Moving To A New House: What’s First?

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Moving to a new house is undoubtedly a stressful time in our lives, whether we’re looking forward to moving or not, it certainly takes its toll on even the most organized of people. When it comes to planning a stress-free move, we often overlook what comes next.

We’re often focusing heavily on the moving in aspect and all of the preparations that are needed on the run-up to the big move. But what about factors that come into play after you’ve finally moved into a new house?

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Check over the property before moving to a new house

It can seem an overwhelming task to do, but it’ll pay off to be vigilant from the start. The idea is that you want to know your new home inside and out and you know what flaws and problems there might be from the off.

A survey carried out before moving to a new house will hopefully uncover larger problems that would need addressing, but you might want to look out for other issues such as faulty taps, any areas that might be prone to damp, etc.

As well as checking for faults, you also want to familiarize yourself with where the breaker box is (in case you might need it suddenly) and where your water valves are located. These are the kinds of things that you don’t want to be struggling to find in the case of an emergency.

Family entering a new house

Get your utilities connected

You should have arranged the connection of the main house utilities before moving to a new house, but if you haven’t done it for one reason or another, do so without delay.

Naturally, the first utility companies to call are the power and water providers – things will look much brighter and smoother once you have electricity, gas, and running water in your new house.  Once you have taken care of the fundamental utilities, consider making the necessary arrangements to gain access to the Internet, phone, and other important services for your day to day living needs.

Inspect the boxes

It’s a good idea to have a list of where everything is kept in boxes for moving to a new house (most people will label boxes too), so that you can refer to it later on. If you’re using professional movers then it’s always handy if you can be around in the house to keep an eye on what is coming in as they’re loaded off the truck. If you check off each box as it comes in, then you will know straight away if anything is missing or has been left on the vehicle.

Once the house movers leave, take the time to inspect each box and container for visual damage or any other signs of obvious mistreatment. If you find anything broken or damaged, then it’s wise to note down the damage on your list and then contact the company to resolve the issue.

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Unpack the essentials first

It often feels that the hardest part of moving to a new house is the actual moving process, but the unpacking of boxes can take far longer than it takes to load them up in the first place. It might be tempting to get everything out of the boxes and storage and to immediately try and find a new home for them.

Moving to a new house is tiring and you’ll want to focus on getting out your essential first before you move onto arranging where your entire house is going to go. Focus on getting your bedrooms sorted, so that everyone has a bed ready for the night after a long weary day.

Once you’ve had some rest and got some of your energy back, then you can start thinking about exactly how you are going to arrange your kitchen cupboards and the finer details of organizing your new home. Work from room to room in a logical fashion by prioritizing rooms that need attending to first, such as kids rooms and bathrooms.

Think about child proofing

If you’re moving to a new house with children or you expect to have kids come to visit your house, then you will want to have a good scan around to see what the obvious hazards might be and start child-proofing rooms. 

When you move to a new house, there could be an array of dangers that you might not immediately notice. Go from room to room, systematically ‘risk assessing’ the hazards that might be there for inquisitive children.

The kitchen, the stairs, bathroom, and the living room are the likely places that could prove to be a danger for babies and children, so make sure that they are your priority to start with.

Child proof kitchen cabinets

Prepare to clean

Whether or not you have been lucky enough to be moving to a new house where the previous owners have a good standard of cleanliness, you are still going to want to clean throughout. Not only that, but movers coming in and out of your house with perhaps dusty boxes and containers, is going to generate a fair bit of dirt and grime throughout your property.

The bathroom/s and kitchen will be your first port of call when it comes to a deep clean as you’ll want them to feel as clean as possible before using them, even if they physically look clean. Then carpets and flooring can be next once all the moving boxes and trash have been removed from the house, leaving you free to scour every floor surface.

Consider safety aspects

It’s a good idea to check out what your lock systems are and whether you’re happy with them or not – as you will want to get this sorted out straight away if they’re not up to the standard that you would like. Walk around and check all of the windows and doors and make sure they close securely and also whether they pose a risk to children. This should definitely be done before moving to a new house.

If they are not already there (and if they are, check that they work), install smoke detectors in every room. It’s worth always having an escape plan out of the house in case of emergencies and make it known to each family member as to what they should do if anything was to happen. If there isn’t one present, then consider installing a burglar alarm for extra peace of mind.

Are you moving to a new house? Then these smart tips are just in time to make settling in easier!

Final Thoughts on Moving To A New House

By following the tips and suggestions above you can look forward to a calm, stress-free move. Do you have other suggestions to make moving to a new house easier? Please share them in the comments below.

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