The moving-in check list: 5 things to do after moving into your new home

The moving-in check list: 5 things to do after moving into your new home

Moving into your new home will be an incredibly exciting time, as it will mark a new era in your life. Yet, there’ll be things you’ll need to do to freshen up the space and put your own stamp on the property. For a smooth transition, have a look at these five things to do after moving into your new home.

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  1. Clean the carpets

Does your new property feature the previous owner’s carpets? While they might look in perfect condition, they could be housing dirt, stains and odours. Make the property feel brand-new by turning to professional carpet cleaners to eradicate stains and smells. For instance, Technicare can remove pet stains and unpleasant aromas from a carpet, so the house feels like your home.

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  1. Review your crawlspaces

It’s hard to take a thorough look at a property during a viewing, which is why you should carefully review all the crawlspaces across the home as soon as you move in. This means getting into the attic or basement to check for potential problems such as mould, pest infestations or leaks. You can then make the essential repairs or install a vapour barrier within a space. By doing so, you can prevent bigger household problems occurring in the future.

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  1. Identify the mains water shut-off valve

If you weren’t informed during a viewing, you should identify the location of the main water shut-off valve, which you’ll need to know if there was ever a water leak the home. It could be located in an underground box with a removable lid within your garden, or it could be attached to your exterior wall. Only ever turn off the water in the event of an emergency.

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  1. Check or replace smoke and CO detectors

Every home in the UK must have a working smoke detector which can save your life in the event of a fire. In addition to smoke detectors, a CO detector can also identify a carbon monoxide leak within the home. Carbon monoxide is a silent killer, as it’s invisible and has no odour. If your home features smoke and CO detectors, it’s important to check they’re both in full working order to ensure the health and safety of your family. If they’re not functioning or appear faulty, you should immediately replace the alarms and regularly check they’re operative.

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  1. Install wireless alarms onto your windows & doors

It’s important for both you and your family to feel immediately safe and secure in your new home. As well as checking the smoke and CO detectors, you should also install wireless alarms to your windows and doors. The small devices will be activated if a person attempts to open a door or window, meaning they can deter a burglar from trespassing in your home. It will provide you and your family some peace of mind that you’re all safe and secure in your new property.


5 Reasons to move to a new place

5 Reasons to move to a new place

Making the move to a new place is a big change in one’s life. There’s a lot of work to be done, requiring effort, time and some money. Fortunately, companies like Chicago movers are willing to help you make that bold move much easier. Some people, like digital nomads and backpackers, are used to living from place to place, other people find it very challenging – and treat it as a decision that needs very careful thought and planning.

For the hesitant minds, you may be able to finally push through with your moving plans by realising its enormous benefits, and they include the following:

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  1. Making new friends and broadening your network

One primary benefit of moving to another place is the chance to meet new people. You can surround yourself with new individuals that will help you grow as a person. Having new friends can give you different perspectives in life, help you discover new interests and generally make you feel better about yourself. Similarly, a new place will give you the chance to broaden your network to find business opportunities or career advancements.

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  1. Breaking the usual routine

They say that life is an adventure. Living day to day with monotony can really sap enthusiasm and take the excitement out of life. With a new place to live, you can explore unknown surroundings and discover exciting locations. Starting over can provide you with real inspiration, instilling a mindset to pursue fresh hobbies and interests.

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  1. Creating new experiences

New places mean new things to try out, destinations to visit, shops to browse, and food to discover. New cities & towns can offer marvellous experiences you’ve never tried before. This is even more profound with a cross-culture relocation as you get to learn and experience more about other people’s way of life. Even new locations just a few hours’ drive from your old stomping ground will certainly have something different to offer.

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  1. Feeling free

Your existing neighbourhood can tie you to a lot of things – the usual circle of people, the same old things to do, and a routine that can take its toll on your mental health. Moving to a new area can give you a sense of freedom. And, with the amazing communications that modern technology allows, you can maintain any contacts that you wish to keep – there’s no need to lose your existing friends.

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  1. Improving yourself

A new situation can reveal a new, perhaps better version of yourself. Maybe you’ve become a bit bogged down and unfulfilled – perhaps losing a bit of self-confidence in the process. New challenges might help you to become more independent and fearless. You’ll discover a lot of things about yourself as you rise to fresh challenges – a more empowered individual might be the result.

There are countless good reasons to move, with much to discover along the way. Life’s not meant to be stagnant – so if you feel a bit stuck in a rut, move out and be free.


Moving house hints & tips from the professionals

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Thousands of people move house every year in the UK and most of them find the task to be mammoth and one that causes a great deal of worry, anxiety and stress. You can make the process of moving house a lot easier on yourself if you take some advice from people who know all about the ordeal and understand how to make it go as smoothly as possible.

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Use self-storage

Before moving house, it’s wise to decide which items you’re going to bring with you, which you want to dispose of and which you’d like to have put into storage. Make a note of this and call in the self-storage experts way before the removal van shows up. This way, you’ll have cleared the things that you don’t want to take with you to the new house. And so, by the time the movers come to collect your things, you can simply tell them to take everything. This way, the process is less confusing and time consuming.

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Change your address in advance

To avoid missing any important mail, change your address well in advance of the moving day. Some of the important ones to tell include your bank, place of work, utility companies, insurance companies, council tax office, doctor and dentist. You may want to change it on your favourite online stores too such as Amazon and eBay so that any deliveries you order will show up at the right address. Don’t forget to do the same with any subscriptions to which you‘re signed up. To be on the safe side, you can pay the post office to redirect your mail to prevent anything going astray. This is a good idea because you can’t rely on the new residents at your previous home to forward it on to you or to keep hold of it for you to collect.

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Start packing early

According to the BBC, you should calculate how many boxes you need in advance so that you don’t run out halfway through packing. They also suggest that you ‘don’t completely fill large boxes, as they will be too heavy to move’ and that you should use sturdy packing boxes for heavy items in case the box falls through and damages your belongings. Packing early will ensure that you leave yourself plenty of time to get things sorted out before the move. The process of packing the contents of your entire house routinely takes far longer than anticipated. It’s a good idea to pack one room at a time and label each box so that the unpacking process will run a lot more smoothly.

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Pack a ‘moving day’ box

Pack a special box or boxes containing items you’ll probably need to access as soon as you get to your new place. Cleaning products, phone chargers, pet food – and don’t forget your kettle and tea & coffee making supplies!

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Before the move

Before you move into your new home, it’s advised that you do a good sweep over the property. Give it a good clean and then make sure to check utility meters, take readings and make sure the electricity, gas, water, smoke detectors and such are in proper working order. Prime Location advises movers to contact your solicitor if you arrive at your new home and find that items that were included in the sale (curtains, carpets etc.) are not present. They also suggest that new residents should consider getting any door and window locks changed on your new property because ‘you never know who the previous owners may have given spare keys to in the past.’

Hopefully we’ve helped lessen the anxiety of your upcoming house move. Best of luck in your new home!


The hidden costs of moving house

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When it comes to moving house, there is an abundance of things we all have to consider in order to make the move go as smoothly as possible.

Even before you sell your house or tell your landlord it’s time to bring in new tenants, the journey has already begun. Having people over for viewings? That’s a good few hours cleaning, at least! Make sure you hide anything you wouldn’t want your mum to see, and ensure there’s nothing to cause you embarrassment on the day. If you’re not exactly OCD prone, perhaps you should hire in an expert. There you go, the costs are adding up already…

When you’ve found somewhere else to go, the stress really starts. Finding a company to move your stuff, taking time off work and buying furniture to fit the new place really takes its toll. If you’re downsizing, you may be looking to sell furniture in which case, you’ll need to consider how to do it. Car boot sales may be easy but, these days, people are looking for something for nothing, as they say. They’re great for getting rid of large amounts of stuff in bulk, but if you’re after the money, meticulous pre-planning using eBay and other selling sites is what you need to be doing.

Of course, if you’re moving somewhere bigger, you’ll need more stuff to fill more rooms. Spare beds, kitchen table – all those luxuries you might never have had the space to hold in the past. Remember, when you buy a house, you buy a home. You want to fill it with things that give it personality, but these things invariably cost, whether or not you’ve snagged yourself a bargain.

There are so many costs to account for when moving, that it’s almost impossible to predict. There are a lot of costs associated with the actual move itself though, that tend to be similar across the board. Deposits are a huge consideration (which are out-pricing so many first time buyers, especially), and then you have to think about things like agency fees, removal vans and everything else.

In all honesty, it’s quite the headache, so you’re probably best just working it all out with this calculator, instead. At the very least it’ll give you a starting point, so why not take the plunge and see just how prepared you really are?

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