What to Bring to Your New House

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The first independent moving operation is incredibly stressful. You feel like anything and everything will go wrong, constantly stressing over forgotten items or chores. We know what it’s like to be in such a predicament. That is why we have made this list, to help you get your priorities in order and make the whole moving process as painless as possible. Lots of people will put emphasis on the furniture when moving to a new house, but there are a lot more important things to worry about before the move.

 

1. The Transfer Utilities

The transfer utilities are the bare minimums that you will need to start a new life in your new house. So, it is unimaginable to do anything else until you have these things assured. Before doing anything else, set up the water, electricity, and gas. Without these, you won’t be able to achieve much during the move, especially once nighttime comes around. This can be a pretty painless job if you are moving away somewhere within the same city. But if you are moving to a different city, region, or even country, you will need to do your research upfront to know what companies you should reach out to in order to get the bare necessities settled down.

Got your contacts in order? Great. Now comes the setup part. You want to contact all of these utility companies well in advance as possible before the actual move (an ideal time scope would be between two and three weeks before the actual move). This way, you can be fully certain that you will have at least running water in your new house once you arrive there.

Aside from this, you shouldn’t forget about your previous utility contracts. Some states will have more lenient laws, asking you to pay your water bills and giving you several warnings until shutting it off, like Philadelphia. Then there are other states that will demand that you pay the bills you are owed. Either way, you look at it, you don’t want to be in such a heinous situation. So, before you start the moving process, set up a disconnect date with your current utility companies. Once you have reached your new home, make sure that everything is running as it should be, and don’t be shy about it. Be a bit wasteful and turn on the water for a few seconds on every pipe, turn on the gas wherever possible, and test all of the lights in the house. If everything is working as intended, it’s time to move on to the next part.

2. Organize a Cleaning

Before you start moving your furniture, you should keep in mind that the previous homeowners of your new house are probably not going to make a detailed cleanup as you would like to. You can, if you so wish, clean the new house yourself from top to bottom, but with so many responsibilities and chores on your plate, do you want to add another one as well? With no options remaining, you should hire cleaning services to do a complete makeover of the house. For smaller objects, you can utilize ultrasonic cleaning to get them positively shining. After they are done, you can start moving in the furniture into your new home.

3. Gather the Right Supplies

The most important step from a logistics standpoint when it comes to moving to a new house is coming prepared with all the right supplies. Hopefully, you are aware that you will need to prepare moving supplies a few months before the actual move begins. You need to get enough boxes, bubble wrap, and packing tape to fit your entire life into them. Then there are smaller things that will make the logistics of the operation go smoother like having a box cutter, markers, scissors, and so on. Having enough of all of these supplies means that the moving process will be a lot less stressful for everyone involved.

4. Connect the Internet and the TV

For most people, living in a place without the internet can make it feel like pure agony. So, to avoid a situation where you are without internet and any TV programs for a month, you should take the same approach as you did with the transfer utilities. Research the local internet and cable companies and arrange a date when they can connect your new home to the internet and give you your necessary components of everyday life (maybe not as vital as water, but you get the gist of it). Contact several companies in the same period (two to three weeks upfront) and decide on a new provider. This could also be a good thing, because if you aren’t locked into a long-term contract, you will have the benefit of getting a new variety of choices from which you can choose, resulting in a possibly better deal than before. Just do your research for what these companies are offering and at what price. When you’re all done, the only thing that’s left is to schedule an installation appointment.

5. Update Your Address

You probably don’t realize the scope of how much your current address matters. Odds are, this will affect some of your past programs and subscriptions. Hell, it can very well affect your bank account and credit card. You should write an email to the relevant sides that you are subscribed to that your address has changed and that you wish to update it. If you tend to use applications for delivery services, don’t forget to update your address on those as well, otherwise, the new owners of your previous house will get a delightful surprise. So, don’t be a slacker. You’ve made it this far, now you just need to speed your way through these address-related services.

 

Hopefully, with this list, you have gotten a better grasp of what you need to do before moving your furniture to a new home. With any luck, your move is going to be a lot less stressful now. So, we wish you the best of luck.