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Moving house is a stressful event in everyone’s life. There’s so much that can go wrong; you can never be sure that the new house is yours until you’ve got the keys, and you’re unpacking the removal truck.
The hard work doesn’t end there though, unfortunately. You might be tempted to relax, safe in the knowledge that the ordeal is over, for a few more years at least. Don’t crack open the champagne just yet though. Here are a few more things you’ll have to do before the job is done!
Unpack and Store Immediately
There’s often a temptation, when you move house, to leave the unpacking for another time. It’s for the best that you get it out of the way straight away though. You don’t want those big boxes becoming pieces of furniture!
I know the feeling, you think back to how long it took to put all the stuff into the boxes, and then the thought of taking it all out seems a lot less appealing. Putting it off, gets you nowhere though!
Change the Locks
Security is a big concern for a lot of people, especially if you have a family, so don’t forget to change the locks to your home as soon as you move in. The previous owners may have handed out spare keys to all sorts of people. So, by changing the locks, you make sure only you can get in and out of it.
There are other ways to improve security too. You might want to eventually replace the old doors and windows and add extra locks if you want. You should also look at the quality and age of the current alarm systems in the house.
Do a Thorough Clean
Once the boxes are unpacked, and the locks are changed, it’s time to get out the vacuum cleaner and feather duster. I know it sounds bad, but you don’t know how clean the last owner kept the house, so it’s always worth giving it a thorough clean once you move in.
Start with the kitchen and bathroom, it might even be a good idea to clean those rooms before you do the unpacking. Then, after that, focus on the carpets. Attend to any stains on the carpet, and steam clean them if necessary. From there, you can go over the rest of the house.
Get the Utilities in Order
Sorting out utilities can be a real pain, but we all know they’re a necessary evil. Contact your utilities providers. If it’s winter, contact the gas and electric providers immediately, these are the most important. After that, you can contact the phone company and other things you may need to sort out like TV and internet.
Once they understand that you’ve moved house, they’ll be able to make a note of it and make the necessary changes. They may need to visit you and install the services in your homes though so make sure you’re available to deal with those appointments at some point.