Things To Arrange Before You Move Into Your New Home

A couple of months ago we wrote a blog with some great guidance for the day of your actual home move.

One of the things we stressed was the importance of planning the move like a military operation.

And it's important that planning includes all the things you need to arrange for when you're actually moved in.

This isn't an exhaustive list, but hopefully covers most of the basics for you.

Utilities - Water, gas, electricity, trash etc. are all things you'd do well to have organized as far ahead of the move as is practical. Often this just involves making sure the utilities are in your name, but the last thing you need is one of them not available to you from the get go. It's also important to make sure you've got closing utility accounts all sorted in your old home, to ensure a smooth transition and to avoid the possibility of paying for your buyer's usage of the home for a short time.

Internet - It's so essential these days that one could arguably classify the provision of internet as a utility. Getting online quickly can be even more important if your home has lots of high tech built in, controlling garage doors, lights, lawn timers and so on. It's quite common for internet service providers to be booked up with installations for quite a few days, so the earlier you get on their list of people to connect the better.

Television - Increasingly, TV is provided via internet, but if you prefer cable or satellite provision it pays not to wait until you've moved if you don't want watching your favorite weekly shows disrupted.

Telephone - With mobile phones being more or less universal today, ensuring your landline is available asap after your move is arguably less important than it once was. But if you intend to get one, it's as well to do it asap so you can tell everyone what your new number is, and they can get used to calling it too.  

Mailing address - This can be one of the most time consuming things to do, because changing mailing address can be such a far reaching thing, including all your bank, credit card and other items where you receive a bill of some sort.

Locks - It makes total sense to change your new home's locks as soon as you move in, so that only you can access the property. Engage with a locksmith in advance if you're not planning to do this yourself.

Home security systems - If your new home has an intruder alarm fitted, make sure you understand how it operates or, at the very least, the previous owner will leave clear instructions in a folder, hopefully with other details including the aircon and heating systems and sprinklers etc. Nothing can be more embarrassing than waking up the neighbors with a noisy alarm that's gone off by accident somehow and you don't have a clue how to reset it...

HOA rules - If you are going to live in an area where there's an active HOA, make sure you have a basic knowledge of the rules before you move in. HOA stipulations can be quite detailed and may include things you wouldn't expect or which were not required in your last residence. Again you don't want to get off to a bad start simply because you overlooked something in this respect.

Breaker boxes and shutoff valves - Locate these so that you can minimize issues if something unfortunate like a burst pipe occurs almost as soon as you've moved in. A great time to do this is during the final walk through inspection.

Know the neighborhood - Knowing where the local hardware stores are located, plus other important things like hospital locations and the local pharmacy can save a lot of stress if you suddenly have a need for them. Google and satellite navigation on your phone makes this easier today, of course, but forewarned is forearmed.

Smoke/carbon monoxide detectors - Unless they are relatively new and fitted with long lasting lithium batteries, make sure you plan to change the batteries in all your detectors. If nothing else, you'll avoid those annoying noises when the batteries run down in the middle of the night.

Air filters - As above, these are prime candidates for a change as soon as you're installed in the new home.

We hope at least some of these tips are helpful to you if you're planning a move soon. Call us on 619-886-0175 if you want to ask anything related to real estate.

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