Are you relocating to a new house? The entire process of packing everything up and moving is quite tedious. There are a lot of things to be looked after and not enough time.
While it is a time and labour-intensive task, you can ensure everything goes smoothly with proper planning and organisation. Doing so will help make moving house much easier and reduce the stress of moving. If you want your first day at the new house to be stress-free, don’t forget to take care of the following things. Take out your planner and let’s get to work.
Look at Energy Plans
You need to disconnect your current electricity connection and get a new one for your new house. You can either continue with your existing retailer, but this is a good time to shop around and find the best energy provider for your requirements.
Remember that shopping for energy might require you to get a few basics down to make the right decision. Compare the rates of different energy companies that allow you access to customer perks, fixed-rate plans, and amazing customer service.
You can also begin by determining the energy you require and consider your energy patterns. Pay attention to whether you are moving to a deregulated state. This way, you’ll know whether or not you have a choice when it comes to choosing a service provider.
Change the Locks
You can never be sure how many people the previous tenant gave the house keys to. To be on the safer side and ensure security, change the locks of the house. Hire a locksmith and get new locks fitted. Ideally, this should be done at least a couple of days before you start moving in your belongings.
Get Internet Connection
An internet connection has become just as necessary as electricity. You would need the internet for work or any last-minute Google searches. Get in touch with your internet provider and set up the connection at least a couple of weeks before the move-in date.
Inform Your Family & Friends
Once your move-in date is finalised, inform your friends and family, especially those living close to you. Ensure you tell them in advance and give them time to process the news. Remember that keeping your moving news a secret only makes it harder to say goodbye. Your loved ones might get offended that you kept them in the dark. If you’re lucky, a few of them will offer to help. And trust us, you should take all the help you can get.
Prepare a Moving-In Box
Packing and moving are Herculean tasks. But what follows after is just as exhausting. We’re talking about unpacking.
It would take a couple of days to unpack and organise all your belongings. Until then, your house will be a chaos of all sizes of moving boxes. But you need to brush your teeth, now what? Rummaging around in all the boxes will be frustrating and take too much.
That’s why you need to prepare a move-in box ahead of time. Fill up a bag or a box with all your essentials, including toiletries, extra clothes, snacks, cash, scissors, duct tape and medicine.
Hire Professional Cleaners
To get your deposit back, you need to thoroughly clean your old house before handing over the keys. And for moving in you also require your new home to be clean as well. Instead of being on your hand and knees, seek help from professional cleaners. You should ask for discounts since you’ll be hiring them for two jobs.
Coordinate with Movers
It’s a good idea to contact and coordinate with movers a couple of days prior to the moving day. You should confirm the date and time to make sure everything goes without a hitch.
Plan for Kids & Pets
Relocation is not just stressful for you, but also for your kids and pets. They are leaving behind their friends and a familiar environment. Try your best to make this transition as seamless as possible for them. You can ask your friends or family to take care of them on the day of the move so that you can quickly get the new house in order.
Forward the Mail
Don’t forget to forward your mail to your new address. The chances of informing all your friends and family that you have a new address can be daunting. As a result, forwarding your mail will ensure that you won’t miss significant correspondence from government agencies, friends, family, or banks.
Find the right way to forward your mail and have everything delivered to the right address, including packages, letters, bills, and magazines. However, consider whether your move is permanent or temporary before forwarding the mail.
In case your move is permanent, you can officially update your address. But if the move is temporary, consider using a mail forwarding service that lasts between fifteen days and a year.
Keep Spare Keys
Get a spare set of keys made and remember to keep them in your essentials bag. Getting locked out of your new house is the last thing you want.
Explore the Vicinity
You should familiarise yourself with your new neighbourhood. Take a walk or drive around to know the closest grocery stores, pharmacies, and so on.
Hopefully, adding these chores to your checklist will help you comfortably settle in your new home. Good luck!