoor controls for landscaping or lights.
This way, there’s no doubt that you’ll know where to find all these controls in the event something happens!
10. Set up a home maintenance schedule.
Caring for your new home may be different than your previous home.
So, establishing the beginnings of a home maintenance schedule will help you also understand more about your home.
Also, a home maintenance schedule will help you learn more about your home and help you identify which questions to ask about your new home to keep it running smoothly.
About the author: The above article “Don’t Forget to Do These 10 Things When Moving Into Your New Home” was written by Xavier De Buck, your top-producing Johannesburg real estate agent with Keller Williams Realty. Xavier has been nationally recognized and awarded for providing service excellence, exceptional property sales, whilst exhibiting the highest level of professionalism. With over 17 years combined experience as a real estate agent, real estate investor and landlord, if you’re thinking of buying or selling a home in Johannesburg, Xavier would love to share his property knowledge and expertise.
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