Adjusting to new life changes and getting back into a normal routine is often challenging. This is true for adapting to a new life in a new house. Whether it is a preowned home or new build, this list will help smooth the transition of one of your life’s most significant changes: moving into a new home.
1. Change the locks
When the closing is over and you have gotten the keys to your new house, it’s time to buy and install new locks on all exterior doors. Previous owners, realtors and anyone that provided maintenance on the house could all have a set of keys to the current locks.
2. Change your address
First start by contacting the local post office and ask what you need to do for a change of address. Next contact all creditors, magazine subscriptions and anyone else that you could miss an issue or bill.
3. Set Up Utilities
This can be as simple as contacting the previous owners for the utilities companies’ contact information when you’re moving into a preowned home. You will want to have the basic services in your name before you move in these include electricity, gas, water, sewer, garbage, cable, internet and possibly telephone.
4. Locate Necessary Features (main breaker, water shut offs, smoke detectors, etc)
In case of an emergency, you need to know where the main circuit breaker is located along with the location of the water shut offs. Make sure that you understand the labeling on the breaker. Label it yourself before moving in if it is unlabeled.
5. Clean, Clean, Clean
One you have the utilities turned on, you are ready to start freshening up your new home. Some folks may leave the home clean for you and some may not. In either case, it’s always a good idea to wipe out cupboards, sweep and mop floors, wash the windows and baseboards.
6. Fresh coat of paint
Once you have everything spic-and- span, you can apply a fresh coat of paint. This will be much easier to do before all of your furniture and belongings are moved in. Remember that you can always hire professionals if you are short on time.
7. Install new switch plates and other mismatched items
Preowned homes have likely gone through many renovations which can leave mismatched, dirty or discolored outlet cover plates. You also could find rusted, damaged or missing air vent covers. Replacing all of these to match creates a cleaner feel and newness to the home.
8. Install window treatments
Whether you are updating the current window treatments or installing new ones, having something up on the windows will not only give your privacy, but that added last-minute finishing touch.
9. And of course, send out new contact information
When you are all done prepping and moving into your new home you can send out new contact information to family and friends. You also can invite everyone over for a house-warming party to show off your new home!