Once you have moved into your new house it’s time for you to organise everything and settle down. Moving into a new house can be fun as well as challenging at the same time. You might have to start from the very beginning so you need to focus on each and everything bit by bit. Don’t forget to do the basics, once you get them right, then half of the work is done, which also means less trouble for you. If you are wondering how to get things together and start? here’s your guide. Read more to find out what should be done once you move into a new place…
1. Keep calm and relax
This is the first and the foremost thing you should do once you move into your new house. Unless and until you don’t remain patient and do things step by step you will never be able to arrange and organize everything.so keep calm and relax or else things will be more messed up. Moving into a new house, shifting your belongings, and starting all over again is not an easy task, you should follow a systematic approach and for that peace of mind is very important because you also have to take care of your family members and guiding them is your responsibility. So before things get out of control you should be the first one to remain patient and calm. Learn from your previous mistakes, avoid the wrongs you have done before and decorate your new house the way you always wanted it to be.
2. Get the locks changed
If you have purchased a previously owned house, there are possibilities of others having a spare key of your apartment. So it is advisable that you either change your locks or rekey your locks for your own safety and also to avoid break-in and unwanted problems. Depending upon the number of doors and your convenience you can either do it yourself or hire a locksmith or even add a deadbolt to your apartment in case you don’t want to change the locks. The safety and security of your family is undoubtedly a matter of concern. Better to be safe than sorry.
3. Pest proof your house
Before you start shifting your belongings to your new house call the pest controller and have the house inspected all over again. Check for rats, bugs, insects or any possible rodent holes to avoid potential infestation. It is better to get it done in the beginning itself in order to avoid calling the exterminators afterwards which will be a lot of trouble for you.
4. Check all the connections and supplies
Once you start moving in, contact your service providers which includes gas, water, electricity, garbage pickers and even the sewers. Make appointments ahead of time with the service providers. Inspect every nook and cranny of your house and also check on the taps, pipes and even the wires. Make sure that the Carbon Monoxide detectors and smoke alarms are working properly. Check if your house has all these facilities appropriate and perfect. These are the most basic and fundamental utilities which you cannot miss at any cost.
5. Organise and evaluate all your belongings
Before unpacking count the total number of boxes and make sure each one of them have been delivered to your house properly. Start by unpacking the most expensive and valuable belongings. You don’t have to do everything at once, take your own time and regularly unpack a few items day by day. Setting a deadline to unpack all the things will be beneficial as it will save your time and will let to you proceed with other things. Begin by unpacking your kitchen, bedroom and bath so that you can properly eat, sleep and bathe.
6. Update your address wherever necessary
A few days into your new house and the next thing you should do is update your address wherever required. The more soon it is done the more helpful it will be for you. Notify your post office, telephone, and electricity and water boards about the change in address. While magazines and other subscriptions can be informed via mail, it is advisable that you make a visit individually to important offices like banks, insurance providers and update your address yourself rather than sending emails and notices. Also do not forget to inform the school authorities of your children.
7. Get to know your locality
If you have moved into a new location it is very important for you to know your new locality thoroughly. So, once you have organised everything its high time you take a walk around your locality. This will help you find out the nearest shops, cafes, grocery stores, bus stops, hospitals and much more. It is also a good method to decide what suits you the best rather than depending on mere recommendations. Who knows you will find a store that meets all your needs or a better school for your kids to get admitted. A walk around the place will also help you to find easy and short routes to a place from your house.
8. Repair and replace broken circuits and water valves.
If there are broken circuits and water vales in your new apartment better to get them repaired or replaced in order to avoid future trouble. Also label which fuse controls which part of the house for ease of use. Label and identify each circuit breaker accordingly. Install new switch plates in place of old dirty and mismatched outlets.
9. Get to know your neighbours
If you are a newcomer to the locality it is very important for you to know your neighbours. From needing a safe place for you to leave your kids when you are not at home to taking care of your pet when you are out of town you will always need a helping hand. Neighbours can be reliable and some may even turn out to be your friends for life. So once you have organised your place it is advisable to get in touch with them. You can invite them over for tea and also to your housewarming party.
10. Inform your near and dear ones
Now that you have moved into your new house and you are finally done with shifting and organising your belongings it’s time for you to inform your near and dear ones. Conduct a small party at your home and use this time to relax and celebrate your efforts. To make your work easier, make a checklist and forward emails about your address change to all your contacts.