Moving into a new home can be exciting. However, this excitement dies out and the panic of packing creeps-in at the very thought of shifting the furniture and other belongings. Tackling the fear of moving backbreaking furnishings, navigating narrow staircases, and shuddering at the prospects of ending up with chipped crockery sets are all part of the process of moving into a new place.
Though the complete task of moving cannot be 100% stress-free, a little preplanning can go a long way in enabling a smooth transition.
Here is a list of nine things you should do before moving into your new home.
- Plan before Moving Your Furniture
Moving your furniture can be tedious. Ease this with proper preparation by comparing the measurements of your furniture with the dimensions of your doorways, staircases, and elevators. This way, you can preplan to disassemble your furniture pieces in case they are bigger and do not fit.
For example, if you were to shift a dining table, you would need to dismantle its legs. This will help in easy loading and unloading of the table. Moreover, dismantling heavy furniture also decreases the chances of damage during transportation.
It is also best to compare and fix spaces for your furniture in your new home before you shift. You can consider adjusting the size of your furniture according to the space available. This will ensure that your furniture fits appropriately and can be used immediately after moving in.
- Look for a Moving Company
Though moving to a new place may not always need professional help, it is best to hire a professional moving company anyway. Such companies take charge of end-to-end moving requirements, from packing and transportation to unpacking your belongings safely. Furthermore, these companies also provide complete insurance coverage for any kind of loss or damage during the moving process.
So, when you hire a moving company, you can rest assured that your belongings are delivered safe and undamaged.
- Purge Your Belongings
Moving time is ideal for getting rid of unwanted belongings from your home. Sorting unnecessary things will reduce the number of things you need to pack and also save you time when unpacking in your new home.
Check for things you haven’t used for over six months. Make a list of belongings you intend to use in future and discard the rest.
The most effective way to purge will be to host a garage sale. It comes with the dual advantage of disposing unnecessary items and earning some cash.
- Categorize Valuables
Categorize your valuables by creating an inventory. Sort documents like medical records, insurance papers, and credit /debit cards along with valuables like jewelry. The safest way to shift them is by packing them inconspicuously and having them within your sight and reach.
Consider spending on packing materials like bubble wraps or small boxes. This way you can arrange your valuables and documents in an organized manner and move them without any damage.
- Uninstall Electrical Appliances
Moving electrical appliances needs careful consideration. The slightest damage to these appliances may result in their permanent damage. Ensure that a professional uninstalls appliances including the fridge, dishwater, and cooking stove. Hiring a professional helps as experienced packers and movers have the required equipment to handle these appliances without damaging them. Also, make sure that these packages are placed in the position as recommended by the manufacturer and are handled with care during transportation.
- Shift Your Utilities
A home without the essential utilities in place can be uncomfortable. It is best that you transfer some of your utilities before your move. Consider essential utilities like:
- Television connection
- Internet connection
- Telephone connection
- Garbage disposal/recycling equipment
Though service providers accommodate transfers promptly, it is better to give them some extra time. Plan the transfer of your utilities well in advance to eliminate chances of delay and inconvenience at your new home.
- Ensure the HVAC System in Your New Home is Working
An HVAC inspection is an important aspect to take care of before moving into a new home. Poorly maintained HVAC systems can pose a fire hazard. To avoid this, engage professionals to inspect the system and to check if the A/C unit isn’t working. This should include a detailed examination of the thermostats, airflow, air filters, evaporator, and condenser coils.
Another factor to take into consideration is the fireplace. If your new home has been unoccupied for a long time, there are chances that birds and rodents have occupied the chimney space or that the mortar and bricks aren’t in place. You should call for local assistance and arrange for a detailed health-check of your fireplace.
Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) can help you find an expert in your locality. For example, if you are moving to Portland, you can seek help from the Chimcare Portland to maintain your chimney in its best form.
- Have an Essentials Box
You will need some time to settle in your new home. Searching through boxes for your essentials can be difficult. It is recommended that you have a few essentials handy. Consider having these within your reach:
- A few clothes
- Rechargeable batteries/flashlights
- First aid kit
- Coffee maker and coffee powder
- Jar of jam/peanut butter
- Bottled water
- Mug, plates, spoons
- All-purpose cutting knife
- Pet food, if applicable
- Have Things Handy for Kids
Kids can become apprehensive on the moving day. Try involving them in the moving process and help them understand what’s happening.
Having these things within reach may also help them settle faster in the new home:
- Their favorite games
- An interesting activity they enjoy
- Snacks and drinks to munch on
- Their favorite bedspread or doll
The process of moving into a new home can make anyone anxious. To make this transition seamless, it is important that you think ahead and plan a systematic approach. The above-mentioned list will prioritize your needs and help you get acquainted to the new environment at the earliest.
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