What to Do After Moving Into a New Home
by Sandy Dodge
Nothing beats the feeling of buying a new home. You’ve worked hard with your agent to find the right home for you, you’ve worked with the seller to finalize the deal, and you’ve signed all the paperwork to transfer ownership. Congratulations! Everything has led to securing your new home, so now that you’re officially moving, what do you do next? Here’s a quick guide to the move-in process to help you get settled into your new home.
The day you move, you’ll be juggling all kinds of timelines at once. You’re coordinating with movers, arranging for trucks to be picked up and dropped off, and making sure that nothing gets damaged in the process. The best thing you can do on this chaotic but exciting day is to be available. Being on hand at your new home to answer the mover’s questions will help speed up the process.
It helps to have a checklist of your important items to make sure nothing has gotten lost during the moving process. Check these items off one by one as the movers bring them in. Next, you’ll want to confirm that the utilities have been turned on and are ready for use. Check all lights, smoke detectors, appliances, CO2 alarms, your home security system, fire extinguishers, etc. Finally, install new locks and make sure your keys work properly.
What to Do After Moving In
- Clean and Unpack: Before you start emptying your boxes, it’s a good idea to wipe down the surfaces to keep your items from getting dirty. A full deep cleaning of your home may not be in the cards just yet since there’s still plenty of moving to be done, which inevitably brings more dust and dirt in the house.
- Childproof and Pet-Safe Home: If you’ve got little ones and/or pets, this is the time to set up their accommodations. Learn more about how to properly childproof your home so your kids can feel like it’s home sweet home from day one. When preparing to house your pets, keep in mind that some cleaning methods are more pet-friendly than others.
- Setup and Organize: Now it’s time to get everything in its right place. Organize room by room, storing items in logical places where you won’t forget them as soon as they’re stowed away. The first rooms you’ll want to tackle are the bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchen. These are the rooms you’ll need the most during the first few days in your new home, so having them put together will better position you to tackle the rest of the house. Getting your closets, bathroom cabinets, and kitchen drawers organized from the start will make for a more enjoyable moving process.
- Update Your Information: You’ll also want to update your address everywhere it’s applicable as soon as possible, consider setting up mail forwarding to ensure you don’t miss any important mail in the meantime.
For more information on the moving process, visit our comprehensive Moving Checklist, available as a interactive webpage and downloadable PDF here: