Congrats on purchasing a new home! Moving to a new home is thrilling and taxing at the same time. If this is the first time you have had to prepare to move to a new home, then this ultimate moving checklist was written just for you.
The entire new home buying experience can be quite overwhelming, so let’s straight to the point. As is expected, you’re probably really excited to start a new life, and getting the point you’re at now may have felt like a lifetime of preparation. From the dining table to comforter to crockpots to cable, a lot goes into moving into and making a new house a home.
For those who don’t keep organised, your move-in day can be a fiasco. By following this checklist, your mind will put to ease, and your move simplified.
1. Get the Utilities Turned On
If you want to move into your new home comfortably, getting your water, gas, and electricity turned on. You may or may not be able to choose which companies you use depending on where your new home is located.
For the most part, physical utility companies are pretty quick about activation. However, the sooner you contact them about your move-in date, the smoother things will go. This particularly holds true if it’s in the middle of moving season when utility companies are busiest.
2. Connect Cable and Internet
Moving into a dead zone is not fun. Just like the utilities, it’s a good idea to get your cable and internet services set up, so you have something to do between unpacking. Take your time and do your research; compare prices and figure out which companies are best for your needs. It’s a good idea to schedule installation about two to three weeks before you move in, so they’re activated promptly.
3. Search for a Reputable Moving Company
If you’re moving from another location and have enough things that you need to hire a mover, researching house move options is the next thing on the list. If the size and amount of items you’ll be moving is small enough, asking friends and family to help out might be sufficient. But if you have a lot of things to move or just want to make the ordeal as simple as possible, then it’s best to hire professional movers to handle things for you. Be sure to choose a mover that has a good reputation and has insurance.
4. Update Your New Address
Our mailing addresses are connected to many aspects of our lives, from maintaining subscriptions and loyalty programs; to car registration to auto insurance; to bank accounts to credit cards. When you update your new address, you’re updating your new life. If you need to learn how to do that, you can read this “Change of Address Checklist” article.
5. Collect Your Important Documents
You might have forgotten about those important documents sitting and collecting duct in your cabinet or closet. But they have to come with you as well. Things like social security cards, birth certificates, insurance policies, medical records, and other documents of that nature. You can use this time to get rid of useless papers you don’t need any more. Remember to shred essential documents that you don’t need any longer but contain sensitive information.
6. Take Photos of Your Valuables
Moving valuables from one location to another can be nerve-racking at best, especially if you hire movers to handle your things. By taking photos of these items, you’re documenting proof that they were in good condition before they found their way to your new home. Furthermore, if one or more of your items come up missing, you can present the photos of the missing things to the moving company. It’s also a great way to document things for any legal action you may be forced to take if things go that far.