Moving into a New House: What to Expect

Posted By:
Meghan 9/19/2012
3:19 PM
Congratulations! You’re moving into a new house! And congratulations, you’re now your own landlord! Of course, being a homeowner is awesome (you're building equity and investing in your future – a win-win), but it’s good to be aware that there’s a lot that goes with it. 

I’ve compiled a few things that were designed to help you prepare for homeownership and to give you an idea of what to purchase and what to expect when you’re moving into a new home:

Tool Kit and Basic Repair Book – With homeownership comes great responsibility and a personal skills test. Many repairs around the house can be done with some guidance, and a lot of patience and confidence. But it’s important to know when to call an expert.  

Appliances – The stove, oven and dishwasher normally come standard in a home sale, but you’ll likely have to purchase appliances like a refrigerator, washer and dryer. You also need to think about small appliances too, like a vacuum, microwave, toaster, coffee pot, blender, etc.

Window Coverings – If it’s truly a new home and not just a new to you home, you will need to get some window coverings unless you want your new neighbors to get to know you really quickly.

Yard Tools – You may need tools for yard maintenance sooner rather than later, depending on the time of year you move in.  Yard tools we suggest are: lawn mower, garden hose, rake and broom.

Secure the Perimeter – If you have a pet that requires a fence to contain, make sure it does its job. Walk the perimeter and let your animal loose to see if there are any security breaches.  

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors – There should be a smoke detector on every level of the house and in every bedroom. It’s good practice to test them monthly and change batteries annually. Carbon monoxide detectors are also imperative if your home utilizes gas.  

Toilet Plunger – Because it’s better to own one and never use it than to need one and not have it.

Re-Keying – If this is a new to you house and had previous occupants, you need to think about re-keying the locks. You might not know the folks who have keys given to them by the previous owners. Re-keying your locks can give you peace of mind and possibly thwart a crime.

Upgrades – If you don’t like the carpet or the paint color in a room, changing it out before you move in can be a lot easier than once everything is in place. You can save yourself some time and money if you can beat the moving truck and get a few things done while the place is still empty. This is also a good time to install extra storage in closets and the garage.

Toilet Seats – It’s something a friend told me when I moved into me first house – “you use it every day and do you really want a used toilet seat in your new house?” The point was not lost on me and I have replaced all the toilet seats in all the houses I have ever bought. Just think of it as a little moving-in gift to yourself and your family.

Miscellaneous – It never fails that once the house is sold and has passed inspection the previous owners don’t feel as obligated to change light bulbs or the batteries in the thermostat (or anything else for that matter). A box of miscellaneous light bulbs, batteries, string, nails, screws, picture frame wire, and other odds and ends can be helpful when you first move in.

Other Things to do when moving into a new house

  • Buy trashcans and bags
  • Buy cleaning supplies
  • Transfer utilities
  • Meet the Neighbors
  • Forward your Mail
  • Subscribe to the local newspaper
  • Pay attention to your new bill due dates
  • Get the number of a good handyman
I’m sure there is more that can be added to this list. U-Pack's Moving Checklist offers some other great advice. We would also love for you to leave a comment to help your fellow man learn what to expect when moving into a new house. Happy Moving!
Category: Moving Tips

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