10 Things to Do After Moving into a New Home

These 10 things to do after moving into a new home will help to make the transition go smoothly.

By Jamie Goodwin

 

Purchasing a new house is exciting, but there are a few things to do after moving into a new home that you shouldn’t forget. Here are the top 10 tasks that are important to do before you start moving your furniture in.

 

Complete a DIY Home Inspection

Take some time to walk through the home and conduct a thorough DIY home inspection. Make sure that everything is in good condition. Take note of anything that needs to be replaced or added to the home.

 

During your walkthrough, check the water and electricity meters. Take a picture of the meter readings for your records. Also, make a note of where the circuit breakers and water turn-off valves are so you can find them in case of an emergency.

 

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Consider Home Renovation Projects

If you haven’t already started brainstorming home renovation ideas, now’s the time to do it. Set aside a budget for your renovation projects. There are some projects that you may choose to complete before moving in, such as repainting rooms or changing the carpet.

 

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Change the Locks

You never know who has keys to your new home. The former homeowners could have given a copy to their friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, deliveryman, and countless of other people. Don’t just hope for the best. Instead, change the locks and consider other security measures.

 

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Determine Furniture Layout

Before moving in, you can use a virtual home designer to determine where your furniture should go. When you do this, figure out what furniture you still need to purchase. A virtual home designer also gives you the opportunity to start organizing a new home before you even move in. Determine where everything will go, so you can label your moving boxes now.

 

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Pet Proof (and/or Child Proof) Your Home

Moving to a new place can be hard on pets and children. Make it easier by planning ahead for them. Make some home updates that will make the space more kid- or pet-friendly. For example, your pets could benefit from:

 

  • Stain-resistant carpet and fabrics
  • Heated floors
  • Automatic feeders
  • Doggy shower
  • Hidden litter boxes
  • Doggy doors
  • Cat ramps
  • Platform beds

 

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Child-proofing or pet-proofing your house doesn’t need to take a lot of time, but it can make all the difference for a smooth transition with your children and/or pets. Think about any home updates that you can do to make your children and/or pets feel more at home.

 

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Service the HVAC Equipment

When was the last time the HVAC equipment was serviced? You probably aren’t sure. But, servicing the equipment is important to keep it in great condition and ensure it’s working properly.

 

During the service visit, a professional cleans the equipment, replaces the air filter, and takes other steps to see that everything is working efficiently. If there are any issues, the professional can diagnose and repair them before it becomes a problem.

 

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Contact an Exterminator

Does the home have issues with spiders, ants, cockroaches, rodents, or other pests? Consider hiring an exterminator to examine the premises and treat the home for pests. Stay on top of the problem, so you won’t have a pest control issue later on.

 

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Deep Clean the Home

In the perfect world, you’d move into a new home and the former homeowners would have left everything perfectly clean and tidy. Sadly, many people end up moving into homes with grimy walls, dusty baseboards, and dirty appliances. Talk to friends and neighbors for home cleaning tips that you can use to get everything in like-new condition. Or, hire a professional to come through and clean your new place for you.

 

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Change Your Address

Go to USPS.com/move to change your address online. Changing your address via the U.S. Post Office website is the preferred method for speed and convenience, and you immediately get an email confirmation of the change.

 

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Or you can do it the old fashion way, and visit your local post office to fill out the necessary forms.

 

Whichever way you officially change your address, it’s best to do it as soon as possible because some jurisdictions have short deadlines for address change notifications before they start levying penalties.

 

Then contact your insurance agent, utility company, creditors, magazine subscriptions, financial institutions, and others to update your contact information.

 

Install Window Treatments

For homeowners that value privacy, installing window treatments before moving day is important. In some cases, the former homeowners may have left the window treatments. However, you may need to purchase and install your own blinds and drapes. Measure the windows to find out what sizes you should get.

 

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These 10 things to do after moving into a new home will help to make the transition go smoothly. What other steps would you recommend taking before or immediately after moving into a new home? Share your ideas in the comments below.