Are you moving house? You must be excited about that. But it is not easy to pack the whole house. We can help you to make a checklist for moving house.
It is good to have a new home, but moving the whole house takes time and planning. If you don’t follow a plan you may get in trouble. Our tips for moving house are here to take your worry away.
We’ve placed the most important task on top and the least on the bottom. You can follow our checklist to complete your work with ease. You can apply for every kind of house like an apartment or condo.
Things to do before the move:
Before the move, complete the following big tasks first. After these tasks, the remaining process will get smoother. Be wise in choosing the moving company:
It is not good to choose a company on behalf of their online reviews. When hiring the company make sure that
- It has a license
- The company is insured
- Is it trustworthy?
Get the home’s measurement:
Before getting into the house take a look at its blueprint. Check the interior measurements and also the measurement of your furniture. So, you’ll know which goods you can carry and which are unable to fit in the new home.
Before getting into the new house make it comfortable. Set up the physical utilities that are water, gas, and electricity. You may have to ask the company you are working for to set up utilities. It is good to inform the date you are moving in. They should know the date because they can be busy working with other clients. Also, contact the cable and internet service provider. Schedule a date for installation.
New mail address:
No one wants to miss the emails and bills they receive. So, be wise and make a change of address list when moving house.
Label the boxes:
It is foolish to pack boxes without labeling. You may create a mess when opening those boxes. Each box should be labeled according to the thing it contains and its destination. For instance, pots/kitchen.
Grab important documents:
We all have such documents which are not used much but they have great importance. I am pointing to social security cards, medical records, birth certificates, and insurance policies. Grab these documents and put them in a bag or something like that.
It is good to capture photos of valuable items:
There is a great probability that one of your fragile objects may break during the move. So, you should take photos of these breakable items like antique mirrors of grandpa or a computer. By this, you will prove that the item was damaged during the move. These pictures can help you get your claim.
Explore your surroundings:
When you move to a new town you’ll not find your old barber, salon, or doctor. Exploring the town will help you in this regard. Do the research to find the local businesses which are suitable for you.
Clean your former home:
After packing is complete it is good to take a tour of the house to check any missing goods. Once this step is complete, clean your house.
Make a moving announcement:
Inform your family and friends that you are moving you can do this by sending an e-mail or a text to them. They will have your new address and it’ll get easier to contact you.
Clean the new home:
Before the furniture is in the house, clean it. It is possible that the former owner did not take the responsibility for cleaning the house. Or the cleaning is not to your standards. Call for a cleaning service to do that for you. They’ll make your house good as new.
The new home may need some improvements. There are some repairs which are more important than other tasks. For instance leaky plumbing, windows without a lock, and more. Take care of these issues before moving in.
Before the move tries to donate the things which are useless for you. Also, make a list of things which you want to get replaced. Keep the measurements of the new home in mind, so you’ll know which goods can fit there. Label all the boxes. Also, prepare an open-first box. This box contains all the necessities in 24 hours.
Keep the above checklist in mind before moving in. Now, let’s move to your new home.
Congrats you have moved your belongings to your new home. But still, there is a lot to do. It is not necessary to manage the whole house in one day, we can set daily goals. Let’s create an easy-to-follow schedule.
Ask friends or family to help:
Two hands are always better than one. The first days of unpacking are very tough, you can ask your friends or family to come and assist you. To make the unpacking smooth create a logical order for unpacking. By planning, unpacking will get easier and faster.
Never forget to change locks:
We do not know who has the keys to this house as someone else was using it. Hire a locksmith or reinstall the locks by yourself. It is a simple task but it’ll make your home more secure.
Locate the circuit-breaker:
You may need to reset the breaker or replace a fuse. If there is no power it is not easy to search for it in the dark. Circuit-breakers are usually located in hallways, in storage closets, or in basements.
Home security system:
Moving is the best time to set up security. If you own a system update or if you are already in a contract then contact your service provider. Smart home security home systems are the best option for home security. If you are installing the security for the first time then take your time to select this first security system.
Prepare backup for a lock-out situation:
It is common to get locked out of your new house. It happens, and you should prepare for it. You can hide an extra key under the doormat, install a garage code (if you have any). You may have a buddy who can secure an extra set of keys for these emergencies.
Test smoke detectors:
It is easy to install smoke detectors and inexpensive, and can you and your loved ones in case of fire. But sometimes they can malfunction. It is always important to check the smoke detector in your new home. Light a match under the sensor to see if it is working or not.
Make a maintenance checklist for moving:
It is good to perform maintenance checks to keep the home in better shape. This list may include cleaning gutters, checking the snowplow and bathroom drains. You can contact local services for these tasks.
After the unpacking is complete and the home is in good shape. It is time to invite your friends and families to a housewarming party. Relax and enjoy yourself with your loved ones. Instead of wasting time on tiny improvements make memories. You will get time for those tasks but a party can get your energy back.
We hope that this blog was helpful:
We hope that you have found the answer to “What to do when moving house?” in our blog. We tried to stack all the things to do when moving house. Let us know if you need our help in packing or moving your furniture, car, or fragile objects.