The excitement of starting the next chapter of your life at a new home must keep you awake. And rightly so, since the prospect of shifting to a new place and saying goodbye to the familiarity of your new home can put you on a little edge. Not to mention all the prep and packing that goes into the process that tires out even the seasoned movers. However, there are a few things that you can do to make your shift easier and feel more comfortable in your new home.
It may seem that the focal point of your move has to be your current house, but that’s not nearly the case. It would be best if you cleared some things off your checklist before you move your belongings to the new house.
1. Deep Clean
Just because a house is new doesn’t mean it is squeaky clean. It may still have grime and dirt hidden in cramped corners, where you won’t be able to clean without special tools. And while you may have put cleaning the home on the back burner of your mind, it is a priority. The reason is that once you move your furniture and belongings, a deep clean will become impossible.
You will need to move your furniture and belongings to a storage unit to get the same results. But why add an extra step when you can achieve this result before you move?
If you live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, try to find a reliable, professional cleaning service provider. To do that, type in Commercial Cleaning Services Milwaukee Wisconsin on Google, and read the reviews of the top professional cleaning service providers. Then, contact and book the one with the best services, affordable budget, and good reviews.
A professional cleaning job will ensure your house is squeaky clean and free from any grime and germs when you move in. It will work wonders to reduce stress and improve indoor air quality.
A walkthrough of your home before you move in will allow you to take notice of all the repairs you need to make before the big move. Therefore, move from room to room and make notes after noticing the following details:
- If the landlord has made the repairs and changes as agreed upon during the time of purchase
- Take note of the state of fixtures and furnishing (carpet, cabinets, stove, etc.)
- The state of electrical points and connections
- Paint and wallpaper that you plan to put up
- If all the electrical outlets and switches are working properly
- Double check windows and locks to ensure they’re functional
- Make all the measurements to plan the furniture placement
- Check all the corners and crevices to see if there are any signs of mold and mildew
- Check small crevices to see if there is a pest problem
A complete walkthrough will help you determine what next step you need to take. If you need to do some repair work, upgrade, or make a demand from the landlord, you will have plenty of time to do that before the move.
3. Pet or Child-Proof
If you’re shifting to a new home with a young child or a pet, it is crucial to childproof the place before completing the setup. You will need to make adjustments such as making a no-go area and securing it, covering up all the outlets in the house, creating a pet and children-free zone for all the packing material, and ensuring all the locks are changed and secured in place.
While shifting, you will need to spread out the boxes to ensure they don’t topple over, keeping all the sharp, breakable, and flammable objects in the top cabinets and temper-proof the knobs. And after you have set up your belongings, put a child safety lock on cabinets and the oven. Also, ensure that all the chords are out of reach and secure.
4. Plan the Furniture Placements
Before you unload the U-Haul and bring all your furniture in, plan how you will set up everything in your house. This is particularly applicable for large items like your bed, cabinets, or furniture.
While you may have a basic idea about where to put your things, taking the measurements and planning them properly can help save you a lot of hassle. It will also help you determine whether you need to buy something new or if you need to sell or donate something you have to make everything fit in your house.
5. Set Up Utilities
We hope you took it upon yourself to transfer all of your utilities to your new place. But if you have not, now is the time to do it.
It would help if you ensured that all the utilities were ready for use when you started shifting to your new home. Therefore, transfer basic utilities such as gas, water, and electricity, and set up the cooling and heating system. Moreover, ensure that your internet is set up before you move and that you have informed your courier service and waste management facility about your move and change of location.
6. Locate Necessary Functions
A home is where you can feel safe. Therefore, even if we have to hope for the best, it is still crucial to prepare for the worst to happen. Therefore, look for a circuit breaker in your home if the power goes out unexpectedly. Also, keep note of where the water valve and fuse box are.
Set up carbon monoxide and smoke detectors and ensure they work properly before setting up your home. But to prepare for the worst-case scenario, set up an escape route for your family that they can use in case of a fire. Lastly, if you are moving to a location prone to natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, or storms, set up a place for shelter and a proper action plan to ensure everyone’s safety.
While these things are not something, you must do before moving to the new house, doing them saves you from a lot of trouble, frustration, and hassle. It ensures that your emails are not still received at the old address, and there is internet when you move to the new place. For this reason, follow all these tips to ensure a seamless move to your new home.