If there’s anything that can be both fun and frustrating at the same time, it’s moving into a new home. There’s packing, making sure the movers have the right address, checking for pests and cleaning, among other tasks you need to do to make sure your new space is ready to receive new occupants.
But moving can be a worry-free experience if you know which things need to be done first. Assuming there’s no issue with your new home’s structural, plumbing, electrical and HVAC systems, we can focus on the things you need to do for moving day. Here are the most important things you need to see to when making the big move.
First night essentials
The first day you move in will be full of activity: unpacking boxes, moving furniture, cleaning and dusting – the works. And it’s highly possible you won’t be able to finish everything all at once. At the end of the day, you will surely feel tired, sometimes even too tired to look around the unopened boxes where exactly your toothbrush and towels are.
To make your first night comfortable, it’s advisable to pack a box containing items you’ll immediately need, such as towels, toilet paper and basic toiletries, bed linen for your new mattress, a change of clothing and a few dishes and cups for dinner and breakfast.
Top tip: As soon as you get your bedroom cleaned up on moving day, place your first night essentials there. Take your new mattress out of its packaging and allow it to air out while you do other tasks around the house. This way, at the end of the day the new mattress smell is gone and all you’ll need to do is to put the bedsheets on so you can sleep soundly and comfortably.
Install new locksets and deadbolts so you can have peace of mind that you’re the only one who has access to your home. As soon as you’ve checked the new locks, have spare keys cut for yourself and for each member of the household who can be trusted with having his or her own key.
You can also have a set of spares cut for friends or family that live nearby, just in case everyone in the house forgets their key. This can totally happen, especially since you’re all probably still getting used to a new routine.
Some folks are lucky enough to move to a new home with all the cabinets already clean and equipped with organizers. Most aren’t that fortunate, which is why you need to check the state of your new home’s cabinets first before you even unpack that first box.
Make sure the cabinets and drawers are clean, especially the kitchen cabinets and closet cabinets. It wouldn’t be a good idea to put dishes and utensils in a drawer that’s been home to the usual nasty critters, for example. Clean cabinets thoroughly using a non-toxic cleaner and place new contact paper as well. Having new closet organizers at the ready is also important so that you won’t have to take everything out again and reorganize.
Those are the top 3 things you need to consider when moving into a new home. The other details such as window treatments, decor and carpeting can surely wait, so don’t stress out over those just yet. Just get these basic things seen to first, and everything else will be a breeze.