Moving to a new home is an exciting experience. At the same time, you know that it’s a hard process that requires a lot of your time and energy. One of the tasks will be to prepare your house before you move in. Still, there are many ways to make it easier. First will be to hire a professional moving company to conduct your relocation. When you delegate the work to professionals, you can focus on others important stuff. Like preparing your house before you move in it. You might even want to spend some time redecorating your home after buying it. Well, you better get ready for all of it.
Why is important to prepare your house before you move in?
By the moving day, your new house should be move-in ready. That means that all the problems are fixed, the house is painted and carpeted, all the broken items are replaced, the power, water, cable, and internet are turned on.
Many first time owners think that it will be easier to move in, and than make changes to their house. That’s a huge mistake. Think of your house as an empty canvas. It’s much easier to create a masterpiece than to repaint an old one with many details. Even if you bought a house in another country, there’s a way to manage its preparation.
When your house is empty, it’s the best time to change everything that you want. To paint walls, put in new carpets, change installations and do the repairs if there are ones. After the boxes with your belongings arrive at your new home, it will be much more of a hassle to do that. Start redecorating and prepare your house long before the moving day. That way, you will only have to unpack your boxes and enjoy your new home.
You may need a storage unit
If you don’t have enough time to do all the arrangements before your stuff arrives at your destination, think about storing your belongings until the house is done. Ask your moving company about additional space solutions where you can store your things safely until your house is move-in ready.
Tips to prepare your house before you move in
House ready to move-in is the place that is livable right away. The place where you only have to unpack your things and feel at home. In order to that, you will need to make a time schedule. Timing is very important because you need to know when your belongings will be arriving.
According to that, you will know how much time you will have to make your house move-in ready. That’s why you need to communicate with your movers. Don’t forget to ask professionals about your long distance move and how much time will it take. When you establish the time frame, you can start following the tips to prepare your house.
Changing the locks
It doesn’t matter did you buy old or a new house – you should always change the locks on the exterior doors. You can’t really know how much people have the key to your home. Sure, you can trust your realtor that the key in your hand is the only one, but can you be sure? Will you take that risk? It’s better not to tempt faith and to save a peace of mind. In making a house truly yours, installing new locks immediately is a necessary step. You will fill much safer and relaxed once you do that.
Clean the house
Leaving house clean for the new owner is the sign of the good manners that people usually respect. Still, there are those who don’t follow this rule or do a very sloppy job in cleaning the house.
Before your move, inspect the house and make sure that isn’t dirty. If you bring your belongings into a dusty house, you’ll need double time to clean it. If you hate this chore, you can always hire a cleaning service. Still, if you clean your new house you’ll feel like you really own it. It may be strange, but it is also true. Put those rubber gloves and wash cabinets, counters, plumbing fixtures, get rid of the dust, vacuum and wipe floors. Cleaning and preparing your house before you move in will make you confident that everything is squicky clean.
Pack a night bag
The night bag is the bag or a box that won’t be transported with your others belongings. It will travel by your side at all times. All the essentials that you need for your first night at the new house should be in it. That way, you won’t have to frantically open boxes in the middle of the night in search of something basic.
Pack into your night bag/box:
- change of clothing
- basic toiletries,
- toilet paper,
- bed linen
- phone charger
- wet wipes
- necessary medication
- any other essentials you may require
The moving-in day will change your routine, but you can still get some comfort. If you can’t imagine starting your morning without a cup of hot coffee or a tea, packs some tea bags or a coffee plunger into your night bag.
Change your address and notify the service companies that you’re using
Before you move out, make sure to settle any unresolved bills and get your affairs in order. Call the companies that are responsible for your utilities, phone, cable, and Internet, and schedule a date for service cancellation. Taking care of these things before you move will save you a lot of time and trouble.
Also, don’t forget to:
- Update your details on the electoral roll.
- Inform your car insurance and registration provider that you are changing address.
- Notify your bank about your relocation.
- Update your details with all superannuation funds
- Send your new address to the magazines that you subscribe on.