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The 7 steps to take to be ready for moving into a new home

By Andrew Bell

If you’re looking to move into a newly purchased home in the near future, you’ve likely done a lot of work to ensure the buying process goes as smoothly as possible. But what about the next step? After all, there’s more to having a comfortable life in your new home than just making sure you can afford the monthly home loan payments.

That starts with the process of moving into the property and making that transition as smooth as possible. The following tips should help:

1) Have a plan for dealing with kids and pets

Moving is a process that involves a lot of running around, and that can be tricky if you have younger kids and pets. Realestate.com.au noted that you need to have a plan for how you handle these important members of the family. Is it safe to leave the front door propped open? Will they be constantly underfoot if you don’t occupy their attention? This is critical to a stress-free move-in.

2) Make sure you update all your contact information

When you move, you need to make sure all your online accounts, subscriptions and more are updated with your new address. While there mail forwarding works well, it’s not a catch-all, and you don’t want to have something you ordered going to the wrong place. You should also let your loved ones know to update their contacts.

3) Make sure you have a general layout in mind

When you move, you don’t want everything to be chaos as you try to figure out what goes where, according to Moving.com. You should have an approximate layout for your new home in mind so that once you arrive and start bringing in boxes, you know more or less where everything should go.

4) Change the locks

When someone moves out of a home, they will typically turn over all their keys, but they may have also given copies keys to other people, lost or misplaced some, and so on. You don’t want to run the risk of an easy break-in, so just change the locks. It’s quick and easy to do.

5) Get to know the neighbours

If you want to really get the lay of the land in your new area, the easiest way is just by asking the people who have lived there for some time. Go around the neighbourhood, introduce yourself and have a few conversations about the pluses and minuses. You might also just want to host a housewarming party.

6) Get ready to do some DIY

Even if you think a house is fully move-in ready, you’re not always going to spot every issue in advance. The Spruce advised that you should prepare yourself to fix a few things here and there, most relatively minor, to feel fully comfortable in your new home.

7) Try to organise everything you can

As you move out of your old place, you will likely label everything — “bedroom,” “dishes,” “living room,” etc. — and it’s important to keep those labels in mind as you move everything in. Make sure they’re easily visible, so that you’re not running around your house trying to figure out where you put all your stuff for the home office.

When you’re thinking about buying a home, especially for the first time, it pays to have some expert advice and guidance. At Ray White Surfers Paradise, we can show you the ropes and help you every step of the way, so that you find all the success you want as you shop for a home and move into it. Give us a call today to learn more about how we can help you.

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