Settling into a new home is not an easy task. There are a lot of habits you have to alter according to your new living space, and not everyone is comfortable with change. However, moving into a new place does have its own perks. You can build a home from scratch, exactly the way you want it to be.
The process of moving can still be overwhelming. A home is complex; there are a lot of different things which must be in order, so that you can have a comfortable and fully functional lifestyle. Even something as little as deciding whether you should get wireless or wired smoke detectors can be a big decision.
When there is so much to remember, it’s a good idea to simplify things by breaking them down. Compartmentalizing is an excellent way to make the moving process easier, and the best way to do that is by creating a checklist so you don’t miss anything.
The following is a moving checklist to make this process easier for homeowners and help them build an ideal home.
Have Everything Inspected
When you’re moving into a new home, there can be a lot of preexisting issues. Since you don’t know the space, you won’t be familiar with every inch of it. If there is a significant problem in any part of your new home, it can fester until the damages become too intense or costly to repair; this is where home inspection comes in. It is generally a part of the moving process to have everything inspected, but some homeowners may choose to skip this step.
There are many different reasons to focus on this particular step of moving in more than any other. This ensure your long-term comfort in your new home, and saves your belongings from being harmed due to prolonged neglect. Aside from this, the landlord or tenant will be informed of problems that existed before you moved in, and this will be on record to avoid scams or future misunderstandings.
Keep an Inventory
Moving can be a hectic process. When you’re displacing every single thing you own, the likelihood of some of your belongings getting misplaced increases. To keep track of everything, keep an inventory of everything, as soon as you move from its previous location. From furniture to appliances, there is a lot which can even get damaged during the moving process. An inventory will also help you keep track of these damages and manage them in a more organized manner.
Lastly, check all drawers and cupboard one last time before leaving, so that you know you haven’t missed anything.
Keep a Separate Bag for Personal Items
Moving can be exhausting. The whole process can take a lot of time, and result in you being tired and lethargic for a while afterwards. Unpacking all the boxes after moving in is often delayed, and this delay may last for days. During this time, you may have trouble finding certain important everyday items. For greater convenience, make sure everything you use on a daily basis is in a separate bag. Your personal items should be with you, and not packed away in a box.
Change Information Wherever Required
A lot of important mail, checks and packages are delivered to your home. When your address changes, every sender should be informed of this change so that they deliver everything to the right address. It can be frustrating to find that the subscription you’ve already paid for was delivered to the wrong address; to avoid adding this stress on top of everything else, make this a part of your moving checklist.
Make sure you send your new address to your friends, relatives and workplace as soon as possible, so that you don’t miss out on anything important. Your bank, credit card information and other relevant documents will also have to be legally changed to show your new address to avoid any future problems in official matters.
Get Rid of All Unnecessary Items
Moving is an excellent excuse to declutter. It allows you to reinvent your home, wardrobe and anything else you may want to change. Any unnecessary items that you’ve been hoarding can be gotten rid of during this time. You can either donate your items, sell them at a thrift store or hold a garage sale. This will allow you to make room for new and better things in your next home.
The process of categorizing everything you own can be quite extensive. This can take a lot of time, so make sure you begin doing this at least a month before you actually have to move. This is a good way to lessen the amount of things you will take with you to your new home before you contact the moving company, so that they will have less things to transport. Once you’re done with the decluttering process, you can contact the moving company with your upgraded inventory to make the process easier.
Moving into a new house or an apartment has a few prerequisites. Without these, your home may run into some issues which will negatively impact your quality of life. You must be able to rely on the important systems in your home. A checklist ensures that you won’t miss anything important; this means that after you’ve moved in, you won’t have to face any major issues which get in the way of your daily tasks.