Moving to a new home? It can be both exciting and exhausting. Cleaning, purging, and packing are soon to be part of your daily routine as well as an endless number of tasks that need to get done before the moving truck arrives.
Before you panic, we've got some ideas for a less stressful, successful move.
To-Do List for Your Current Home
Whether you currently live in an apartment or home, there are a few things you need to accomplish before turning over the keys. As a tenant, you'll want to do whatever you can to increase your chances of getting your security deposit back. As a homeowner, the mortgage lender for the new owners may require you to do specific repairs before sale is finalized.
Landlords frown upon things like large holes in the drywall, stained carpets, missing outlet covers, and missing or damaged smoke or carbon monoxide detectors. Consider hiring a handyman to do interior painting, repair holes in the drywall, steam clean your carpets (with special attention to stains and odors,) and replace smoke/carbon monoxide detectors.
As the seller, you may be responsible for making repairs to your home related to safety, accessibility, or defective conditions. Again, hiring a professional to make sure your furnace is operating properly, broken exterior stairs are repaired, and faucet/pipe leaks are corrected.
Even if your home is move-in ready, it may not be move-out ready. Don't forget that you'll need your TVs unmounted from the wall, smart home accessories disconnected, furniture dismantled, appliances safely disconnected, and the maze of wires attached to your desktop computer be untangled prior to the move. Utilities should be turned off the day after you move out and turned on the day before you move into your new home. Hiring a pro to do both the removal and reinstall will ensure everything gets set up correctly.
To-Do List for Your New Home
Hiring a mover will save your back and friendships but their only job is to transport your belongings from one location to another. They'll handle the heavy lifting but the movers won't hook up your appliances or reassemble your furniture. Consider purchasing new appliances and furniture. Have them delivered from the store to your new home and coordinate with a handyman to install and assemble everything the day you move in.
While you're at it, schedule these services also:
- Re-mount TVs
- Set up your Smart Home Services
- Repair any faucet leaks or slow drains
- Hang your favorite light fixture (that just had to come with you)
- Install a new garage door opener or connect the remote to your vehicle(s)
- Re-paint rooms to match with your new decor
- Patch drywall holes
- Hang your pictures
- Curtain and blind installation
With everyone in the world experiencing the pandemic health crisis, it's vitally important that your new home is free from germs and bacteria. Before moving anything into your home, you'll want to bring in a professional company to provide disinfection services. Surface disinfection takes about 45 minutes per 2,000 square feet. All products used are 100% safe, EPA registered, and fragrance-free. All disinfecting spray solutions target bacteria, including COVID-19 so you can safely enter and enjoy your virus-free home.
If you've got time before you need to take occupancy, you may want to consider doing some of these home improvements before your belongings are in the way:
- Change the locks—keep your family and new home safe by calling a locksmith to change the locks before moving in. Don't take a chance that someone has a key to your home that shouldn't.
- Remove "popcorn" ceilings—not only is this type of textured ceiling outdated, it can also contain asbestos (known to cause cancer.) Bring in a professional to test, remove and repaint for a fresh look and safe environment.
- Add customized storage shelving—there are a number of customizable shelving options available to fit your specific needs. Replace clothing rods and add extra storage in pantries to keep everything organized from the first day.
- Make electrical upgrades—if your home was built before 1990, you'll probably need extra electrical outlets and upgraded electrical capacity for the number of electronics, smart home, and gaming devices you use today. More outlets will help with furniture placement so everyone can plug in at once. Don't forget about a programmable thermostat too to save on energy costs.
- Replace flooring—there will never be a better time to replace flooring than when your rooms are empty. There are a variety of flooring products to fit every need including hardwood, laminate, vinyl plank, ceramic tile, and of course, carpeting. When making flooring selections, look for waterproof or pet-proof products for lasting durability.
- Install fencing—if you've got pets or children, you may need to add fencing around your yard to keep your loved ones safe and secure. Composite fencing can conceal a swimming pool or hot tub for years without time-consuming maintenance too.
- Contact pest control—you may not notice bugs, mice or other pests in your new home, but it doesn't mean there are none there. While traps and sprays may keep these critters at bay for a while, bringing in a professional will ensure that anything that's hiding will be eliminated.
Puls—Your One-Stop-Shop for Key Services Before and After the Move
Our team of professionals is ready to jump to action whenever you're ready for the move. Our fully vetted, skilled technicians can handle everything at your old home and new home to create a comfortable, safe environment.
Moving takes up a tremendous amount of time and energy. Save both by scheduling a convenient appointment. Call or click online to fit with your moving plans. We'll be there when you need us to handle everything from TV mounting, to home appliance installation, to handyman services, to disinfection services, to iPhone repair ((there's nothing worse than a broken phone screen), to smart home installation, to garage door repair, and plumbing services.
Now, you can become a Puls+ member where you can save 20-25% on all the services you’ll use for your new home and be ready for anything. Choose from long-term protection plans or Click & Fix plans. Enjoy peace of mind knowing that you're covered whenever something breaks down. Ask about appliance protection plans too. It’s a great time to make sure your appliances are fully protected. By paying a low monthly installment, you’ll never have to deal with an unexpected costly bill for appliance repair or replacement again. Book a service today for a stress-free move and get ready to enjoy many trouble-free years in your new home.