Things to do before moving into a new home

Vista Cielo Homes: Things to do before moving into a new home

Moving into a new home is one of the most exciting things that you’ll ever get to do in your entire life. It’s a fresh start and you can decorate your home the way you want. However, things can take a turn for the worse immediately if you don’t know what you’re doing. Things can get lost and pieces of furniture may get damaged and that’s what we’re trying to avoid here at Vista Cielo Homes.

In this blog, we want you to have the smoothest transition to your new home. Aside from giving you the best floor plan possible for your new dream house, we also want to make sure that your moving process goes as smoothly as our services. 

To help you settle into your new dream home, here are some of the things that you may want to do first. These are personal suggestions and also entries from our loyal customers here at Vista Cielo Homes. If you want to know more, keep on reading!

Do a full inspection

This step goes for all the ways you’ve achieved your new home. Whether you’ve bought it from a realtor or you just had it finished building, do a full-on inspection before getting the keys permanently handed over to you.

As much as you trust your realtor or architect and engineer, you can never be sure about the damages inside your new home as they may have overlooked it as well. So, to avoid trouble altogether, have both parties agree to a full inspection before you move in. 

Chances are, you won’t have a hard time convincing them to do this as they would usually be the ones who will suggest you inspect the house in the first place.

During the inspection, try to look in every place possible up to the tiniest corner inside your house. Whether it be paint chippings, leaking pipes or holes in walls, these are all valid reasons to pull out of the deal or have the realtor fix it before you move in to save you the cost.

Even if you think that the damage is only minor, get it fixed immediately. Always remember that it’s better to have it fixed early on than to have it repaired when the situation gets worse.

Among other things, you should also check if everything is working properly from door hinges to windows down to every light bulb in each room. You’re entitled to have these things fixed if you find something out of order.

Lastly, you need to inspect the house every inch to see if everything that was agreed upon between you and your realtor or architect is there.

Know where to set up your things

Another tip that can help you ease your way through your transition is to plan everything, especially with regards to your stuff. This means that before you even step foot inside your new home, you need to know which things go to which room and so on.

This way, you won’t have to make a mess when you get inside your house because you’ll already know where to put all of your stuff. You should also consider this tip with big pieces of furniture as they take up a lot of space so it would be better to place them where you want first before unpacking smaller items.

Label your stuff

Speaking of unpacking, a great tip to help you unpack smoothly is to label each box. If you’ve ever unpacked before, you would know that it’s such a tedious task, especially if you don’t know where to put everything yet. Your stuff gets scattered everywhere and a huge box ends up getting stuck inside your room as you’re too lazy to get rid of it and you don’t have enough space for the things inside it. 

To prevent all of this from happening, label each box with where they need to go. For example, put all bathroom needs in one box and label it with ‘bathroom’. You can also place your pots and pans in a single box and label it with ‘kitchen’ and so on. This comes in handy because you won’t have to blindly pull out things from the box not knowing where the specific item you’re looking for is placed.

Create a checklist

Sticking with the topic of unpacking, a great way to help you avoid forgetting anything is by making a checklist. Not only will this help you unpack easier but it will also make sure that everything from your old place will be brought to your new home.

This can be done as you’re packing your stuff so that when you unpack, you can start ticking off the boxes that you’ve already placed inside. To make your life easier, you can also create a separate checklist for essential items inside your house. 

For example, you can make a dedicated list for your bathroom things, kitchen tools, bedroom stuff and more. This way, you won’t have to browse through a single and long list of items just to find the item that you’re going to tick off.

Childproof your home

If you’re going to move into your new house with kids or pets, it’s necessary to take steps to make the environment safer for them. The best way you can do this is through childproofing. There are several ways you can do this and we’re going to give some ideas to help you get started. This includes:

  • Store dangerous items such as knives, rat poison, butane lighters etc., in a space where your children cannot reach them
  • Insert rubber plugs in outlets that are reachable by your children
  • Put rubber inserts on harsh edges such as in tables, countertops, doors, etc.
  • Always make sure that the windows are securely closed
  • Make sure that there are no loose wires inside the house
  • Avoid putting glassware in reach of children
  • Create a separate space where your kids can freely play without having to worry about any potential hazards.

Search for the circuit box/water valve

Throughout your time inside your new house, you’ll inevitably experience inconveniences that are out of your control such as power and water outages. When this happens, you’d want to go to your circuit box or water valve to check what’s wrong with them. 

The last thing you need in a situation like this is to search for them in the dark or while your family is panicking. To avoid this, you should immediately search for these two important things the moment you step foot inside your new home. However, these things are usually found down in your basement but just to make sure, ask your realtor or architect about it.

Check if all your utilities are working

One of the most important things about your new home is your utilities which is why before you get handed over the key permanently, make sure that all of them are working properly. Your utilities include the following:

  • Gas
  • Water
  • Electricity
  • Internet connection
  • Cooling
  • Heating.

If one of these things are not working properly, feel free to raise it immediately so that you won’t have to spend additional money to get it fixed.

Update your loved ones about your new address

After settling into your new home with your family, make sure to inform everyone you love about your new address. Better yet, plan a housewarming party and invite all the people that matter to you the most and with who you are comfortable sharing your address.

This hits two birds with one stone as it gives you the chance to spend time with family and friends as well as inform them regarding your new location.

Get spare keys

Depending on how many adults are there in your household, get a spare key cut for each one. This is so that you can lock up your house anytime you want knowing that everyone in your family has a key to get inside.

This comes in handy when it’s already nighttime and someone is still not home. You don’t have to leave the door unlocked for them because they already have a key to access the house.

Do general cleaning

After unpacking everything inside your home and doing everything you need to settle, it’s time for you to do general cleaning. You can either do this yourself with your family or hire a company specializing in deep cleaning.

When a new house is handed to you, chances are, there are corners inside that hasn’t been cleaned in a long time. Doing this helps ensure that your whole house is sanitized. 

Enjoy your new home!

Congratulations! You’ve done everything you need to ensure a smooth transition into your new home, Now, all that’s left for you to do is enjoy the fruits of your labour and spend time with your family inside your dream house. You won’t have to worry about safety, electricity and other things that new homeowners are concerned about because you’ve already taken care of all of them. Sit back, relax and enjoy!

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