Congratulations! Buying a new home is an incredibly exciting time. Moving, however, can be a stressful process. In the madness, it can be easy to forget essential items.
- Cleaning products
- Bug screen for doors
- And more!
This handy list can help you keep track of everything you need to have on hand to make your next move simple and efficient.
Set Up or Transfer Utilities
Ensure your electricity, water, gas, and the internet have been transferred to your new home before move-in day. Otherwise, you may be caught in the dark! Make necessary phone calls to transfer utilities a few weeks to a month in advance. If you’ve been living in an apartment, you may need to add additional utilities like sewer and trash. Do your research to find providers and double-check to see what is included in your HOA.
Keep Your Toolbox Handy
You’ll want your toolbox handy as you leave your current residence and prepare your new one for move-in. Tools everyone should have include:
- Electric drill
- Tape Measure
- Stud finder
- Step ladder
- Allen wrench
- Screws, nails, nuts, and bolts
- Box cutter
- Putty knife and spackle
Check All Your Appliances
Usually, when you purchase a new home, the appliances are included. Before moving in, test them all and make sure they work efficiently. Is your fridge cold? Do all the burners work on your stove? How is the water pressure? If anything isn’t working, replacing it before move-in day is better.
Your new home may not have the necessary lighting in every room. Even if the living rooms and bedrooms get natural light during the day, you may need a floor or table lamp for additional lighting after sunset. Have extra light bulbs on hand to quickly replace any burned-out bulbs.
Have Cleaning Products On Hand
Use the opportunity of having an empty house to clean corners and closets. Once you’ve moved, you may not be able to reach those areas again. Stock your new home with:
- Paper towels
- Cleaning solutions
- Broom and dustpan
- Glass cleaner
Utilize a Magnetic Screen Door
You’ll enter and exit the new house a hundred times – leaving doorways wide open and inviting pesky flies and mosquitoes inside your new home. Quickly installing a bug screen for doors can keep bugs out while you make multiple trips in and out of your new home.
Hang this is the doorway you and the movers will use on moving day. Leave the main door wide open and allow the durable mesh to keep bugs out while you do the heavy lifting. The powerful magnets will seal behind you, allowing you to enter and exit the home hands-free.
Install Window Treatments
Unlike apartments, new homes don’t always come with window treatments like curtains and blinds. You want to control the natural light that comes into your home. Otherwise, you may be waking up with the sun each morning. Hang some curtains to give your new space a cozy feel and privacy.
Change Out Your Locks
Hire a locksmith to change your locks before you move in to ensure that no one still has a spare key given to them by the previous owner. You could also install an alarm system or security cameras for added security.
Consider Closets and Storage Solutions
Before you bring everything into your new home, consider your closets. Buy bins to keep all your miscellaneous items organized. Have extra hangers to make unpacking clothing a breeze. Design a custom storage solution to maximize space in your new home and avoid clutter.
Set Up Bathrooms
You’ll make a lot of trips to your new home before move-in day. Prepare early, stocking your bathrooms with soap dispensers, towels, and toilet paper. Hang a shower curtain and add a bathmat once it gets closer to move-in day. Use the move as an opportunity to replace your toilet brush and have a plunger on hand, just in case.
Create a Cozy Place to Gather
Bring the furniture you love from your old home into your new one. Settling into a new home won’t happen overnight. It takes time and patience. You can also use a move as an opportunity to invest in new furniture. Take your time, and don’t rush these big purchases. Start by creating one living space you can gather to help you feel at home in your new space.
Hang Artwork and Make it Yours
After moving day is over you can start the fun process of decorating your new home. Add wallpaper to your bathrooms or bedrooms. Hang photos and artwork on the wall. Simple personal touches go a long way in making a house feel like a home.