The Essential Guide to Get Your Home Move-in Ready
So you've found your dream home and made that difficult buying decision. What comes next? Moving can be an unsettling and intimidating process. Whether you're moving locally or out of state, there's furniture to pack, utility lines to set up, and spaces to design. No wonder people hate moving! Fortunately, you can significantly reduce the stress of moving into a new home with some serious planning and strategizing. Here are some tips for a painless transition.
Do a Walkthrough
According to Moving.com, it’s best to do a full inspection of your space before you move in. You want to set up a walkthrough before you get your stuff unpacked so that you can arrange repairs or other issues beforehand. Following are some things to double-check:
Fixtures, appliances, and outlets work and are in good condition
That the repairs and requests that were made in your contract have been implemented
Everything included in the sale is present in the house
This way, if there is an issue, at least you haven't completely moved in with nowhere else to go! Be sure to ask your realtor what your recourses are or fix the problems yourself if they weren't included in the contract.
Call the Pros In
It's always a good idea to get in experts to take some of the responsibilities off your plate. You'll have a job better done, and quickly. For example, cleaning your new home from top to bottom will be critical before you move in. If you don't have the time or energy to grab your cleaning gloves and get scrubbing, get professional cleaners to come in. Be sure to ask for client referrals so you're working with the best of the best. It'll be a worthy investment for starting your new life.
Sort Out the Basics
Make sure that your utilities are set up, and everything is ready to go. On moving day, verify that your electric, gas, water, heating and cooling, phone, and wifi plans are prepared for use - the last thing you want is difficulties with these basics. Make sure you're registered for garbage pickup as well. If you're moving out of state, you'll also want to research the nearest DMV office to update your license and registration.
Get Settled In
It's finally time for the fun stuff - figuring out what goes where and meeting new people. According to Darby Road, it is better to measure spaces beforehand to design your rooms properly instead of winging it. This is particularly helpful with bulky and weighty furniture like sofas, beds, and tables.
This time calls for introspection - do some thinking about how your dream space is set up (we recommend doing some Pinterest trawling for inspiration too). Play around with layouts so you can see what looks and feels better. Ensuring your home is laid out according to feng shui or vastu will also be necessary for some homeowners. At the same time, don't set everything in stone - give your home the flexibility to evolve with your changing preferences and sensibilities.
Get out around town and take in some local sites, parks, and restaurants. If you’re moving back to the Beverly Hills area after being away for a long time and you’ve lost touch with past friends and acquaintances, you can utilize sites like ClassFinders to locate old classmates. Simply find your high school and view graduates from your year.
While we consider steps like packing and unpacking to be the stressful part of moving, there are many bits in between that make a big difference. Follow our guide for smooth sailing, and before you know it, you’ll be ready to pop that champagne and celebrate your beautiful new home.
When you’re ready to purchase your ideal LA-area home, partner with realtor Lauren G. Tizabi. (310) 666-1537)