5 steps for moving in and getting settled in your new home
Monday, August 10, 2020
In this, the second of our two-part post on preparing your current home for sale and moving into your new one, we've outlined 5 steps to make the most of your move with a number of easy, DIY solutions.
Step 1: Secure
There are a number of things you should do first thing to make your new home as secure as possible.
- Make sure your insurance coverages and information are up to date. If you need new home, property or flood insurance, now’s the time to find out.
- Create a new, easily accessible emergency contact list, especially if you’ve moved some distance from your old home.
- Replace the batteries (if applicable) in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and make sure all of these systems are in good working order.
- Replace fire extinguishers, making sure you have enough strategically placed so you can access them easily from all corners of the house.
- Activate the home security system if there is one installed or install a new one (a home without a security system is more than three times more likely to be broken into.)
- Change all the locks in your home, as there’s no telling how many sets of old keys are floating around out there. Options range from re-keying current locks to replacing your exterior locks with the latest keyless smart locks. Some of these can even be controlled from anywhere on your smartphone.
Step 2: Assess
Did everything arrive – and arrive intact? Is your new home clean and ready for you to move in? Is everything working as it should be?
- Check all appliances, boxes and furniture for moving damage and don’t hesitate to file a claim with your mover if anything is amiss.
- Clean before you unpack. This is the perfect time to deep clean, including getting vents and ductwork professionally cleaned.
- Plan where you want all your furnishings to go before you start moving things around.
- Organize drawers, closets and storage now, before you actually start packing them full.
- Check all home systems – from HVAC to electric service to utilities – to make sure everything has been hooked up, set up and is operating to your liking.
Step 3: Settle In
It’s time to unpack, unwind and start enjoying the fruits of your labor. The end is in sight. According to our friends at The Spruce, organization is the key.
- Determine your color scheme and decorating needs before you settle in and do as much of your painting and staining as possible before moving day.
- Develop a plan for unpacking and decide where you want things to go before you open that first box.
- Apply that same thinking to setting your furnishings, creating vignettes on your shelves and decorating.
- Unpack one room at a time, starting with the kitchen before moving on to bedrooms, bathrooms and larger, multi-use rooms (in that order).
- Make sure you’re getting your mail. This isn’t something you want to discover was overlooked a week into your new home.
Step 4: Connect
Do friends and family know where to find you (well, the ones you want to find you, anyway)? Do you know who to call should you need anything? Make a list!
- Don’t hesitate to ask your realtor for their list of contacts. He or she is a great resource for everything from plumbers and painters to local take-out.
- Update your own contact lists, from family and friends to those all-important emergency numbers to local services.
- Get the lay of the land. Where is the nearest good pizza? How about the nearest pharmacy? Your nearest Lowe’s or The Home Depot? Scope it out.
- Reach out to your immediate neighbors and introduce yourself if they haven’t already taken the initiative.
Step 5: Celebrate
It’s time to celebrate by giving yourself a well-deserved house warming party. Here’s how, from Better Homes and Gardens.
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