Moving into a new home can be a very stressful process, but you can make this process easier by having a checklist of what needs to be done during each phase. To help you out, we’ve collected 10 must-have items for your move-in checklist.
- Change the Locks
This should be your number one priority. You have no idea how many keys the previous owners may have given out, so taking the time to change the locks can save you a lot of worry. And if one isn’t already installed, consider getting in touch with a local home security company friendly with new home buyers.
- Change Filters
Lots of common household appliances have filters which regularly need to be changed, like oven vents, furnaces, and air conditioners. The best thing you can do is to change them all as soon as you move in, and mark the date on a calendar so you know when they will need to be changed again. For extra convenience, make a note on your phone about what size filters each of your appliances need.
- Clean House
Another important thing to do as soon as you move in is to give it a good clean. The previous owners probably (hopefully!) cleaned before moving out, but lots of dust and dirt can get in while bringing in boxes and furniture.
- Unpack Essentials
Unpacking can be overwhelming, so focus on essentials first and then go from there. Make it easier with the essentials labeled and prepared beforehand. Such essentials include clothes, toiletries, and bedding.
- Find Fuse Box and Main Water Line
The house or apartment will be new to you, so you may not know exactly where the fuse box or main water line is. You need to know where they are so you find them both quickly in case of emergency.
- Connect Appliances
Hook up your refrigerator, oven, dishwasher, washer/dryer, and any other major appliances as soon as you move in. This is always easier to do before you add the clutter of your other possessions.
- Change Address
Important communications like utility bills are usually received via mail. Changing your address right away can prevent accidentally skipping a payment. While you are at it, change the address in online accounts for companies like Amazon so you’re ready to go.
- Greet Neighbors
It is always polite to greet your neighbors when you move into the neighborhood. It doesn’t have to be a big deal—even the traditional plate of cookies is optional—just knock on their door and introduce yourself!
- Get Your Bearings
Take some time to look around the area and see what you have available. Also take time to look for nearby healthcare providers to keep in mind in case of emergency.
Before you have your furniture placed and possessions unpacked, you have the perfect opportunity to get out the paint! The previous owners likely painted every room white or in some other neutral to help it sell, but now that you’re here, it’s time to brand the house with your personal style. Even if bright colors or accent walls aren’t really your thing, Poised Taupe is better than white any day.