So you’ve done your part already: you’ve worked hard, you’ve saved up, you’ve purchased the home you aspire for, and now you’re finally moving in with your family. Now, the last thing you want to happen on your first night inside your humble new abode is stress out on a number of problems, because 1) it’s not good to start your first night on a bad note and 2) these things could always be prevented by planning in advance. Here’s a checklist on what needs to be done before moving in:
Make sure all documents and access tools have been properly turned over to you
Of course, the first order of home ownership is to ascertain your right to ownership of your new house. This means making sure that keys, access codes to digital locks, property titles/deeds, whatever contract that you need a copy of, have all been turned over to you as the legitimate owner of the property. All paperwork should be stored inside a safety deposit box.
Make sure security measures are in place
In this day and age, a little bit of security measure goes a long way. Ensure that crime deterrents, such as closed circuit cameras (CCTVs), security alarms, and—if your budget allows it—electric fences, are already set up properly within your residence for your family’s protection. This is especially apt for residences that do not have dedicated security personnel, unlike condominiums and townhomes.
Make sure everything inside the house is working perfectly
Seriously, it’s not fun to spend the night in a new home without the bare necessities: electricity, water, cable, even WiFi. Make sure that all lines and service accounts have been transferred or enrolled to your new home so that your first time staying there will not be met with technical issues. You wouldn’t want family members whining all night about not having WiFi.
Make sure everything is already at its most organized state
Say no to clutter–forever! Now’s the perfect time to create a working system that will eliminate clutter inside your new home, and involve your whole family in implementing this system. Get rid of things from your old home that 1) you don’t really need anymore and 2) that do not have a place in your new house. Before moving in, set up a garage sale in your old home and sell everything that you can no longer take with you, and then use that money to buy efficient cabinets and drawers that can hide clutter and save you space. This is especially true for condominium dwellers whose limited floor space are quite precious.
Really, moving in to a new house is one of the most exciting things that could ever happen to a family. So don’t forget to plan ahead of your relocation date so that you’ll feel nothing but peace, love, and contentment the moment you set foot inside your new residence.