If you thought looking for a house and prepping for a move was a lot, then the actual moving day is on another level. It’s typically filled with a bunch of emotions from elation to anxiousness and everything in between. To remove some of the anxiousness, I’ll share 19 things you should do immediately after you move. I’ll walk you through what you should do to create a more comfortable home. Then I’ll share the things you to do so that you’re house is more comfortable. Last, I share the essential items that you should take care of to fully adjust to your new home. These tips should help you get settled into your home faster. Feeling safe, comfortable and confident knowing that you’ve taken care of the essentials.
List of things to do when moving into a new house – secure your safety
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There are several items that you’ll need to take care of once you move. To me, one of the most important is securing your safety. Plan to take care of the below items on closing day.
1. Change the locks – please don’t think that just because you received two sets of keys that you’re secure in your new home. You never know which family members, friends, neighbors or service workers (cleaning lady) has a key to the house. Plan to have a locksmith come and re-key the house as soon as closing is over.
2. Reprogram garage door openers – garage door openers should be treated like door keys. Consult a locksmith to get them reprogrammed.
3. Inspect the house – inspect he house for pests and to ensure that everything still looks the same as it did during your pre-closing walk through. Doing one more walk-through before the movers start bringing in furniture will give you comfort that there’s no damage to the house before the moving starts.
4. Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors – test and change batteries. This way you know each system is charged and operational.
Things to do after you move – get more comfortable
You’ll want to take care of most of these on the first day to make yourself more comfortable. However, there are a few items where you could wait a day on two. For comfort’s sake, you’ll want to take care of these as soon as possible.
5. Deep clean before you unpack – a good deep clean should be easier without furniture in the way. Now would be a good time to wipe down all of the cabinets and counter tops. Vacuum, dust the window seals and clean the bathrooms and kitchen. Start your time in your new home with a blank slate of cleanliness.
6. Create an area for a family meal – after a long day of closing, unpacking, working with service men and unpacking, you’ll enjoy having a space where you can eat your first meal in your new home. I certainly wouldn’t expect you to cook. Treat yourself to your favorite meal as carry-out or delivery, and sitting down in an area that looks clear and clean. This will go a long way towards helping you feel relaxed on this busy day.
7. Schedule time in your day and set a space to relax – speaking of relaxing, you’ll have so much going on, you’ll really could work from sun up to sun down and not realize it. Don’t let this happen. As you plan your day, make sure you schedule at least 30 minutes to eat and take a break.
8. Install the security alarm system – this isn’t under the safety section of this post because you can be safe in your house without an alarm. I’m thinking of your alarm as the added layer of protection. With that said, updated alarms come with a lot of features. You can arm/disarm and look at video all on your smartphone. My word of advice here is to get what you feel like you’ll actually use and will give you a since of security. Don’t get caught up in selecting every feature available.
9. Unpack essentials or use unpack in a day system – you want to get quick access to your things. If you know certain events are coming up, like your daughter’s ballet practice, make sure you have those items where you can easily get to them. Other basic items include your toothbrush, toilet paper, and paper towels. These would be good items to place in a carry on bag that you place in your car during the move, as opposed to being boxed up. Better yet, if you use the Better Buyer Savvy Seller unpack in a day system, you’ll have access to everything you need the first night!
10. Have new appliances delivered and installed – this installation is similar to any other home delivery. You’ll be given a delivery window and you’ll need to sit at the house for the delivery person to show up. I suggest you schedule this delivery your first day since you’ll already be home. To be prepared, ensure you’ve purchased all necessary items like washer, dryer and refrigerator water hoses.
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11. Set up internet connection – this is another installation that you’ll need to be home all day for, so schedule this for the first day too.
12. Install curtains – if you didn’t schedule custom blind installation yet, you can purchase temporary shades at your local hardware store or on Amazon.
13. Introduce yourself – you’ll want to get to know the neighbors. This will give you a since of familiarity with your surroundings, and they’ll want to get to know you as well.
14. Change toilet seats – this could be included with deep cleaning, but I’m a germaphobe and want to get specific with this one. If you’ve purchased a resale home, install a new toilet seat. Because, germs. If your home is new, and was professionally cleaned before move in, I still highly recommend you clean the seat thoroughly before using it.
15. Change air filters – changing your air filters the first week of you living in your new house will help with two things. One is that you’ll be able to know that you have clean fresh air coming through your HVAC. The second reason is that it’ll be easier for you to remember when to schedule the next time you should change the filters.
What to do after moving into a new home – essential
After you secure your safety and get comfortable, there are still some essential tasks you should take care of.
16. Update vehicle and voter registration – in most counties you can’t update your registration until after you move and have the closing documents in hand. A tip is to call ahead and find out the best day and time to visit. No need to wait in a super long line if you don’t have to
17. Inspect boxes and inventory major items – take a quick once over after boxes are placed in rooms will help you ensure that you have the same number of boxes delivered as there were packed. You’ll also be able to determine if there’s any damage. Most moving companies have a limited window to report damaged or missing items, so know what that window is for your moving truck ahead of time.
18. Locate the circuit breaker, main water and gas shut off valve – things happen. Hopefully, Murphy’s Law won’t happen as soon as you move into your new home, but if it does, be ready. Water leaks and gas leaks are no joke. Who wants to evacuate as soon as they move into their new home? Knowing where and how to operate the turn-off valves is an essential task. In case of emergency, this will definitely add to your comfort.
19. Deep clean carpet – alright, this is another germaphobe thing for me. Getting carpets cleaned with help them feel cleaner and brighter (as well as more long-lasting) so get them cleaned as soon as you move in.
19 things everyone should do immediately after they move
I covered a lot of things you should do immediately after your move. Hopefully these tips will help you get settled into your home faster. You should feel safe, comfortable and confident knowing that you’ve taken care of the essentials. I’ve created a handy-dandy checklist as well as other tools and worksheets that will help you buy, sell and decorate with confidence and clarity.
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