The process of finding the right home for yourself, and if you have a family, them as well, and then purchasing it is probably going to be one of the most exciting events of your life. Owning a home is a big step for you. If you’ve been renting, then you know you can’t always do with a rented home what you can with a home that you own. The new home is yours to shape. As you plan to move into the new home, here are some tips to help that move go as smoothly as possible.
1. Forward Your Mail
The USPS does a great job of making your transition into the new home a bit easier. They have a simple online change-of-address form that lets you set the date you want to start forwarding your mail to the new address. This gives you time to change your address with all the companies with which you do business.
2. Budget for New Changes
If you previously lived in an apartment, then you didn’t have a yard to maintain. Now, you’re either going to need to purchase a lawnmower along with other yard equipment, or you’re going to need to hire a lawn maintenance company. Both of these are big expenses.
Determine which you’re going to do and then budget for it. If your lawn is small, push mowers are relatively inexpensive. If your yard is large, a push mower might get you by for a while if you mow it in sections throughout the week. Eventually, you’ll want a riding mower.
Another new expense you didn’t have previously is home maintenance. Whereas the landlord takes care of major issues in a home you rent, now that expense is going to fall on you. Always keep a small savings about double the average repair cost in your area so when maintenance expenses do arise they don’t set you back.
3. Lose Some Furniture
Renters are less likely to purchase heavy and nicer furniture since their residence isn’t permanent and they could need to move at any time. If you’ve been wanting nicer furniture, now is the time to lose some of your less quality pieces.
Give them to a local charity or a neighbor who can use them. If it’s a sofa or a dining room table, you can do without until you find the right replacement to suit the home that is all yours.
4. Plan for Cleaning
Plan for at least a week between the time you take possession of your new home and have to move out of your old home. You’ll want to get the new home in order. It’s likely the windows need to be cleaned, the carpets need to be steamed and the cabinets need to be wiped out. You don’t want to move into the new home and feel like you’re moving in on top of someone else’s old mess.
This is also a great time to pick out some paint and put a fresh coat on any walls that needs it, or to change the color if you want to customize your spaces. Paint always makes a home smell fresh and new.
5. Track Your Packing
As you pack your boxes, find an easy way to track their inventory. That way, as they arrive, you can make sure they are placed in the right rooms to make the process of unpacking much easier.
One method you could use is to number the boxes and have a spreadsheet that lists the contents of that box. Not only will you know what room they go in, but you’ll know where to find the items you need first.
6. Hire Professional Movers
Don’t try to do the moving yourself. Not only is it strenuous on your body, but a professional moving company knows how to move big items without causing any damage. Moving is a lot of work, and it’s best to let the professionals handle it.
While buying a home is exciting, the moving portion can be stressful. Make it as easy on yourself as possible by following these tips. Once you get through this move, it’s possible it’ll be the last move you ever have to make.