Moving is so exciting! There’s nothing like knowing you have a brand new space to enjoy, decorate, and make your very own. But, before moving day, there are a lot of things which need to happen. What are some of the last minute things which should be on your checklist?
Turn On Your Utilities
Whether you’re renting or preparing to buy, make sure you transfer over your utilities in advance! This includes basics like water and electricity, but also transferring internet. All of these can be scheduled in advance for the beginning the day that you move in. This is particularly important to schedule at least a week in advance, so that workers can turn on or move over your services. You don’t want to sleep in a dark house with no flushing toilets for a few days!
Get an Inspection
If you are purchasing a home, then you absolutely should have an inspection as part of your purchase process. If you are planning on renting, and especially if you have no property management group involved, you also need to get an inspection in advance. Walk around yourself as well to take photos of any damage or complications that you see are already existent in your rental. Roofing issues are difficult to spot on your own. The same is true for plumbing issues under a house. This is why having a professional inspection in advance might be a good idea for renting as well as for purchase.
Change of Address at the Post Office
Home is where you get your mail, and even if much of that is a bill, you need it to be able to find you! Making sure that your new address is on all of your new mail, subscription services, and even your credit card bills can take a good while. In the meantime, make sure that you have registered online for a change of address at the post office. Go ahead and change your address on regular sites where you shop, too!
Your new home will then be ready when you arrive. Make sure that as you pack, you have a “basics box” to go in first, including crucial things like paper cups and plates, soap, toilet paper and towels. Think about what you’ll need that first night, before you unpack. Then you’ll be ready to wake up and face unpacking in your new home!