Moving house can be a stressful time. There are so many different aspects to consider, so it can all be quite a juggle.
To make your moving day a lot less stressful, consider these six things you can before you move into your new home.
Before moving into your new home consider changing the locks. This gives you peace of mind that you are the only ones who have access to the keys for your new home.
This eliminates the risk of having people enter your house that are not authorised to do so.
While at it, you may want to get spare keys for each member of your household. You do not want to add to the already stressful moving day by losing your keys, cutting spare keys for family members can save you from lots of headache down the line.
Clean your home
Although it is very likely the house was cleaned by the previous tenants before moving out, you may want to give your new home a second clean.
Even if you feel there’s no need to clean the house again, all the moving in and unpacking will undoubtedly stir up dust and dirt in the house.
If you do not want to clean the house yourself, you can find a Sydney house cleaning service to clean your home professionally.
While familiarising yourself with your new home and getting to know where things are located, you need to know where your home’s water main valve is located.
The water mains control the flow of water into your home. You need to know where it is located should you have to turn the water off in case of an emergency or while having plumbing work, done.
Depending on the weather condition in your city, the main valve can be either inside or outside the house.
Circuit breaker box
The circuit breaker box is an electrical panel that controls the electricity in your home. Each fuse on the board controls power in a part of your home or room.
So, you may want to map each fuse with the room, or part of the house it controls. That is if the previous owners did not do it or you are checking to ensure they did not make a mistake.
To do this, you will need another person to help you identify which fuse controls what.
While you are at the switch box, the other person would be in the rooms. Be ready to yell back and forth with the person until all the rooms are mapped.
It is practically impossible during the chaotic moving process to remember to update your address, that is why you should do it before moving.
This way, you can be sure your letters and subscriptions are delivered at the new home address.
Do not forget to inform your insurance providers, banks, employers and other relevant institutions about your new contact address.
You do not want to move into a home with the essential services like electricity and water not functioning. Be sure to inform your energy provider about your move.
You may only need to provide them with your new address and your preferred connection date. Make sure to do this just before your move day, so you do not have to pay for the previous owners’ usage.
Having taken care of the essential utilities, you may also want to call your internet service providers (ISP) and inform them about the change in address.
Be sure to call them at least three weeks before you move, to give the ISP enough time to set up your home’s internet access.