Congratulations on finally getting your own home! You are excited about moving in and can’t wait to redecorate the interior and garden. However, before any of that fancy stuff, you need to take care of some of the most essential things immediately. Moving can be a stressful process with mountains of boxes to unpack, paper work to fill in and mentally settling in a new city. You might find yourself isolated for the first few weeks, and not knowing what to do make it even worse. So here are few things to take care of immediately as you move in.
- Change the locks
There is no guarantee that all keys to your home have been handed over to you. You never know how many people had access to your home; the previous owners, real estate agent, renovation workers and many more. Hence, you need to change all locks on external doors immediately. Get a locksmith to change the existing locks or install a completely new set. It will ensure safety for your family and give you peace of mind. Next, check all locks and latches on the windows to ensure better safety.
- Make new friends
This might be the last thing in your mind since you feel you need to settle in properly first, before making any friends. However, the delay might not be that good for you for many reasons. One being that the first few weeks can depress you as you are away from family and friends so you need good company. Secondly, the entire moving process can be made easier of you can get some helping hands. Talk to the folks next door and get to know the people and area around you. They will be able to give you valuable advice on do’s and don’ts. Ask for contacts of various local services such as trained pest control, painters, plumbers, electricians etc.
- Clean the house
As soon as you move, you need to give your home a complete cleaning. With no furniture and other appliances, it will be easier to mop, wash or seal every nook and cranny around the house. You need to check every corner for holes, leaks or pests. Make use of the contact of pest control services Bribie Island that you obtained from your neighbours, and get your place insect-free.
- Change your address
All your important documents might be still mailed to your old home and that is not good. You need to either make a visit to the post office to fill a ‘change of address’ card or do it online. Inform all important institutions about your move; banks, schools, colleges, workplace etc.