Most people just want to unpack and generally engage in the organization of their new place when they move. However, before you set out to do this, there are certain things that are a priority when moving into your new home and these should be tended to before you unpack everything and try to finally relax.
Check that everything’s in good working order
Of course, electricity and appliances have to be inspected before purchasing the house but you never know what could happen. This is why it’s important to check all the outlets, switches and appliances to make sure everything’s working properly. The sooner you do this, the better the chances that you’ll be able to have something fixed that same day if you actually happen to find something wrong. And it’s always easier to deal with this before you have all of your stuff unpacked. As you do the check-up, you might also want to inspect and label the fuse box as well as replace the batteries in your smoke alarm.
Make sure there are no leaks
This particular check-up might be more challenging compared to the previous one as you probably won’t be able to notice if there are some minor leaks and plumbing issues until you start using your bath/shower and sink actively. But major leaks and plumbing problems can always be spotted. Hopefully, this aspect of your new home has been checked and given a green light to before the move, but it’s still something to do, just in case. Structural problems, condensation and, obviously, leaks are signs that something’s wrong in this department and needs a quick repair.
Change your locks
You never know who might have a spare key to your new home. After all, the previous owners could have easily forgotten that they have given it to someone or they might have lost it only for someone shady to pick it up. Things like these might be completely far-fetched but it still doesn’t change the fact that changing your locks should be at the top of your priority list when moving houses. What’s more, it’s important to work with renowned locksmiths in the area that you know you can trust. And just imagine the stress when getting locked out from your own home! This scenario is possible, too, especially in a new house you’re still not used to. Therefore, always keep the Locked Out service contact information at your porch and in your phone for these unexpected circumstances.
Clean the place up
Even though it might look clean, you should still do a thorough clean-up of your new home to make it more suitable for yourself. Simply using the cleaning solutions and techniques you’re accustomed to will make the house more personal, without the lingering scent of the previous owners. Not to mention that you’ll instantly make the environment safer and healthier, especially if the place hasn’t been cleaned for a couple of days before you moved in. You definitely don’t want to unpack all of your things and bring the furniture in when there’s dust and maybe even dirt lying around.
Redirect your post properly
When it comes to your bills, bank statements and regular correspondence, it’s crucial that you make sure that all the providers have your new address. You might want to have your post redirected for a while as well. That way, you’ll be 100% positive that everything is in order and with a proper address. After all, you don’t want to miss paying your bills on time or, even worse, have your bank statements arrive to a previous address where they’ll be left for a stranger to see.
You can always take a couple of days off work to deal with the move properly, which is also another thing you might want to include as a priority since you’ll have to notify your boss about the leave. But, keep in mind that it’s always better to be thorough and do things at your own pace than rushing things and ending up with more problems later on.