Moving into a new house is quite nerve-wracking, exhausting, and yet exciting and fantastic, especially when you move into a house you have bought. As a homeowner buying a house for the first time, you should check the following before moving into a new home. And these things even apply to people who move into a new house that is rented.
This list does not include the things you should do before buying a home, such as checking the location or price but deals with things after the purchase and before moving into the home. Also a tip for the person who is moving for the first time: Do not do everything yourself. When I was looking for apartments in Jaipur, I enlisted the help of professionals to spend less time juggling multiple things at once. Get the help of friends and family, and perhaps even hire a professional mover, packer, and cleaning services.
7 Things You Must Check Before Moving Into A New Apartment:
1. Internet and Cable
If you want to move into a house that has a good Wi-Fi and cable connection, it is essential that you book an appointment to get these things done before you move into the apartment. Otherwise, you will have to go without these things for a week or two, as you will have to do other things after moving in, such as putting up the furniture and setting up the kitchen. Also make sure that there is an internet contract partner in the building where you live or that you can choose one before you make an appointment.
2. Spray for bugs and critters
If the house you are moving into has been locked for a while, it is wise to spray for bugs. Before you bring all your stuff here, make sure you either spray for bugs yourself or ask an expert. You should do the same for mice, rats, and cockroaches. If you find any at all, it’s better to have them removed before you move into your new home.
3. Change the locks
It is possible that the previous owners have the keys to your house, or perhaps their neighbour or close friend. So make sure that you replace the locks first. Make sure that you are the only person who has the keys and never use the keys given by the previous owners or someone who lived there before you. This is a basic security measure you should take. Also check that there are smoke detectors and that they are working properly.
4. Get your apartment clean
Before you bring all your belongings and furniture into your new home, make sure that you properly clean every inch of the house. From carpets (if you have rugs), to toilet seats, to bathroom cabinets and kitchen cabinets, clean everything before you unpack. Also steam clean the carpets so that if they are very old, all the dirt is removed. You can even hire a professional cleaner who can take care of everything for a small fee.
5. Garage door should be reprogrammed
If you have a garage, reprogram your door for the same reason you changed the locks – security.
Check all pipes in the house, e.g. under the sink and in the bathroom, for leaks. Usually, owners check this before renting or selling, but it’s good to be sure. If you find even a single problem with the pipes or some cracks, have them repaired before moving your precious artwork and furniture.
7. Clean every cabinet
It does not matter whether the house is new or was built a few years ago. Before you unpack your things in the drawers and cupboards, it is best to clean and wipe them with something that removes all dirt and germs but does not tarnish the material at all. You don’t want any unpleasant surprises, especially if you have children.
I hope this article has helped you to inform yourself before moving into a new apartment. Prevention is always better than cure, so after finding the right flat/apartment/house in the right place, which is necessary, it is also important to tick off each item on the above checklist.
Now, that you know these important tips, always carry them out and encourage your friends and family to do the same.