Oh, moving. It involves so much more than simply boxing up all of your items, loading them into a truck, and getting the new keys to your place, doesn’t it? That’s right—you not only need to take care of making sure that you leave your old place in tip-top shape, but there are also a few things you need to check off your list to ensure that your new residence is all set to be transformed from a bunch of empty rooms to home sweet home.
Yes, there’s a lot of preparation involved before you ever even carry a single box over that threshold of your new place. What sorts of things should you do before you actually move in? Treat this as your checklist, and your brand new digs are sure to be set and ready for you to move right in!
1. Test Everything
Moving day is stressful, and the last thing you’ll want to do is deal with no working heat, a jammed lock, or a garage door that doesn’t open. So, go through and test everything before the day that you plan to actually haul all of your boxes in—including testing any appliances that were left with your home. That’ll help you avoid any of those unforeseen nasty surprises on an already frazzling and exhausting day.
2. Take Pictures
This likely isn’t important if you’ve purchased your new place. But, if you’re renting? It’s an incredibly important step. Go around and take pictures of every single space, paying extra attention to any spots that show damage or visible wear and tear. If you want to take things even one step further, you can also create a detailed list of anything that was somewhat worn or damaged before you moved in. That record and detailed evidence will help you get your security deposit back when it’s time to move out!
3. Hire Professional Cleaners
When you’re using all of your energy to load up your entire life onto a truck, you’ll likely want to avoid having to also scrub toilets and vacuum. This is why I always recommend hiring a professional cleaning crew to head to your new place while it’s still totally empty. They’ll have a much easier time making sure everything gets clean, because any dirty or grimy areas will be glaring when there’s nothing in the room to serve as a distraction. Plus, there’s nothing better than being able to kick your feet up on the couch in a space that’s sparkling clean at the end of a long moving day!
4. Put Toilet Paper in the Bathrooms
This seems like such a minor detail. But, I assure you, it’s important. When you head over to your new place to test things or take pictures, bring some toilet paper with you and put it in the bathroom immediately. Sure, you might have good intentions of putting it in your box of necessities to be unloaded first on moving day. But, that box could get lost in the shuffle, or someone could need to pay a visit to the restroom before anything’s actually unloaded into your new place. So, be proactive with the toilet paper. You’ll be glad you did.
5. Install Blinds
This is a personal choice. But, I think it’s a great recommendation—particularly if you live in more urban area with lots of neighbors. If your new digs didn’t come with any window treatments, you’ll want to hang up some blinds before moving anything in. This will ensure you’ll have some privacy right off the bat. Plus, when you’re planning on having all of your precious belongings stacked in piles all over your home, you probably don’t want to advertise that through uncovered windows. You very well might come back from a quick pizza run to a smashed patio door and a bunch of missing items.
Moving involves a lot of stress and effort. And, at the end of the day, you’ll just want to kick back on the couch in your new place and unwind. Take care of these five quick things ahead of time, and it’s sure to make your moving day as seamless as possible!
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