Moving into your new home can be an exciting journey in your life. After all, you will no longer be renting, and you have a place that you can call home.
All of this excitement can lead to poor planning when you move. You may decide to pack your belongings and head to your new home immediately.
When this happens, you may be opening yourself to some disappointment.
Your Pre-Move Essential Checklist
There are still tons of tasks you need to prioritize before you move into your new home. Once you’ve ticked off everything in this list, you can expect a smooth process.
1. Take Care of Your Utilities
Before you get too comfortable in your new home, you have to transfer your utilities, including water, electricity, and gas. You may ask your real estate agent or contractor about the company servicing your area.
Remember, the sooner you inform them about your move-in date, the better.
Ideally, they should have your utilities activated before you move but it pays to give an allowance if they happen to service several areas or handle other accounts.
2. Install Cable and Internet
You don’t want to move into a place where you can’t connect to anyone. Have your cable and internet installed before your move-in date.
Make sure to compare their prices and plans that best suit your needs.
You may want to have them activated at least two weeks before so you can assess if there are any issues.
3. Get Your Address Updated
One of the first things you should take care of is updating your address.
You have to make sure that all your mail is forwarded to your new address, particularly those related to time-sensitive and confidential information, such as credit cards, bank statements, insurances, car registrations, and loyalty programs.
This step ensures that these organizations can reach you and that your mail doesn’t end up in some nefarious individual’s hands.
4. Pack Your Important Documents
All critical paperwork in your home, including birth certificates, medical records, social security cards, insurance policies should also be filed and safely packed.
While sorting through your filing cabinet, use this time to organize your documents. Label them accordingly.
All expired and sensitive information should be shredded and not simply thrown out.
5. Organize Your Items
If you have sentimental items that you want to bring into your new home, you have to make sure that they are well-organized, so you won’t have any problems when it is time to unload them into your new home.
Label the boxes, depending on what is contained inside.
If you are unsure about how you can start packing, hiring professional packers can be of great help to save you time and effort.
6. Schedule a Home Inspection and Repairs
Before you get all too excited about your new home, you have to make sure that your new home has been inspected.
Check if there are necessary repairs that you have to take care of. If there are, have them repaired while the space is still bare.
This way, the contractors can finish their work quickly, and you don’t have to deal with all the noise and dirt from construction.
7. Go Cleaning
Plus, you never have to worry about your kids wandering around while you are cleaning.
Once you’ve got all these checked out, it is time to prepare for your post-move activities.
Until then, you need to focus on your pre-move essentials.