Moving into a new home is exciting–it represents a fresh start with new rooms to decorate and a new neighbourhood to explore. However, setting up your house can also be exhausting and stressful. But don’t worry–we’ve compiled a helpful checklist of things to cross off before you settle in:

1. Inspect and Clean Thoroughly:

Before you start unpacking, take the time to inspect your new home thoroughly. You should have identified anything of this sort during your home inspection and/or pre-possession walk through, but check for any damages or issues that might have arisen during the moving process. This is the perfect opportunity to address any concerns with your real estate agent as you may only have a short window for potential recourse. Giving the entire space a deep clean, including floors, walls, and appliances, will make it truly feel like your own.

2. Change Locks and Update Security Measures:

One of the first things you should do to give yourself peace of mind and ensure your safety and security is to change the locks on all exterior doors, including the garage door and keypad. You never know who might have a spare key from the previous owners/renters. Consider installing new deadbolts or smart locks for added security. If the home is equipped with an alarm system, update the passcodes and contact information with the monitoring service/installation company.

3. Set Up Essential Services:

Make a list of essential services that need to be set up in your new home. This includes utilities such as electricity, gas, water, internet, and cable services. Contact the respective providers well in advance to schedule installations or transfers. This will ensure that you have all the necessary utilities up and running/ service appointments booked upon possession.

4. Create an Organized Unpacking Plan:

Unpacking can be a daunting task, but a well-thought-out plan can make it more manageable. Start by prioritizing the essentials, such as setting up the kitchen, bathroom and main bedroom. Label your boxes clearly with the room they belong to and unpack one room at a time. Consider creating a staging area for boxes to keep things organized and avoid clutter.

5. Update Your Address and Important Documents:

Don't forget to update your address with the post office, banks, Government, utility providers and any other institutions that need to reach you. This includes updating your driver's license, vehicle registration, and any subscriptions or memberships you may have. Keeping your information current ensures that you receive important documents and services without any interruptions.

6.Get to Know Your New Neighborhood:

Familiarize yourself with your new surroundings by exploring the neighborhood. Locate essential facilities like grocery stores, pharmacies, gyms, hospitals, and schools. You may even want to consider moving services like doctors, dentists, banks to ones in your area, closer to home. Introduce yourself to neighbors, and ask for recommendations on local services and businesses. Joining community social media groups or online forums can also be a great way to connect with people in your area.

Moving into a new home is a significant life event, and by taking these essential steps, you'll be better equipped to make the transition smoothly. With a well-organized approach, you can turn your new house into a welcoming home in no time.


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