5 Things You Should Do Before You Move In
Congratulations! You’ve purchased your new home and it’s time to move in. As much as you want to unpack and get settled, there are a few important steps to take care of to ensure your new place is safe and sanitary for you and your family. Here are five things you should do before you move into your new home.
1. Change Your Address
First thing’s first, update your address. Lucky for you, USPS makes mail forwarding simple. Just head to the Change of Address portion of their website and enter in the address you would like your mail now forwarded to. After you’ve switched your mail, make sure to update your address on your ID, credit cards and other subscriptions like Amazon.
2. Find Your Breaker Box and Shut Off Valves
In case of a power outage, a gas leak, or a busted water pipe, it’s important to know where all of the valves and breaker boxes are in your home. Doing so now will mitigate added stress if you’re ever put in an emergency situation.
3. Check Your Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
While this should be completed during a home inspection, it’s always a good idea to double check your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors before move-in day. Put new batteries in all your smoke alarms and make sure there is a carbon monoxide detector plugged into the wall near each sleeping area in the home.
4. Clean Your Carpets, Cabinets, and Toilet Seats
When moving into a previously owned home, it’s important to do a deep clean before the big day. It’s likely that the house has been vacant for a few weeks or even months before you move in, and dirt is likely to build up. We recommend cleaning the carpets, wiping down all the cabinets, and replacing all of the toilet seats before you start unpacking.
5. Change the Locks and Garage Codes
For safety purposes, it’s highly recommended that all locks on doors, garage codes, and security system passcodes are changed as soon as possible. These can be easily modified by a local locksmith or completed through a hardware store like Home Depot. The sooner that these are changed, the sooner you and your family will feel safe and comfortable in your new home.
We also recommend installing curtains or shades before or on move-in day for privacy.
Now that you’ve checked these items off your ‘pre-move in’ checklist, you can focus on the fun tasks that come with moving like home decor and organizing! Looking for some new home inspiration? Check out our blog on some of our favorite home decoration Instagram accounts.