Moving into a new home can be a stressful process. At BestMichiganHouses.com, we love helping people find the home of their dreams. We know that after you’ve closed, next comes moving day. There are many things that can be done ahead of time that will make your transition much easier.
After buying a home, to-do lists will start growing immediately. To avoid becoming overwhelmed, it’s best to prioritize your action items. There are many things to do that will save not only your time but a headache as well if done before moving into your new home. With the house still empty and free of furniture, it’s the best time to tackle some critical projects.
5 Things Everyone Needs to Do Before Moving Into Their New Home
- Turn on Utilities – The first thing any new homeowner should do when preparing to move into their new home is transfer all utilities into their name and have them turned on. Once you’ve signed those closing documents, call local utility companies to have everything activated in your name. If you know when you plan to move, contact utilities in your current home to have them disconnected as well.
- Do a Deep Cleaning – Before you move in is the perfect time to give your new place a deep, thorough cleaning. If you begin moving items in before this process, you’ll spend so much time cleaning AROUND your furniture. Save yourself the headache by cleaning before your move date.
- Audit Your Home’s Energy Expenditures – Getting to know your new home takes time. Helpful moving tips don’t always mention this step, but you should always give your home a good “energy audit”. If it’s winter where you live, check for drafts, uninsulated walls, and cracks in doorways and walls. If it’s summer, be sure your attic is ventilated and insulated to keep your energy bills down. Now is also a good time to get your major appliances serviced. Once moving day comes, you’ll be distracted. Doing your energy audit before your move in date gives you a chance to get all your ducks in a row.
- Change Your Locks – Change your locks before you begin moving personal items into the home. Although you were handed the keys at your closing, it’s hard to know how many copies were given to other people. Neighbors, friends, and family of the previous owners may have unaccounted for sets.
- Childproof Your New Home – Are you bringing a little one into your new home? Don’t wait for hazards to make themselves apparent. Before moving the family in, assess your space and any risks to children. Install stops on drawers and cabinets, locks on toilets, and gates on stairways. This way, you can rest assured everyone is safe while you’re unpacking.
We understand the home buying and moving process from beginning to end. We take our job as Realtors seriously, guiding our clients every step of the way. We hope these helpful moving tips assist you in your transition into your new home.
Are you researching the home buying process? Bittinger Team, REALTORS is happy to answer any questions you might have about buying a home in Southeast Michigan, so contact us today!