Important Things to Do When Moving into a New Home

Carry out a careful inspection of the area.

There is no better moment than when your brand-new home is completely devoid of any and all contents than to carry out a careful walkthrough. Consequently, before you bring anything in, you should first have a look around and give the following things one last lookover:

  • Check to see if the previous owner finished all of the approved repairs that were required.
  • All of the doors, windows, outlets, and switches in the home, in addition to the fixtures, are in good working order, and the residence has everything that was promised to be included in the sale of the property.
  • The seller did not leave any warranties or maintenance instructions behind for the buyer to pick up.
  • The home is completely free of vermin, mould, and grime at all times.
  • The grass has reached a satisfactory level of maintenance.
  • Your entire furniture will fit.

If you notice a problem that violates the terms of the selling agreement, such as the previous owner taking the washer and dryer with them even though they were supposed to leave them behind, you should contact your real estate agent as soon as possible to find out what options are available to you. You are now legally responsible for any issues that you find that your contract does not address.

Safe for both pets and children (if necessary)

If you are moving into a new house with a baby, young children, or even just furry four-legged children, you should begin childproofing as soon as possible to keep everyone safe until you can finish setting up your entire setup. This is especially important if you have pets. In order to immediately childproof your home, you need do the following (some of which also applies to your pets):

  • isolating no-go zones from areas that haven’t been secured by designating a separate location for discarded packing materials that is off-limits to both children and animals.
  • blocking outlets, making sure that all windows are shut firmly, ensuring that there are no long hanging cords protruding from the curtains, and putting out boxes rather than piling them high are all things that should be done.
  • Keeping fragile items, items that could cut you, and alcoholic beverages in upper kitchen cabinets until you can determine their permanent homes is a good idea.
  • Protect your stove’s knobs from being tampered with by using knob protectors.
  • putting in place the lock on the oven door
  • putting in cabinet locks on any lower cabinets that house potentially dangerous materials such as cleaning supplies
  • When not in use, small appliances that are powered by electrical cables should be stored away in top cabinets or relocated to the back of the counter, away from the wall.
  • Putting locks on the cabinets and knobs on the doors in the restroom (s)

Find out what is going to be placed where.

You will save a lot of time and avoid a lot of stress if, before moving into a new property, you make a plan for setting up everything rather than just winging it and seeing what happens. This holds true in particular for things like furniture that are cumbersome and weighty. Take some time to think about how you want things to be set up, even if you probably already have a broad notion of what should be in each section. It is possible to change your mind after the fact; nevertheless, having a general strategy in place before beginning this activity will always make it simpler to complete.

Check to see that all of your utilities have been setup.

If you took care of setting up your utilities before moving into your new house, now is the time to make sure that everything is set up and running as it should. If you didn’t take care of setting up your utilities before moving in, now is the time to do so. Before you move, check to see that your electric, gas, and water utilities, as well as your heating and cooling systems, phone, and internet connections, are all set up. After that, get in touch with the trash management business serving your neighbourhood to verify that arrangements have been made for the collection of garbage at your new residence.

Discover where the water valve and the fuse box are located.

You don’t want to have to hunt around for the water valve or the fuse box when the time has come for you to really utilise them. If you know where they are already, it will be much simpler for you to get there fast in the event that your electricity goes out or you have some other cause to cut off the water. It is likely that the fuse box is situated in either the basement, the garage, or the storage area of your home. Generally speaking, the water valve for your house will be situated someplace on the property’s perimeter.

Put in an effort to clean the space completely.

Even though it’s likely the last thing you want to do after going through the process of moving, the best time to clean your new property properly is shortly after relocating. The longer you wait, the more dust and dirt will accumulate in your new home. The following words of caution:

First, clean the low, then go on to the high.

The ceiling fans, overhead lighting fixtures, shelving, and other items close to the ceiling are just as likely to become dirty as the furniture and flooring, but the furniture and flooring receive less cleaning, and when they are cleaned, they have a tendency to scatter dust and filth into the area that is below them. The proper way to enter each area is to start at the highest point and work your way down.

First cleaning of the refrigerator

If you put the proper storage of your perishable foods at the top of your list of priorities, the first thing you should do is clear out the old food from your new refrigerator. It shouldn’t take too much time considering how empty it is. To the extent that it is possible, remove the shelves and drawers from the unit, and then clean each one individually using soap and warm water.

The interior of the refrigerator should be wiped down with a solution consisting of equal parts water and white vinegar, which should be applied with a clean rag. If there is any gunk that needs to be cleaned, let the vinegar and water combination sit there for a time so that it may soak in. Before you place the shelves back in the refrigerator, check to see that they are completely free of moisture. The same may be said for the freezer.

Eliminate the remaining items from the kitchen.

After you have finished cleaning the refrigerator, you are free to move on to the other areas of the kitchen. To begin, polish the corners of the ceiling, the light fittings, and the tops of the cabinets. After you’ve finished with the countertops, continue on to the appliances, starting with the stoves and ending with the sink and the dishwasher.

The next step is to clean the cabinets, making sure to give special attention to the cabinet handles and to clean both the interior and exterior of the cabinets. Avoid sweeping or mopping the floor right now.

Clean the public restrooms.

When it comes to cleaning bathrooms, having surfaces that are spotless and disinfected are of equal importance. After performing the primary cleaning, applying an antibacterial spray will ensure that no germs are left behind. Simply replace the toilet seats in the same manner that you would ordinarily. Paying a nominal price is the most reliable way to ensure that they have been properly cleaned, so you should do so. Sanitation and cleaning should be performed on the holder for the toilet paper, the light switches, the faucets, and the door handles.

Aeryn Watts
Author: Aeryn Watts

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