First thing first – congratulations on securing a new house! However, if you thought your work was now done, you were wrong, as overcoming home-buying anxiety is just the first step. There are plenty more things to do when moving into a new house and for this article, we’ve selected seven. They should help you create an effective moving-in strategy and ensure you settle into your new home easily.
What to do when moving into a new house?
After choosing your Seattle neighborhood and home, it’s finally time for the most exciting yet very stressful part of the process – moving and settling into your new house. Further in this article, you’ll find 7 things to do when moving into a new house that will help you go through this process easily.
#1 Do a complete walkthrough
When you were shopping for your Seattle home, you probably checked everything in detail. However, now that your new house is empty, there is no better time to do thorough checks. Thus, before unpacking and setting up your furniture, make sure to take a good look around.
Make sure to double-check if the previous owner honored all requests and completed all repairs you agreed on. Now is also a great time to check if everything is in working order and locate the fuse box and water valve. You really don’t want to end up looking for them when you need them the most.
#2 Make sure to connect your utilities
You probably already took care of arranging for utilities to be ready for you as soon as you move into your new house. Therefore, now is the right time to check if everything is indeed connected and working properly.
Make sure your electric, gas, water, heating and cooling, and Internet are up and running. Also, don’t forget to get in touch with one of Seattle’s local waste management facilities and set up garbage pick-ups.
#3 Ensure your new house is safe
One of the most important things to do when moving into a new house is to ensure that it’s safe. This is especially important if you have kids and/or pets. Besides standard child and pet-proofing, make sure to keep an eye on temporary moving-specific hazards such as box cutters, cleaning supplies, and similar.
Making sure your home is safe also means changing the locks on your new house. Even though there’s no reason to doubt the previous owner, it’s better to be safe than sorry. After all, you don’t really know who else might have a key.
#4 Plan the layout
There is nothing worse you can do when moving into a new home than being spontaneous and winging it. This can only cause frustrations, delays, and stress. So make sure to plan the layout and figure out what’s going where in advance.
While you probably already have a general idea of what you want your new house to look like, now is an excellent time to think about exactly how you want to set everything up. This will be very useful, especially when moving large and heavy items. The last thing you want is to have to keep moving them until you find a suitable place.
#5 Thoroughly clean
Moving into a clean home is a priority for most people. Even though the previous owner probably cleaned before leaving, you can never be sure how good of a job they’ve done. So make sure to disinfect and thoroughly clean your new house and pay special attention to the kitchen and bathrooms.
Keep in mind that this is something you want to have done before your moving day. The last thing you want is to simultaneously clean while unpacking and sorting everything after your move. As deep cleaning is a must, consider hiring professional cleaners. They can handle making your new Seattle house sparkling clean while you take care of your relocation.
#6 Update your address
In preparation for the process, you might have already set up your address change with the post office. In case you still haven’t, now is the perfect time. Make sure to notify subscription services, your bank, any loan providers, and similar. Of course, your family and friends are implied.
If you’re moving to Washington from another state, don’t forget to contact your local DMV to arrange for your new driver’s license. You’ll also need your vehicle registration updated. If you rely on your car to go to work or similar, make sure to do this the first day you come to the Emerald City.
#7 Unpack strategically
Lastly, it’s time to unpack and make your new Seattle house truly yours. Unpacking is another thing that shouldn’t be done without a plan. Quite the opposite, if you want to unpack efficiently, you need to be strategic.
Unpacking can be very easy if you had it in mind while you were packing. Even if you didn’t, it doesn’t mean it will be difficult. Here are some unpacking tips that will help you go through this process quickly:
- When unloading boxes, put them directly in the room where their contents belong. The first box to unpack should be your essentials box.
- Unpack your kitchen first, and make sure to connect all necessary appliances. In case you don’t have time to unpack everything, make sure to take out the essentials such as cutlery, pots, pans, and similar.
- Bedrooms should be next on your unpacking list. If possible, decide on the closet organization before you start unpacking boxes.
- As bathrooms are pretty much functional as soon as you move in but you should still unpack at least your most important items.
- When moving, it’s not uncommon for people to overpack and bring more than they have room for. Even if you decluttered, there is always a possibility you underestimated your new Seattle home’s storage capabilities. If you have extra things but no room for them, consider renting self-storage. West Seattle offers such services, and we’re sure you’ll find a storage unit that fits your needs.
The bottom line
We hope our list of 7 things to do when moving into a new house helps you settle easily into your new home. And in case your bank is giving you a hard time and preventing you from fulfilling your dream of becoming a homeowner, make sure to get in touch with Golden Hour properties. They have an easy way to help you fulfill it quickly, regardless of your financial situation!