So you’ve purchased a new house and are going to move in soon, what are the first things that you will need to do when you arrive at your new home?
Change Your Address
You will need to change your address for all bills, magazine subscriptions, and other mail. Visit your local post office to take care of this.
Set Up the Utilities
When you move into a new home, you will need to get all of the contact information from the previous homeowner for the utility companies. Be sure to change the services into your name before you move in, such as gas, cable, electricity, internet, telephone, sewer and water.
Change the Locks
You have no way of knowing who the old homeowners gave a copy of the key to, so having the locks changed is something that you should do right away when you move into your new property.
Give your House a Deep Cleaning
Cleaning the floors, baseboards and windows will never be this easy again. You’ll have unobstructed access to everything. Think about it: no curtains to take down, no rugs or furniture to move. You can wipe down all the countertops, shelves and drawers. Get your life in the new house off to a fresh start by having your carpets steam cleaned before you move your furniture in. Consider getting your air ducts professionally cleaned especially in older homes and definitely if you or any of your housemates have any allergies.
Figure Out Your Fuse Box
Another important first step to owning your new home is to figure out which fuses control each part of your home. Knowing how the breaker box workswill ensure that you can flip the right switch when you need to. You might need to ask someone to help you by standing in another part of the house and letting you know which lights come on or off when you flick the switches.
Check Your Smoke Alarms
The smoke alarms in your home might not have been checked recently, so make sure that they are functioning properly. Depending on how old they are, you might need to change the batteries. This is an important maintenance task for your own safety.
Find the Essentials and Organize as You Unpack
Don’t try to unpack everything at once. Sort your carefully labeled boxes so that you only have to unpack what is absolutely necessary. This gives you the time to organize your space as you go, instead of being forced to toss things randomly into cupboards and closets. Look for towels, bed linens, toiletries and other essentials. Unpack a few clothes so that you’ll have something to wear over the next few days.
Meet the Neighbors
After a few hours of unpacking, you’ll need some fresh air. Take a stroll and try to meet some neighbors while you’re out and about in the neighborhood. If the family across the street is outside playing a game of volleyball, stop by to say hello. If the couple next door is weeding their garden, take time to admire and compliment their landscaping. If you see someone walking their dog, stop and introduce yourself. The sooner you get to know the folks around you, the quicker your new place will start to feel like home.
All of these important steps will help facilitate a smooth transition into your new home. Enjoy!