New Homeowner Checklist

Now that you have found a new place to reside and moving day is fast approaching there are a few things that you can do to make the process a little easier. Having a checklist and a plan can make the whole process of moving all of your belongings from one place to another a lot smoother and hassle-free. Here are some things that you should have done before moving day.

Update Your Address
our physical home address is tied to so many aspects of your life from subscription services, to your car registration and bank statements. Before moving day make sure that you update your address with the post office so that all of your mail can be forwarded to you. You can pick up a card to update your address at the post office, most public libraries, and sometimes your realtor or mortgage lender’s office. 

Transfer or Start Utility Services
You don’t want to find yourself moving into your new home in the dark so it is important to set up or transfer utilities to your new home. Sometimes having service transferred can take a little while so be sure to do this before you move in. You will need to have electricity, gas, and water services connected at your new home.
Get Cable and Internet
You will want to be able to kick your feet up and watch some TV after the hard work of moving in so make sure that you set up cable service if you still use it. You will also need to set up service with an internet provider. This is an excellent time to check out the prices of different cable and internet service providers. The company you have service with now may not be the best deal, new customers frequently get great rates for opening a new account with a new service provider.
Schedule a Cleaning
Even if you don’t normally hire out your cleaning, moving into a new home may be the perfect time to splurge a little. Chances are your new home was not cleaned to your standards when the previous tenants moved out. They were busy packing and moving after all. Hire a company to come in and give your new home a good deep cleaning and know that it will be one less task for you to complete as you make this transition.

Schedule Home Improvements

If your new home needs any repairs made, like replacing windows, fixing the plumbing, or even just a fresh coat of paint you might want to consider doing these things before you move in. Painting in particular, even if you are doing it yourself, goes a lot faster and more smoothly in an empty home as opposed to a fully furnished one.
Purge and Pack
Moving to a new home is a perfect opportunity for you to purge items that you don’t need from your home. There is no need to pack and move items that you don’t use or need. Take this opportunity to clean out closets, drawers, garages, and attics. If you haven’t used an item or piece of clothing in six months or more you probably don’t need it, if you haven’t used it in a year or more you really don’t need it.

This is also a great opportunity to toss things that may be broken, that you thought you might repair. If you have enough items that you don’t need but that are still in good condition consider having a garage sale. Your trash might be someone else’s treasure and you can make a few dollars in the process too.

These are just a few of the things that have to be done in the moving process and having them done before moving day can make things easier on you. You might want to consider taking a day or two off in the days before or following your move. That will give you time to get these items taken care of and have some time to unpack and settle into your new home.