Congrats! You got through the struggle of buying a home in a hot market and found yourself a new place.
Before you pack those boxes though, go through our checklist to ensure everything on move-in day goes well:
1. Only Hire A Trusted Moving Company
Moving scam con artists use a bait-and-switch tactic in which they quote you an unbelievably low price to move your stuff, then demand more money as they keep your things hostage.
In 2015, there were 364 complaints about “hostage” scams, according to the National Consumer Complaint Database.
Look at reviews and determine if this is a legitimate moving company.
Get everything in writing to protect yourself from hidden costs – so there are no surprises on moving day.
And stay away from “companies” that give you an estimate over the phone, as many legitimate movers don’t make an estimate until reviewing your belongings and assessing size and weight.
2. Change The Locks
You never know who could have a key to the house you just bought.
Give yourself a sense of security knowing that you’re safeguarding yourself of any possibilities.
3. Research Your Proximity To Nearby Sex Offenders
A property search can potentially open the door to countless public record information about the people you’ll soon be living next-to and around. Does anyone have a criminal record? Or a long list of speeding tickets or traffic violations?
You could also find the contact information of your new neighbors, which is always good to have in case of an emergency.
As for searching for nearby sex offenders… this is a tip we recommend you do before buying house, but nonetheless, is a helpful one in any case.
Knowing if there is a registered sex offender living in your new neighborhood will help you take the right precautions.
4. Get The House Cleaned
You don’t want to end up placing your clean dishes in a dusty cabinet. Or setting your heavy furniture down on disgusting carpet.
You’re moving into a new home – start off fresh! You’ll feel a lot better about arranging your belongings in a home that’s clean.
5. Set Up Utilities Ahead of Time
Water, electricity… INTERNET. What would you do if you moved in and none of these things were set up beforehand?
Cry and then spend money on a hotel, maybe.
6. Install Window Treatments
That first night you sleep in your new home, you’re going to want blinds or curtains. Or have a night of sleeping with your neighbors watching.
This is often an overlooked thing on the checklist of moving into a new home, but it makes a huge difference.
Now you’re as prepared as you’ll ever be to move into your new home. Don’t forget to break out the champagne once you do.