It’s finally here. Part 2 of the Ultimate Guide to Moving into Your New Home. Everyone knows the least favorite part of the new home process is the moving process. That’s why Tal has created the complete moving guide to getting settled into a new home. The list will take the guessing out of “What’s next?” If you are wondering what you should be doing pre, during, and post move, this moving guide checklist will help you on this journey.
Your new home move should be exciting, not a headache! So, here is the conclusion of the 8-week guide of how to pack for a move will keep you on track, and you’ll be sure to have everything done between now and the big day, leaving you plenty of time to celebrate.
Two Weeks Before
Being two weeks away, the focus on moving shifts to update your accounts and records for your new place and address. Make sure to have everything on your complete guide to moving into a new home checked off at this two-week point.
27. Transfer your utilities including water, electric, and natural gas: Set up trash removal and recycling for your new home, and make plans to cancel your current service. You can also prepare a list of emergency service technicians and preferred providers.
28. Take care of the technology: Make sure to back up your computer. If something happens during the move, you’ll be thankful you have everything saved in an alternate place.
29. Return borrowed items from friends and family. If you are moving out of town, this is a great time to say goodbye and schedule the next time you can touch base. In the line of the family, if you have little ones, line up a babysitter for moving dates if needed. And the same with pets. You will want to them in a safe place during your move.
30. Let the world know: These days, a simple social post will do, but if you want to get fancy you can send out a card. You may get some offers to help with the move too!
31. Talk to your HOA: You will want to know what is accepted in your new area. Also, transfer your homeowners or renters insurance to your new home.
32. Update your driver’s license and any other monthly subscriptions boxes you receive. Change your address for your auto insurance and car registration. Make sure you canceled and/or redirected scheduled deliveries.
One Week Before
The week has come! It’s time to make sure you organize your belongings, finish packing, and clean your old home. Make sure everything’s squared away early and that you have everything checked off the moving guide. It’ll allow for a stress-free moving day – and who wouldn’t want that?
33. Stock up and Pack: Refill your needed prescription for the next couple of weeks.
34. Pack your suitcases with a goal to finish general packing a few days before your moving date. Suitcases should have each family member include enough clothes to wear for a few days. Pack an essentials box with everything you’ll need for your first 24 hours in your new home.
35. Double-check the details: Take a look at what you have in your notes in regards to the company’s arrival time and if there are other specific directions to your new home. Make sure staff has your cell phone number.
36. Plan for the payment. If you haven’t already arranged to pay your mover with a credit card, get a money order, cashier’s check, or cash for payment and tip. If the staff has done a good job, 10 to 15 percent of the total fee is a good tip. Don’t forget that refreshments are always appreciated.
A Few Days Before:
37. Contact the moving company. Verify the size of the moving truck. Additionally, you can check if the moving truck has the company’s branding or vehicle number that was listed in your confirmation.
38. Defrost the freezer: Unplug your fridge and freezer to defrost the night before. Make sure you lay a towel in front of it to absorb any water that leaks. Drain water hoses to your washing machine and ice maker.
39. Clean up: See what the specifications are for what needs to be done to get the deposit back.
40. Think of others: Notify your office that you plan to supervise the move and therefore need the day off. You can also leave a note or small gift to workers if you are moving. Another thoughtful gesture would be donating unopened food to Three Square.
All your moving prep has led you to moving day! Forty items checked off. Today, make sure you get an early start. The earlier you move in, the more time you will have to start unpacking and settling into your new home.
41. Good Morning! Make sure you set the alarm and have your moving guide ready. Get up early on moving day. Watch the weather channel and prepare for accordingly in case there is rain or snow.
42. Protect your floors and carpets: Put plastic cover on the floors, as movers and yourself will be going in and out frequently.
43. Take inventory: Before the movers leave, sign the bill of lading/inventory list and keep a copy.
All Settled In
44. First things first: Make your bed and unpack your shower curtain and toiletries. This makes a nap and a shower so much easier. Promise, it will be one of the first things you will want to do.
45. Go grocery shopping: At this point, you’ve probably been eating on the go a lot. Also, having food in the house will make it feel more like home.
46. Cover up: Cover your windows with sheets for privacy for your first night. You probably attracted some attention moving in. You will feel better with this privacy.
47. Be Grateful: Thank your real estate agent or broker. They’re the reason why you’ve moved into your beautiful new home. A simple thank you note goes a long way.
48. Shop around for cable, internet, and phone bundles. Then, schedule installation and/or cancel your old services.
49. Get to know your neighbors!
50. Take lots of pictures! Put everyone in front of the house for a beautiful family photo. Even inside, snap some shots of moving in that you will be sure to look back on and enjoy!
Your New Home is Waiting For You
Now is the time to start looking to buy a new home. Whatever home you’re looking for, whether it be a beautiful luxury home or something more affordable, this moving guide will help in the process and Tai Iozef is your real estate agent.