Whether it’s your first or tenth time moving, it’s always a daunting task. Moving into a new home is an exciting life experience. But you’ll have to do a lot of planning, packing, moving and cleaning. Are you ready for it?
You’ll face many challenges on your arrival at your new house. It’ll be good if you could do some work to your new home right away as it’ll make moving in feel great. There will be furniture and boxes all over the place and you should move them into the rooms where they’re meant to be. It’s always best to move the furniture and other things in place when moving in. Then it’ll be less work once you’re in. And it’s also best to do your flooring well in advance. And when your furniture and everything is in place, then you’ll be at home.
Below are a few tips and things to do first when moving into your new home.
Do you have packing material?
You don’t have to buy new packing material. It’ll be thrown away anyway. So instead you can make use of old newspapers, magazines and towels. The newspaper can be used to protect fragile items from impacts when moved. Bubble wrap is another option to protect your items. It can be used for the more delicate items like artwork. And then towels can be placed inside the walls of boxes to give fragile items extra protection.
Do you have enough boxes? You can never have too many. It’s always better to have more than to look for extra space in other boxes. You can either buy them from a moving supply store or find them behind big stores. If you’ve hired movers, they are also likely to give several boxes. Remember that you’ll need different sized boxes for the move. Make sure to label every box with a permanent marker. That way you’ll know what goes where.
Whether your house is old or new, there’s nothing better than a fresh new coat of paint. You could either do it yourself or hire someone to do it for you. And it’ll be easier to paint an empty room. There won’t be any furniture to move, decorations to take off and closets to clear. So it’s suggested to paint before moving things over. And wait a few days before adding the second coat. Painting the interior walls usually takes longer than you think. It might be best to hire a team to help you. If you can only paint one part of the house, that will help too. And if you can’t decide on the colours right away, then white is your answer. You can always repaint at a later stage.
Have you changed the locks?
You don’t know who else has keys to your new home, so it’s best to change the locks. That way you’ll know you’re the only one who has access. Previous owners might have given a key to the neighbours or their relatives. You might not think of it, but you never know what may happen. So rather be safe than sorry. This is something you have to do as soon as possible.
Everyone loves the elegant look of crown molding in their house. So if your new house doesn’t have that, you might consider installing crown molding before moving in. It’ll also be easier to install it before moving in as there will be enough space to move things around. It’s usually a wonderful luxury to install it around the house all at once. Don’t forget to prime and pre-paint the strips of molding before installing it. Do that before you paint the interior walls.
Move your furniture into your new home
When moving furniture into your new home, it’s best to move each piece to its correct place right away. You don’t want to re-move it on later stage as it’ll be extra work. Do you have a built-in side by side fridge? Put that in first. When moving the furniture, you should direct the movers where to put what. It might be best to make use of paper cut out of large pieces of furniture and put them down in your new house to see where they’ll fit best.
By making use of these five tips, you’ll find moving into your new house a pleasant experience. You’ll immediately feel at home.