When you’re moving to a new house, a lot of the attention is focused on just getting there. You rarely think about what you need to do once you’re in. Unfortunately, the hard work doesn’t stop just because you’re finally through the doors. There are lots of things to think about because lots of things will change, along with your address. Here’s a list of things you need to consider when you’re moving to a new home.
You’ve spent weeks packing and labelling so it will be easy to unpack when you arrive at your new home. Packing can cause the worst of headaches but it’s worth it when it makes everything so much easier on the other side. The last thing you need is for someone to carelessly throw a box labelled ‘fragile’ into the back of a van. When you get to your new home, make sure you check the boxes have been handled properly and there’s no visible damage to any of them.
Check Your Utilities
If you haven’t had chance to arrange connection of your electricity, water and gas, now is the time to do it. You’ll probably still be able to use all of the utilities, but your chosen providers need to know it’s you using them, from the moment you step foot into the house. You don’t want any unnecessary charges for past bills and the previous owner doesn’t want to be charged future bills. You can compare energy providers at Selectra.
One of the most important things to do when you’re in your new home is to make the beds. You’ll need a good night’s rest after a long day of unpacking, and the last thing you’ll want to do at night is make beds. Once it’s done, you can move onto to other things. One of the most important rooms in the home, is the kitchen. The kitchen is often where some of the most important tools are found. For instance, a pair of scissors. It’s also where the first family meal will come from in your new home. If the kitchen is unpacked, the rest of the house will follow easily.
Secure Your Home
Make sure all the entry points have strong locks and your family is the only one to have keys. If you’re worried about burglary in the area, you may want to change the locks to be sure you’re the only ones with access. For peace of mind, you can also get windows that lock and security lights and alarms.
Once you’re settled in, there will be a long list of people you’ll need to inform of a change of address. For example, your bank, the kid’s schools, your employer and many more. For the most part, you can write a template letter and change names and contact details as needed. If you’re worried about forgetting anyone, here’s a list of people you’ll need to get in touch with.
Then all you need to do is sit back and enjoy your new home!