Despite being exciting and fun, there is a lot of work involved in moving into a new house. In order to avoid some common problems, it’s best to get everything done before you actually move in. In this article, you will find recommendations from the professional moving company Cratos Moving Inc. Also, each reader is invited to get a discount for moving when ordering a move through the website. We hope our article will be useful to you!
Here are nine things you should do when moving into a new house:
Find Neighborhood Resources
Before you even think about moving in, take some time to familiarize yourself with the area. This means finding out where certain stores and services (such as dry cleaners and hardware shops) are in case you need them later on. You will also want to be able to tell your friends and family who ask what activities are available locally; for example, if there is a local theater or museum they may like visiting. At this time, you should also plan to meet your immediate neighbors. They can provide helpful advice about living in this part of the city and will likely be eager to welcome you into their community.
Protect Your Belongings
Furniture is expensive and fragile; it’s always best to protect these items before moving them into storage if necessary. If you are placing furniture in a garage or shed, for the time being, make sure it is covered with heavy plastic, tarpaulins, or blankets. Use ropes or straps to tie down any pieces that are larger than they are meant to be. You can use wooden blocks or small casters called skids under each leg of an item that is on wheels. Moving companies recommend wrapping your breakables, especially the more delicate ones, in plenty of paper before packing them into boxes. Fragile items should be packed at the bottom of each box to minimize their risk of damage.
Check Your Utilities
Before you move in, make sure that all necessary utilities are on and running. These could include electricity, gas, water, and sewage services. As well as checking these yourself, you should ask a friend or family member to do it for you if possible; this makes it much less likely that someone will miss something, and it is annoying (or dangerous) when a utility is not working properly after the move is complete. There may also be some minor things like changing locks on gates and garages, installing handrails for staircases, or putting up security measures like window locks. If you are unable to do these things yourself, hire someone who can do it for you.
Plan Where Each Room Will Be
While standard layouts for certain rooms (such as kitchens and bathrooms) are usually pretty obvious, there may be some areas that you want to improve upon. For example, if one of your children is starting secondary school soon, he/she may need more space than the younger ones; at the same time, it’s also possible that one of your children is flying the nest, so they will no longer need their own bedroom. Take some measurements before packing all your belongings away so that you can plan out how best to move furniture around when unpacking them again. You may also want to move the larger pieces of furniture around yourself before you actually start packing in order to get an idea of how different arrangements look.
This is the time when you can do a thorough clean and tidy up, getting rid of anything that is broken or old. You will be moving into your new house with less clutter than ever before, which means it will be much easier for you to keep your home clean without a headache. Also, consider doing some gardening work; this will give your garden a nice fresh appearance while also helping to reduce the number of weeds that grow later in the year (weeds are hard to remove if they have had lots of time to take hold in your yard). If there are any items, you would like to keep but do not need on a daily or weekly basis, consider storing them in a garage or shed for the time being.
Shop Before Moving
Before you move, make sure that you have enough food and drink in your home for at least three days. If possible, try to shop around the time of day when you anticipate arriving at your new home; this will ensure that your arrival is as convenient as it can be, especially if you are working during your house move. You may want to purchase some basic cleaning products and toiletries too since these things tend to run out quickly even if they were provided before by a previous occupant. If everyone has a smartphone nowadays, buying groceries online is a great convenience and may save you time and money over traditional grocery stores if it turns out your new home isn’t so easy to get to.
Make Sure You’ve Got All The Essentials.
It’s important that you’re ready for the first night of living in your new place. This means making sure that, even though you might not know where everything is yet, each room has enough of the essentials like beds, bedding, linens, towels, and toiletries. It also means having enough food on hand (as previously mentioned), as well as basic cooking utensils like pots and pans, dishes, or at least paper plates/cutlery/cups, etc. You should also think about whether there will be any power sockets that are not being used yet, which may require you to buy an extension cable or power board.
Arrange For Kids’ Things
Whether you have children yourself, are moving into a new house with someone else, or have grandchildren who regularly visit, it’s important to make sure that they are settled in at their new school as quickly as possible so that the disruption is minimized. Make sure you have all of their school records ready before your move date so that there is no delay in them attending classes the day after your move. If they do attend any extracurricular activities after school, make sure these are repeated at the new location rather than taking up valuable time on weekends since this takes away from family time and other responsibilities.
After Your Move
Make sure that you spend some time relaxing and unwinding when you finally arrive, don’t rush into work or other commitments right away. If possible, take a few days off work in order to get acclimated with your new surroundings and give yourself time to unpack properly so that you can access everything more easily later on.
Finally, enjoy your new home!