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Moving Into a New House

May 21st, 2014 - 2:56 PM

New House Checklist

Are you preparing to move into a new house? Congrats! It’s such an exciting time.

And while it’s exciting, we understand that you may also be feeling a little overwhelmed. With a new house comes a lot of responsibility: prepping the old and new place, packing, moving, and getting settled in. To help alleviate some of the stress, we’ve compiled a list of some the most important things to do when you’re moving into a new house. Just check tasks off the list as you complete them, and you’ll be settled into your new home with your sanity intact.

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Things to Do When Moving Into a New House

  • Hire reputable moving service. The first step to moving is figuring out how you’re moving. Do your homework to make sure you choose a reputable moving service. You’ll also want to make sure you’re getting a great price on your move. Be sure and check out U-Pack. It’s a moving service where you pack, but don’t have to drive – and the prices compare to truck rental. Get a free moving quote here.
  • Pare down your stuff. No matter how you choose to move, you can save by moving less stuff. Why would you pay to move unwanted items? Go through your home and find items you can sell, donate, or trash. This is especially important if you move with U-Pack because you only pay for the space you use, so using less space means paying less!
  • Pack properly. Splurge and use professional moving supplies. Because these boxes and supplies are made for moving, they will keep your belongings safe and secure during your move. If you move with U-Pack, you can save 10% on your moving supplies after reserving your move.

While waiting on your belongings to arrive…

While your belongings are in transit to your new place, you can take care of a few things. But don’t delay! With the fast transit times from U-Pack, you will be moving into a new house before you know it. Better get to work!

  • Set up utilities. Before your belongings arrive, contact your utility companies to have everything set up. Call the electricity, gas, cable, phone, internet, garbage, sewer, water, and any other utilities you may have.
  • Enroll kids in school. Visit your child’s new school to get them ready for enrollment. Even if they don’t begin school until after you move in, getting them enrolled will be one less thing to worry about.
  • Change the locks. If you aren’t the first person to live in your new house, you might want to change the locks.
  • Clean! While your new house is empty, now is the time to clean carpets, all the nooks and crannies, cabinets, and to make sure your home is ready to move in.
  • Paint. It’s much easier to paint without all your furniture inside, so if you want to change your wall colors, now is the time.
  • Set up your home with organizational systems. If you want to install any organizational systems in your closets or kitchen, set them up before you unload the moving trailer.
  • Pest-proof your home. Either treat your home yourself or call a professional. Either way, doing this before moving into a new house is ideal.
  • Find the important stuff. While you have an empty home, find the circuit box and water shutoff valve. If you have gas in your home, find the shut off value for that as well.
  • Keep a first aid kit handy. Just in case you get a cut or bruise while unloading, make sure you have bandages and other first aid items nearby.
  • Change your address. – Contact the post office to set up your new address. Be sure and let your insurance, bank, and any subscriptions know your new address too. Also, update your address on your driver’s license and automobile registration.
  • Get to know your neighborhood. There are places you need to locate, like the grocery store and doctor’s office. Check out this blog post for 10 places you need to locate after moving.
  • Buy water and snacks for unloading. Before the moving trailer arrives and you start unloading and unpacking, buy some water and healthy snacks to keep you fueled and hydrated.
  • Unpack. The last thing to do during your move will be to unpack. We recommend setting up the bedrooms first so you have a place to sleep when the exhaustion sets in.

Now you’re ready to move into a new house!

Taking care of this list will get you all ready for moving in. Don’t be overwhelmed, just take it one day at a time, and one item on the list at a time. Get started now with a free moving quote from U-Pack. Now you can cross “find a moving service” off your list!

If you have any questions about preparing for your move or moving into a new house, just leave us a comment. We’re happy to help.