5 things to remember before moving to a new home

Moving to your new home

Moving to a new home can be very exciting. However, it can also be a highly stressful experience, particularly without the right preparations.

To minimize the chaos and confusion that often come with moving, it’s best to plan weeks in advance. Here are 5 things to remember before moving day.

Prepare the old home

If you’re renting an apartment or a home, check the terms and conditions of your lease, particularly the guidelines on moving out. Remember that your landlord will be doing a final inspection of the property and will be watching out for areas that need fixing.

Additionally, find out who’s responsible for cleaning up the place at the end of the lease. If you want to get your deposit intact, you might want to arrange for the necessary repairs and clean-up before the landlord’s inspection.

If you’re leaving a home that you owned, make sure to notify all utility companies about the move and give them a date on when to discontinue services. Provide your new address where they can send your bills and other mail.

Sort and pack your belongings

Ideally, you should start packing no later than three weeks before the move.

Moving out presents the best time to sort out your belongings and determine which ones to keep and which ones to discard. Have separate containers for “must keep” and “must discard” items.

You should also consider how to dispose of unwanted stuff.  You might want to donate them to charity, give them away to friends, or hold a garage sale.

Be as organized as possible in packing your belongings. Label all boxes with their content and where they should go in your new home.

Prepare your new home

One of the most important things to remember is to change your utilities services, including electricity, gas, water, telephone and internet providers. If possible, arrange for these to be turned on before you move in.

Below is a list of other things to do to prepare your new home.

  • Change all the locks to ensure only you and people you know have the keys.
  • Clean up the house, whether by yourself or through a cleaning service.
  • Install new switches, outlets, air vent covers and other devices.
  • Get the heating and cooling systems inspected and serviced.
  • If needed, have the walls and ceilings painted.
  • Organize closet spaces. You might want to add shelves, racks, hooks and others.

Arrange for a moving company or transportation

Determine how you will do the move. You might simply ask for help from friends, or you might want to hire a moving company.

If you’re using a professional moving service, make sure you understand all their policies and procedures in advance. Additionally, get the necessary parking permits for the moving vehicles.

Set aside essentials for moving day

You will want to have certain supplies at hand on the day of your move. These include cleaning supplies, personal care products like toothbrushes, bath soaps and towels, toilet paper and similar items.

You may also want to set aside a few cooking utensils as well as disposable paper plates, cups, etc. Make sure you can easily find, unpack and use these items during your first few days in your new home.