When you are moving into a new home there are many things to remember. The first few weeks will feel strange as you get used to the sounds and your surroundings. Wardbuilders.com.au advises that should have a basic checklist for your move into your new home that will help you to settle in quickly.
Measure Every Room and Plan the Layout
While the house is empty, measure each room and plan where the furniture is to be placed. When it is move in day, you will know exactly where each piece of furniture needs to be moved to. Move in day can be chaotic with a massive amount of boxes everywhere that are very unsettling and messy.
Make Sure you Transfer Your Services and Utilities
When you move out of your old home you will cut off all your old services, but you will want to transfer some to your new address. That includes electrical, water, gas, cable, internet, garbage pick-up and whatever other services you currently have at your home. Most real estate agents are not going to remind you about these important points, so it is up to you to remember. If utilities are shut off, they may not be able to be reconnected immediately, so you will want to ensure that they are lined up, so you have uninterrupted service.
Ensure Appliances are Ready and Running
Once your kitchen is clean and ready for appliances, you want to have your fridge and stove plugged in. The fridge needs to be standing upright in place for 2 – 3 hours before it is plugged in to allow for the fluid to flow back into the compressor where the cooling mechanism is maintained. If you have a gas stove, you will want to turn on the pilot light and test the gas. An electric stove should be plugged in, and you will need to hold your hand over the elements to ensure that the heat is working. You can test the oven by setting it to 375 degrees and put a small amount of white sugar into a dish that is oven safe. If the oven is working correctly then the sugar should melt.
Test the dishwasher by running it empty and using the high heat drying option. Check the dishwasher for leaks and check to see that the inside of it is hot once the cycle is completed. If the home you purchased had appliances included and you find that something is not operational, get in touch with the real estate agent to go over your purchase contract. If you brought your own appliances, check to see if they are covered under a warranty.
Have the Cleaning Supplies you Need on Hand
When you arrive at your new home you will want to clean and disinfect your kitchen and bathroom before you move in. The previous owner (if there was one) may have already deep cleaned the house, but you do not know how many people were in the home looking at it and touched everything. It is advisable to give the bathroom and the kitchen a deep clean so that you know that everything is clean and sanitized and ready for you to move in.
If There are Safety Concerns, Address Them Right Away
If there are electrical problems or an issue with the water, you want to have that dealt with quickly. Locate the main circuit breaker box and water valve shut off in your new home so that you can get to them quickly. If you do not know where these are, you can look at the home’s blueprint to locate them.
Have the Locks Changed
When you receive the keys to your home you have no way of knowing just how many sets of keys are out there. You want to keep your family safe and the best way to do that is to have the locks changed to locks that only you and your family have keys to. Your real estate agent may be able to assist you with the name of a locksmith that they recommend.
Stock Your Pantry and Fridge with Easy to Prepare Meals
Once you move into your new home you are not going to want to cook. If you have some basic meals on hand that just need to be heated and quick snacks that you can grab when you are hungry, then you should be set until you are settled in.
Keep Essentials Easy to Find
You should have your essentials handy so that you can easily find them including your phone chargers, toothbrush, toothpaste, medication, things your kids need to get to bed, etc. Put these all in a bag that you keep with you or in a box that is clearly labelled.
Pack Your Overnight Bag
Pack yourself a bag of the most important things that you will need to access quickly. Make sure you have a few changes of clothes, your hair brush, your toothbrush, shoes, and other items that you will need for your daily routine. The last thing you want to do is try to locate these items in one of 80 boxes that are stacked up inside of your home. Plan for about four days and pack enough for that which should give you time to get organized.
Keep Pet Supplies Handy
Put your pet’s bed and food dishes in the same room that they were in at your previous residence. This will help your pet to feel more at home and to know where to find their food and their bed. Your pet will need time to adapt to their new home so don’t make any changes during this time such as changing their food or buying them new bedding. They need routine and familiarity.
Get to Know Your new Neighbourhood
Explore your new neighbourhood by driving around and find the closest gas station, hospital, grocery store, drug store, hardware store, restaurants and other places you will need to shop at. Familiarize yourself with the quickest route to the main arteries and time your travel to them so you know how long it will take you to get to your destination. Write down important phone numbers for local emergency services and put that on your fridge in plain sight.
Moving can be stressful but if you are organized ahead of time, it makes the process much easier. You want to have a little stress as possible and the best way to do that is to know where to find things once you arrive and have everything in good working order. You are going to feel unsettled for the first little while so the easier you can make your move, the better.