Checklist: 10 First Things To Do After Moving Into A New House
Finally, moving day has arrived! You’ve used smart packing tips to get your belongings ready, and you’re about to officially move into your new house. Now, all you have to do is unpack your belongings, right?
10 Things To Do After Moving Into A New House Checklist
Checklist of 10 Things You Should Do After Moving into a New House
1. Unpack Your Food
First on the checklist, if you packed your kitchen efficiently, your fresh food and meats should be the first thing out of the moving truck or van. Make sure you take out all your food and perishables and put them away immediately. Light food like pasta should follow, so take the time to stack up your kitchen. You’ll be thankful to have a clean kitchen with cool water and food when you take a break from packing.
2. Get Your Glassware and Kitchenware Organized
Since you’re already in the kitchen, you may as well start unpacking your glassware and kitchenware. Take out pots, pans, cutlery, plates, spices, and assorted bottles and put them in their place.
3. Clean Dirty Areas Thoroughly
If you’ve just moved in, your furniture is not laid out yet. It’s the perfect time to clean those areas that will be unreachable once you set up your kitchen and living spaces.
4. Hygiene and Daily Items
You should also have a bag of essentials like hygiene products and toiletries. Get your essentials bag and unpack it. If you have children, do the same for them. Set up your own bathroom first, then move to the rest of the bathrooms. You’ll also appreciate that clean shower at the end of the day when you’re aching for a hot bath!
5. Move Furniture to the Right Place
Now that your kitchen and bathrooms are set up, start moving your furniture around and putting it in the right place. Work from the inside out, starting with the rooms that are deeper into your new place. Then work your way and leave the rooms closer to your front door last.
6. Set Up Your Bedrooms
Once your furniture is laid out, move to your room. You may want to start with other rooms if you have children, but leaving your room for last can be a nightmare. We suggest you start by setting up your bedroom and move to the others once you’re done with yours.
7. Put Each Box in the Right Room
Chances are you won’t have time to finish your entire home for the next couple of days. You should still drag each box into its corresponding room. You should have clearly labeled boxes, so simply move them to the appropriate place and remove clutter.
8. Get All the Noisy Stuff Done Before Dark
Vacuuming, hanging paintings, and any other noisy activity should be done during day time.
9. Start Organizing Rooms
You will only have the chance to finish a few rooms the first day, but you can always start organizing and setting yourself up for day two. Once you drag the boxes into their respective rooms, start taking stuff out and lay it out where you want to put them.
10. Meet the Neighbors
If you happen to come across one of your new neighbors, introduce yourself! Everybody likes a friendly face, so set the right tone for a good neighborhood experience. Also, remember to notify your important contacts about your new address.
Bonus: Check and Save Your Paperwork
Pending condition reports should be filled out as soon as you arrive. Make sure you drop it off or send it as soon as you can, and take plenty of photos of your new place for your own records. Store this information in a folder (physical and/or digital) and put it in a safe place as you may need it in the future.