Planning, organizing, packing, and cleaning – moving into a new home can be overwhelming. Nevertheless, some people would describe it as a fun and exciting process and it's easy to see why – you're moving to a new place, maybe a new city or even a new country! In order to make everything run smoothly, you need to pay close attention to every detail. We understand that this is an energy-draining process. To help you out, we've prepared a list of five things you need to consider before you move into your new place.
Changing the door locks in your new home
In order to prevent anyone who has the key of the past owners' house from intruding, make sure to change all the locks on your new house. No one wants unwanted guests randomly entering their home, so consider re-keying the existing locks or installing new ones. In addition, it would be a good idea to consult with a professional to be sure you're making the right decision – they'll tell you what's the better option. Install deadlocks on your own to save money or hire a locksmith to do the work for you. Making sure no one but you has the key to your home is the crucial step you must take in order to protect your family and home. Safety first!
Moving your furniture and belongings
Moving all your stuff from your old place can be a hassle since you need to pack everything and then transport it. First, group your things by type and whether they're fragile or robust. Use strong, solid boxes and vary their sizes. Be sure to use labels on everything to avoid damaging or breaking the content in the boxes. Also, use padding like tissue papers, bubble wrap and foam packing peanuts for additional protection. Second, you need to decide on the means of transport to move everything to the new place. Opting for Budget truck rental deals means that you can use their vehicles to transport your belongings from point A to point B at a reasonable cost. Choose the vehicle according to your needs and you're good to go – literally!
Checking if the appliances and protective devices are in working order
Before you move into your new home, be sure to test all appliances and devices to avoid any unexpected situations. Fire alarms, fire extinguishers, and smoke detectors – they are crucial protective components every home needs to have. Change the batteries in alarms and detectors and see if anything else needs replacing or repairing. Change the air filter in order for your air conditioning to work properly. Another important thing is to learn where the breaker box is so that you know where to go in case of an emergency. Also, find gas and water shutoff valves, and check if there are any leaks – it's better to be familiar with where everything is and if it's working properly than delaying it. Better safe than sorry!
Disinfecting and pest control
There can be a lot of potentially harmful, tiny organisms hiding in our new house without us even knowing it. Vermin like termites, cockroaches, and rodents are common guests of any home with favourable living conditions – a damp basement is the perfect breeding ground for them. Cleaning often and using dehumidifiers can help, but hiring a professional pest control operator is a sure way to deal with unwanted critters living in many nooks and crannies of your home. Do it right from the start and make sure to repeat the process annually to avoid any unpleasant surprises – even if you don't see them, it doesn't have to mean that there aren't any!
Starting fresh – cabinets, closets, walls and carpets
Before you place your furniture inside your new home, you want to make sure every inch of the space has been thoroughly cleaned. Tackle the cabinets and closets first – clear them out and give them a proper wipe-down before you unbox your dish-ware, shoes, and clothes. After that, you can move on to painting the walls – since the rooms are empty, it's easier to do it straight away. Use the colour wheel and make sure that your walls and furniture match. If you're not sure which colour to pick, go with white – it always looks fresh and clean. Last, but equally important, are the carpets – have them professionally cleaned or rent a steam cleaner and do it yourself. Now, you can move your furniture in and start fresh, with both clean space and conscience!
Many things need to be considered when moving to a new home – it's exciting and stressful at the same time. By properly preparing for moving out and handling everything with a positive attitude, you can even enjoy the process along the way.
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About the PublisherBo Kauffmann is a residential real estate agent with over 18 yrs experience in helping buyers and sellers achieve their goals. Inducted into the REMAX Hall of Fame in 2010 and receiving the REMAX Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019, Bo has sold over 500 houses and condos in the Greater Winnipeg market. He is an accredited buyer representative (A.B.R.) and a Luxury Home Marketing Specialist. Bo provides exceptional service to First-Time Home-Buyers, Seniors looking to downsize and Home Sellers of all ages. He can be reached easily By E-Mail or call/text him Call/Text Here
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