You’ve signed on the dotted line and you’re now the proud owner of a new house. Moving day has arrived and you now face the daunting task of unpacking all your possessions, finding the right place for everything and working out the perfect layout for all your existing furniture. Whilst you might already have a good idea for the majority of these things, here are my top 10 considerations that might not have made it into your plans.
- Probably one of the most important things will be to get your utilities up and running. If you haven’t already contacted energy and water suppliers it’s essential you get on this right away. Without electricity, gas and water even the simplest of tasks cannot be completed. Make sure you take a note of your meter readings before you contact anyone and as soon as you move in. It’s also worth considering switching energy supplier at this point to save some money and go green. We switched to Bulb who use 100% renewable electricity and offer a great referral scheme which saves us £100s a year.
- Locate the mains fuse box and mains water tap. These will be important should there be any issues around the house. Checking the fuse box and all the fuses are labelled and switched on will help you quickly identify any electrical problems. Likewise should there be an unexpected leak anywhere you’ll want to know where the mains water tap is.
- It’s going to be a busy day and by the end of it you’re going to need a rest, sleep and even take a soothing shower. So make sure you’ve built your bed, unpacked bedding and have the bathroom essentials at the ready.
- Inspect your house carefully to ensure there’s no water damage, missing keys or risks of any kind. You’ll want to feel safe in your new home and this is the perfect time to look around before your possessions clutter up the place.
- Now it’s time to get the major appliances up and running. Fridge, freezer, cooker and washing machines will all need to be installed. Hopefully you’ll already have checked your cooker connections are suitable for electric, gas or both and you have water and electricity for the washing machine and fridge freezer.
- Fitting blinds, curtains, shelves and mirrors will also be important to ensure a good nights sleep and provide suitable storage for all your bits. This can be managed with a few simple tools but if you don’t have these or the knowledge you might want to find a local handyman to help out. That’s where I come in.
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- Making your house a home. The existing colour schemes, fixtures and fittings around the house might not be to your taste and you’ll more than likely want to put a stamp on you house, giving it a uniqueness that suits your personality. Painting and decorating isn’t for everyone so hiring someone to do this for you can save time and leave your house with a professional finish.
- Your existing furniture might not be the right fit for your new home so shopping for new can be an exciting experience. It can however be challenging to find exactly what you are looking for. Thats where companies like Wood Create come in. They can provide professional, high quality, custom made furniture to your exact styling requirements. They also provide a recycling service where your old furniture can be up-cycled into something new, donated to charity, or recycled responsibly.
- Changing your address. My last top tip is to ensure all your details have been updated on things like your drivers license, car V5 document, work, banks, credit card, insurance companies and of course friends and family. Failure to do these could result in an unexpected surprise further down the line.
- Internet, phone and TV services will also be reasonably high on the agenda. Whilst not essential you will want communications in the house and that all important entertainment when you decide to take a well earned break.
Another less obvious change would be to update your car insurance and make sure you have access to a good car accident attorney. Accidents happen when we least expect them so ensuring your car is covered at your new property should be high on the agenda. It’s important to find the right auto lawyer and insurer a day (or even a week) before you move so that you have peace of mind in your new house.
There are many other things to consider when moving into a new house like meeting the neighbours and getting to know your local area but hopefully some of these top 10 tips will help you hit the ground running on moving day. If your local to me in Brockworth, Gloucester and need some help with the DIY jobs, please get in touch and I’d be happy to discuss your requirements.
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