Moving house is a very exciting time and with moving day rapidly approaching, it’s time to start packing up all your belongings and saying goodbye to your old home. Before you move into your new house though, there are a few things you need to get done:
Change the Locks
As soon as you have the keys and the house is officially yours, it is a good idea to get the locks changed. You can either buy and install them yourself or ring a locksmith and ask them to do it for you.
When keys change hands and belong to different people, there is always a chance that a previous owner or estate agent might have a copy. It is an unlikely scenario, but the idea of someone else being able to get into your new house isn’t a nice one. For peace of mind it is best to get the locks changed so you know exactly who has keys.
Clean the House
Many previous home owners will clean the house for you before you move in, but either way, it’s always nice to know that the house has been scrubbed from top to bottom with your own hands and no rooms have been left untouched or missed.
Juts fill your car with the usual cleaning products such as a mop, broom, sponges and a hoover, drive over to your new home and spend a few hours going round one room at a time. Wash the insides and outsides of any cabinets and cupboards and scrub any floors you plan on keeping. This way when you do move in, the house will feel completely fresh and ready to be lived in.
Paint and Carpet
If you are going to paint the walls and lay down new carpets, it is much easier to get all this done before you move in. If you are painting the walls, then you need to do it before you place furniture against them.
In regards to laying down carpets, it is a good idea to do all but the hallways, as the last thing you want is the removal men traipsing dirt from outside repeatedly through your sparkling new hallways.
It is a good idea to make sure that your boiler is in good working order before you move in, it would be a nightmare to move your whole family in, only to find that you have no central heating or hot water. While you are at it, make yourself familiar with whoever will be servicing your boiler in the future.
Check all your meters for electricity and water and check that you have no leaking pipes or shredded cables. If you check your water meter once, then again a few hours later, it will reveal if there is a leak. It is also a good idea to find your fuse box and check out which switches do what.
Unpack and Organise
Once you have done all the above, it’s time to move in. Unpack your belongings systematically and make sure you get all the larger items of furniture into the house first. Don’t try and unpack everything all at once, organize the space you have as you go.
On day one, find the necessities that you will need for the night ahead, such as clothes, towels, kitchen pans and utensils, then leave the rest for day two. When you are comfortable and re-energized the next day, unpacking the rest will be a lot easier.
Moving into a new house should be fun, so do all these things one by one and give yourself enough time. You want to move into a house that is secure and clean and ready to be lived in, and you don’t want to misplace any of your belongings in the process.
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