You’ve signed the lease or put down money toward a mortgage and now getting everything ready for moving day seems like a daunting task. Moving involves all kinds of details — both small and large — that can make for one of the more stressful experiences people can go through.
In theory moving is simple: you have to transport all the items in your existing residence into a new residence, usually throughout one day orweekend. The goal is to besomewhat settled as quickly as possible so you can continue on in your day-to-day routine.
In this guide, we’ll explore 5 key things everyone should know before moving into a new house to make your moving day a smashing success.
You never know when the worst could happen. Possibly a break-in at your new home while you’re packing up the rest of your belongings at your old place. Do yourself a favor and make sure to have your homeowners or renters insurance policy effective the first day any of your possessions will be there. To make your search easier, use comparison insurance shopping sites like CoverHound to get a sense of the best renters insurance and the most competitive homeowners policy quotes available based on the coverage you need.
Change Your Locks
This may not be possible if you’re renting your new home as your landlord will probably want to keep keysets the same, but homeowners should always change the locks upon moving in. How do you know who else has a copy of keys to your home? The past owner? What about the owner before that? What about neighbors or service people? Chances are nothing will happen, but it never hurts to be secure when it comes to your home.
Declutter Your Possessions
As you’re packing up the things at your old residence, make a pile of stuff you don’t want or need anymore. Take this pile of things, assuming they’re still able to be reused, and give them to your local Salvation Army or Goodwill store. You’ll have less moving to dowhile still contributing to a good cause, all in one swoop.
Deep Clean Your New Home
You’ll probably have to deep clean your old place unless you’ve already paid a cleaning fee, but make sure to also deep clean your new home prior to moving in. Whether you do the work yourself, or hire a cleaning company to do it, you’ll never have a better chance to make the place look spotless. Steam clean all the carpets, wipe down window treatments and have the insides of cupboards and other hard to reach places dusted. Clear your head and make the place your own by starting in your place from scratch.
Safety Valve of Tools
From furniture (dis)assembly and taking doors off hinges to tightening screws on wall outlets or door handles — moving out, and in, is a heck of a lot easier with a bag of tools at your disposal. Plus, if you’re moving into your own house, you should probably have a set of tools anyway to stay on top of any repairs that need to be made. After all, houses require a lot of attention and maintenance.
Make sure to keep these five tips in mind the next time you move into a new house for a seamless and stress-free moving experience.
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