It is important to know the moving process to get your home ready before relocation and enjoy it without any issues.
Imagine how terrible it is to get to your new home and not to have electricity, gas or water service. And even in the case you have these services, your surprise will be worse when you will see that the air conditioning or heating do not work and there are some electrical problems or leaks. To avoid these nightmare, take action in advance of your move. You can see the most important things you should keep in mind below.
- Make an inspection of your new home.
Check the electrical circuit board or box, to be sure that the labels that are next to each can switch that, for example: “kitchen”, “bathroom”, “room” are located correctly. Do this operation by turning on and off each switch (one by one) to find out which room in the house they belong to. You can also hire an electrician to check the electrical box (panel or board) and if necessary to repair it or replace it with a new one.
- Check the fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to see if they work well, or if they need batteries or to be replaced.
- Buy fire extinguishers.
- We recommend a professional inspect of the air conditioning/heating unit, the water heater, etc.
- Find where is your water stopcock. It is important to know where is the stopcock is to be able to close it quickly if necessary.
- Report about the change of address at the post office and contact the credit card companies. You should notify about your change of address at the post office to make sure you will start receiving your correspondence in your new home before moving. Contact the credit card companies to avoid omitting the payment of the invoices because they arrive at your previous address.
- Contact the utility companies. When you arrive at your new home you want to have basic services, such as electricity, gas, water and sewage, cable, Internet, telephone. So, contact these companies in advance to set the date of transfer of those services to your new address.
- Update important documents. One month before the move you should update your driver’s license, vehicle registration and voter registration card.
- If the house is empty and you have not moved yet, it is a good idea to change the locks on the doors. Otherwise, change them the same day you will move. Better safe than sorry.
- Check the address of your house on the facade. The address number of your home should be clearly seen, especially if you will move with an agency. In addition, you will need your address to be well distinguished for the postman to see, postal delivery services, restaurant delivery services, and your guests. Buy a new sign if necessary.
- Identify emergency exits in case of fire or catastrophe. Make sure the whole family knows how to get out of the house in case of fire or any other catastrophe. Generally, everyone thinks of the main door of the house as the best option to escape outside, but it is good to have extra options in case you can not use the front door.
- Fumigate and do a deep cleaning. If your new house is empty and you have access to it before moving, it would be better to spray it. Even if you do not see insects, they are very likely to exist. You will not want to fumigate with strong chemicals when the family is present and the furniture is already in place. Once the fumigation has taken effect it is a good time to do a deep cleaning of floors, walls, windows, etc. Since the house is empty you can clean up the most hidden corners, which will not be so easy once the furniture is on its place.
- Check your inventory list to find out if your belongings arrived in integrity. No matter if you have done the move yourself or with a moving company, check all the items in your inventory list to make sure all your belongings arrived. If you moved with a moving company you can claim for lost or damaged items. And if necessary, you can claim your insurance agency.
- Have a prepared kit. Movements are conducive for someone to scratch, hit or just give you a headache. Have it ready because it will continue to be very useful in the future. Place it in a place in the house where adults can access it, away from the reach of children, checking regularly that the medications are valid. On the door of the medicine cabinet put a label with the telephone numbers of emergency contacts in your area. With these preventive measures, you can send your new address to all your contacts and make a party to open your new home.