Moving Into a New House
New house checklist
Are you feeling overwhelmed by the thought of moving to a new house? You’re probably thinking about everything that needs to be done like connecting the utilities, remodeling the areas that need work and cleaning old messes (just to name a few). To make sure you aren’t forgetting any important details, we’ve compiled a list of things you should do when moving to a new house. Follow these tips to help make your new place feel more like home.
10 ways to get your new home ready
1. Connect utilities
For local moves, call the electric, water, gas, garbage and sewer companies to transfer your utilities so that everything is ready to go before moving day arrives. For long distance moves, it can be a little more time consuming because not all providers are nationwide. When you purchased the house, you should have been told which utility companies service your area. Call them to set up an appointment to connect them, and be sure to cancel your current accounts and collect any deposits you put down.
2. Locate the main circuit breaker and water valve
In case you ever need to shut off the electricity or water, it’s a good idea to locate the main circuit breaker and water valve and familiarize yourself with how they work. And if your breaker box doesn’t have any labels on the switches, you may want to create some.
3. Test the plumbing
Although a professional inspector should check for plumbing issues, sometimes problems are overlooked. Before moving in, look for any leaks near the toilet, drains, pipes and hot water tank. Check for clogged drains by letting water run a few minutes in sinks and tubs. Anything that doesn’t seem to be working properly could mean you have bad plumbing. Now’s a good time to call a certified plumber to see what needs work.
4. Pest-proof your home
It’s much easier to get rid of pests in an empty home rather than one that’s fully furnished. Spend some time examining the house’s corners, crawl spaces, attic, basement and yard. Are there any unwanted critters lurking around? If so, either treat them yourself or call an exterminator.
Pro tip: If you’ve moved long distance, consider putting your items in storage while you complete tasks that are easier in an empty space.
5. Change out filters and vents
If you’re moving into an older home, be sure to inspect all filters and vents, and replace as needed. Areas of focus include:
- Kitchen sink aeration filter
- Heating and AC unit air filter
- Range hood vent
- Chimney vent
- Dryer vent
6. Make sure appliances work
Imagine how inconvenient it would be to move into a home that didn’t have working appliances — maybe the stove doesn’t work and you can’t cook dinner, or the washer is broken and the laundry keeps piling up. Save yourself from stress by testing and then fixing (or replacing) the following appliances:
- Washer and dryer
- Garbage disposal
7. Switch out old light bulbs
To save energy in your new home, you may want to replace all light bulbs with LED bulbs (don’t forget outside lights, too!). They last longer than incandescent bulbs and they’re also safer for you and the environment. Read more about energy efficient LED bulbs.
8. Remodel as needed
Are there specific areas in your new home that need remodeling? Take care of these messier tasks while your house is a blank slate — not only will it be easier, but it’ll prevent your belongings from being ruined. Some projects you may consider:
- Painting walls, ceilings and kitchen cabinets
- Laying new flooring
- Scraping off popcorn ceilings in older homes
- Replacing loose or old doorknobs
- Installing new light fixtures
9. Deep clean your new home
Nothing says “welcome home” like a clean house. And it’s definitely easier to deep clean bathrooms, kitchens, living spaces, carpets, walls and windows while the house is empty. You won’t have to worry about moving furniture and other items around in order to vacuum or dust. And even though you’ll have to use a little elbow grease to get the job done, it’ll be worth it. Ask a group of friends or family members to help you out and then read our cleaning like a pro post to get a good idea of where to start and what products to use. Or, consider hiring a professional cleaning service if you’re limited on time.
10. Complete a home security assessment
A task you may not be aware of — but definitely one of the most crucial — is completing a home security assessment. Doing so can determine whether or not your residence is safe from break-ins, fires and other unforeseen threats. And even though you can’t prevent all danger, being proactive and aware gives you a better chance at keeping you, your family and your home unharmed. Use this home safety checklist to get started.
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