Moving to a New Home Checklist

Moving to a new home is often as exciting as it is stressful.

From packing and unpacking your belongings to figuring out the lay of the land, the process can feel overwhelming. However, we believe the stress of the move shouldn’t steal the joy of your new home. That’s why we’ve compiled a list to help you seamlessly transition into your new space.

 Here is your Moving to a New Home Checklist:

  • First, ensure the utilities are up and running. This should be done before moving in, but is sometimes forgotten in the shuffle.
  • Second, locate the fuse box and water valve right away rather than when/if you need it in a dire situation.
  • Next, ensure all smoke alarms/carbon monoxide detectors are working properly and have fresh batteries.
  • Then, do a deep clean of the home before you bring in boxes and begin to unpack.
  • Following a deep clean, do a walk-through on each level of the home and child/pet proof as needed.
  • Then, it’s always a good idea to change the locks on the doors. You never know who might have a key.
  • Speaking of change, don’t forget to change your address on any necessary forms/with the U.S. postal service.
  • Also, now is a great time to meet the neighbors! A friendly introduction goes a long way. Knowing your neighbors can help you to learn more about your new community. Plus, it’s always nice to a have someone nearby to rely on to keep an eye on your home.
  • Last, it’s time to get organized and have some fun. Enjoy getting settled, figuring out what will go where and finally, pop the champagne and celebrate the creation of your new home!

We hope this checklist helps ease the stress of moving to a new home. As always, we are here to help with all things “home” and wish you the happiest of memories to come in your new space.

Top Moving Tips to Remember

Moving Tips to Know

Moving to a new home (at least, new to you) is usually an exciting but chaotic time. Here are our top moving tips and mistakes to avoid to help things go smoothly during the moving process.

Moving Tip #1 Don’t Hang on to Stuff

We acquire a lot of “stuff” throughout our lives that we often feel the need to hold on to. For example, most people have items stashed in cupboards and closets that are rarely used or no longer needed.

Instead of packing everything and finding a hiding place for it all at the next home, let go. You may even be able to sell discarded items online through sites like Facebook marketplace, or donate to a local non-profit.

Moving Tip #2 Make Sure to Notify the Right People in Advance

Moving to a new place can seem like a nightmare if there is no electricity or running water. Before you even pack, be sure to contact all the local utilities well in advance of the move and get on their schedule. In addition to regular utilities, don’t forget to contact your future internet provider & trash agencies as well.

Also, get in touch with the post office and fill out a change of address card. This will help get mail diverted to your new location.

Moving Tip #3 Pack for Emergency

Regardless of how much planning you do, mistakes happen. Prepare for the unexpected by packing a small bag with an extra change of clothes and snacks. Also, this is great to have in case you need to spend the night with relatives, or at a hotel, you will already have a bag packed and ready to go.

Moving Tip #4 Change the Locks

If you are handy with tools, changing the locks on the exterior doors is always a good idea.  Since you don’t know who has had access to the home in the past, you really have no clue how many extra keys are floating around to your place. In addition, setting up new locks will give you a little peace of mind and control over who has access to your home.

By following this advice and getting the movers lined up in advance of the big day, you should reduce the stress that comes from moving to a different home.

Still Looking?

No worries! Keep these tips in your back pocket for when you find your dream home. In the meantime, if there’s anything we can do to help such as getting you preapproved, please contact us today. We’d love to assist you on your homebuying journey!