15 Things You Need to Do Before You Move

Just bought a new house? It’s important to be as prepared as possible during the moving process! For this reason, we’ve come up with 15 of the most important things to add to your moving day to-do list so you won’t feel so stressed once the big day arrives. Read on to see what you need to know!

1. Start Packing Early

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Packing for a big move is never fun, but the earlier you start, the better. Start by collecting moving materials like boxes, tape and labels. Then, pack the things you won’t need for a while first so you can get a head start on getting everything together.

Aside from packing, you’ll also need to prepare your wallet…

2. Make a Moving Budget

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Moving costs money, so it’s important to consider any upcoming expenses you might have. Set aside some time to create a moving budget in case you might need the following…

3. Hire Movers and/or a Truck

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Lots of people choose to hire professional movers or rent a truck for their move. If you feel you will need to do one or both of these things, it’s important to plan ahead, especially because moving companies typically schedule far out. Check for local companies that have good reviews to ensure your move goes as smoothly as possible.

Before you move into your new home, you might want to consider the following…

4. Ask for a Final Walk-Through

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Asking your realtor to schedule a final walk-through isn’t always necessary, but it’s a good idea, especially if you haven’t stepped through the home since the first tour. Walk-throughs allow you to feel more comfortable about moving into your new space, as well as preparing for the following…

5. Measure

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If you haven’t measured the spaces in your new home already, now is the time to do so. A final walk-through allows you more time to get those measurements you might need for furniture, TVs and more.

Make sure to do the following before you move in…

6. Call Utility Companies

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Calling all utility companies (water, trash/recycle, electric, gas, internet, etc.) before you move is a must. Make sure your current utility companies are aware that you are moving, and that your new utility companies know your move-in date. Now is the time to set up new accounts and close old ones.

You aren’t the only one who needs to feel comfortable about moving, as the next slide shows…

7. Prep Your Pet(s)

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If you have pets, then it’s a must to be prepared for the emotions that they might experience with a move. Call their veterinarian if you are concerned about potential anxiety they might experience. To ensure they are as comfortable as possible, make sure to have their favorite bed, toys and food ready once you finally move in to your new home.

This next slide is something not to avoid or put off…

8. Follow Up on Repairs

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Sometimes, homes need repairs. If you are aware of any repairs that need to be taken care of (usually these can be confirmed after a home inspection), you can schedule them out now.

This next tip is just as critical as repairs…

9. Hire a Locksmith

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Changing locks is another important thing to add to your to-do list once you move in. Call a local locksmith to come out and change all of your locks. Now might also be the time to consider an alarm system.

To ensure even more safety at your new home, make sure to do the following as soon as you move in…

10. Replace Smoke Detector Batteries

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It’s impossible to know the last time the batteries in your new smoke detectors were changed. For this reason, go ahead and change out all the batteries with fresh ones.

This next to-do is important if you need new things for your new home…

11. Order Furniture, if Needed

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After you’ve been in your new space for a while, you can start to think about any furniture you need. Make sure to check out all of your options, both online and in-store before you make any big decisions. And, of course, make sure your measurements are correct before ordering any furniture.

Next up is a great tip if you want to feel more at home right away…

12. Meet Your Neighbors

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If you didn’t get the chance to meet your new neighbors during the home-buying process, now’s the time. Take a walk around the block and introduce yourself to your neighbors to get a better feeling about your new community.

The following to-do item is important to do before you move in…

13. Change Addresses

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Make sure to make a quick trip to your local post office before you move in to change your address. Once you move in, follow up with your employer, doctor’s office, dentist’s office and all subscription services to give them your new address, too.

Never forget to do the following regularly, especially right when you move in…

14. Clean

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Cleaning your new space is important, and it will help you feel better about moving all of your stuff in, too. To best clean your new space, sweep and vacuum all of the floors, wipe down all surfaces and clean the bathroom(s).

For our final tip, it’s important to put yourself first…

15. Rest

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Now that you’re all moved in, it’s time to rest! Yes, it’s time to take time for yourself and take a break. Whether this means watching a movie in your new family room or taking a quick nap on your cozy new bed, it’s important to give yourself a break and enjoy your new home.


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