It’s regarded as one of the biggest moments of your life, although when it comes to moving to a new house it would be fair to say that a lot of emphasis is placed on the pre-sale process. In other words, we all know about negotiating knocked-down prices, the perils of chains, and everything else that can affect the whole saga. If you don’t, there’s a great moving checklist from Safestore to check out to keep you up to speed.
However, little tends to be published about the aftermath. Granted, this is less important, but there are still some crucial tasks that you need to pencil in. Through today’s guide, we will now talk through them.
Invest in a deep clean
As much as some estate agents might say otherwise, you can never guarantee that the property in question has been subject to a deep clean (or even an acceptable one, for that matter).
As we all know, deep cleans at the best of times are not the easiest things to plan into modern-day life. It means that moving into a new house prompts the perfect opportunity to get into the spaces that you probably won’t touch for another few years.
Sort out the paperwork
Clearly, paperwork is something of a broad term when it comes to a house move. For this section, we’re actually referring to the paperwork that affects what comes through your letterbox. You may have held the same address for years, but unless you are actively writing to companies and individuals telling them about your new address, very little correspondence will find its way to you.
It’s for this reason that you should consider a mail redirection service. Granted, it does cost money, but it can save a lot of hassle during the hustle and bustle of a move.
…And this includes the utilities
The next strand of paperwork we are going to refer to is utilities-related.
Sure, there are going to be few occasions where your gas or electric is going to be cut off on day one of moving home, but that doesn’t mean to say that there aren’t issues to sort out in relation to this.
For example, let’s take your meter readings. The last thing you want to be doing is paying for the old owner’s electric bills, but that’s exactly what could happen if you don’t take a reading on the first day of moving.
Then, there’s the broadband, and this is one of those utilities that you might be left without if you don’t take action before you actually move. It tends to take a bit of time for suppliers to connect your property, so make sure you take this into account as soon as you know your completion date.
Make unpacking your priority
This final point might sound obvious, but so many people will move into a new home and still have boxes sitting around months and months later. If you fall into the said trap, you’ll never quite feel settled into your new home. Instead, bite the bullet, and try and unpack everything during that first week.