Guest Blogger #580, Entry #1326, June 21, 2012
Moving into a new home is a time of excitement and uncertainty, but it doesn’t have to be a dreaded chore. Preparing your new home for your move-in day ahead of time saves you time and hassle by leaving you with a space that’s truly ready to be creatively customized. Here are a few tips for how to approach moving into a new home:
Cue the Lights
Call the electric and other utility companies in the area you’re moving to and get the lights set up and turned on before you start preparing your new home. You can probably skip the cable and phone until a day or two before you move, but you’ll want electricity, water and gas to prepare your new home in safety and comfort.
Plan Your Space
Measure your largest pieces of furniture and make a list of larger decorative items you want to include in your new home. Analyze your new home and decide where you want your biggest items so you’re not trying to shove things wherever you can on moving day. This way, you’ll be able to arrange things the way you want them as you or your movers unpack.
Renovate and Repair
Do any major repairs and renovations before moving in if it’s at all possible. You won’t feel like replacing a hot water heater or having a plumber come to call right after you get settled into your new home. Hire a home inspector (if you haven’t already) if you’re not sure what needs to be done.
Be a Cleaning Machine
Now’s the time to clean and scrub every nook and cranny of your new home. It’s easiest to clean without having to work around furniture and other possessions, so use some elbow grease and wash walls, clean appliances and make sure kitchen cabinets and cupboards are gleaming before you move.
Add Your Personal Style
Finish any major redecorating you want to do before your furniture and belongings are in your new home. If money’s tight and you still want to add some flair, consider painting just one or two accent walls to make your new dwelling reflect your personal style.
Once your new home is fresh, clean and ready for moving in you’ll be excited to get your furnishings inside and start unpacking so it feels like home as soon as possible. If you’re moving more than a couple hundred miles, consider hiring long distance movers to transport your belongings to your new abode. You’ll be less stressed and ready to tackle unpacking.
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