Let’s be honest. Buying and moving into a new home can be one of the most stressful things you can do. Add selling your previous home into the mix, and it can be a pretty turbulent time in your life. But once all the paperwork is well underway you have the actual moving process to contend with. Let me tell you; it’s no easy journey to go on. So I thought it would be a good idea to share with you some tips that could make moving easier.
Change the locks
It’s easy to let the excitement of your new home take over when you first step through the door. But, at this moment, you need to think practically. The property was a previous home for someone else, and security needs to be of the utmost priority. So it might be worth considering getting a locksmith in to replace the locks on the main doors of your home. It puts your mind at ease instantly that no stray keys lurking in the back jeans pocket of the previous owner.
Plan your packing in advance
Packing is one of those things that you either love to do or hate to do. It’s a grueling process anyway, so make things easier on yourself by planning it well in advance. Sometimes the packing bit is the easy part; it’s the unpacking that can cause you a headache. A great tip is to pack and label the boxes for the rooms in your new home. That way, when you are unloading your truck or van, it can be deposited straight where it needs to be. Making the unpacking process less stressful.
Upgrade any security systems
Having previously mentioned about changing the locks, you may also want to consider the current alarm security system. Especially if you are moving home at Christmas time when burglary increases due to vacant homes. The alarm system could be ancient, or perhaps not working to full capacity. So it might be worth researching new systems like Ackerman home security or similar. Again it eases your mind when it comes to protecting your home. If the system seems good, then don’t forget to change the code as soon as possible.
Have an emergency box for when you arrive
We have already established that unpacking can be a nightmare, so make things easy on yourself when you arrive and have an emergency box. The sales process can take all day, and you may not have gained entry to your new home until the afternoon. An emergency box can have things like a kettle and toaster, maybe some squash or food items to keep you going. You may also want to pack an overnight bag, so you don’t need to be rummaging through boxes or cases for your pajamas and deodorant.
Take any meter readings
Finally, the moment you step through the door you could be switching lights on, cranking up the heating or flushing the toilet. So it’s essential to make a note of meter readings at your first opportunity. This ensures you only pay for what you use, and that there is no confusion about when you moved into the property.
I hope this will help you make the moving process easier in the future.