Are you moving into your first house soon? Congratulations! This is a big step in your life and there are a few things to consider when moving into a house for the first time.
Preparation and careful planning in advance can help make your first move a smoother process as it is an emotional roller coaster. It’s good when thinking of the clean slate a new house offers. You’ll probably have a bigger space and live in a much nicer neighbourhood.
On the other hand, it can be costly, time-consuming, not to mention there’s a never-ending list of things to do before, during, and after moving into a house for the first time. Here are a few things to keep in mind to make the transition as smooth as possible:
Make a list of everything you need
From furniture, room lights to appliances, make a list of everything you will need in your new home. This will help avoid any major surprises down the road. It will help to give you a better idea of what you’re looking for, and also help you prioritise your needs.
Take measurements of the new home
Before you commit to buying a house or even living in it, ensure it’s exactly what you want. Take a look at the blueprint and measure all interior spaces to ensure all the dimensions are right. You’ll then need to measure your furniture to know whether they’ll fit through the doors and exactly where each one of them will fit in the new house. Doing so also allows you to better direct house movers where to place your furnishings.
Hire a moving company
There are many reasons why you should hire a moving company. First and foremost, hiring a professional removal firm such as M25 Movers will ensure that your belongings are moved in a safe and organised manner. A removal company will help to alliviate some of the stress and legwork of the move. Allowing you to concentrate on other aspects of the move. Also ensure the moving company you choose is trustworthy, licensed, and insured.
Label all your items when packing to make them easy to find
I can’t stress this enough, label all boxes clearly and accurately. The best way to do so is according to each room. As you mark them living room, kitchen, bathroom, or master bedroom, be sure to make a list of each box’s contents. Once it’s time to unpack, you’ll be grateful you did this. Remember to label all fragile items as such to avoid being damaged while in transit.
Research your new neighbourhood
Don’t overlook the quality of the schools and amenities in your new neighbourhood. Even if you don’t have kids right now, it could become an important factor later on. Note that areas with great schools tend to have higher home values, which can affect your mortgage application, but turn out to be a great investment in case you ever need to resell your home. Do your research on both public and private schools before moving, to find one that’s a good fit for your child.
Find and organise new healthcare providers
You can ask your current doctor to recommend any good doctors they may know in your new city/neighbourhood or have your health insurance company provide a list of doctors that are in-network for your plan. Alternatively, you can scope out local primary care physicians by yourself. Ensure they are in close proximity to your new home and they provide quality healthcare services.
Change your address
Relocating to a new house can be a bit chaotic. That’s why you need to change your address before you move to avoid having your documents delivered to the wrong house. The post office might require a two-week notice before they can start forwarding your mail to the new address.
Make a list of all your subscriptions and accounts and make necessary plans to update your new address. Others who need to know are your credit card company, insurance provider, place of work, friends, and family members.
Packing an essentials Bag
After a long and hectic day of moving, the last thing you want is to go through hundreds of boxes just to find a toothbrush and pyjamas. For this reason, ensure you pack a “first night box”. This should include essentials you may require for that day/night such as basic toiletries, a change of clothing, medicine, PJs, etc.
Final thoughts on things to things to consider when moving house for the first time
In conclusion, moving into a house for the first time can be a very exciting experience. It is important to take the time to pack and organise everything so that the move can go as smoothly as possible. By following these tips, you can make your move a little less stressful and a lot more fun!