7 Tips for Moving into Your New Home

move-2481718_640Adjusting to new life changes and getting back into a normal routine presents challenges. Which is even more true for adapting to a new life in a new house. Whether it is a preowned home or new build, this list will help smooth the transition of your life’s most significant change: moving into a new home.

  1. Change the locks

When the closing is over and you have gotten the keys to your new house, it’s time to buy and install new locks on all exterior doors. Previous owners, realtors and anyone that provided maintenance on the house could all have a set of keys to the current locks.

  1. Change your address

First start by contacting the local post office and ask what you need to do for a change of address. Next contact all creditors, magazine subscriptions and anyone else that you could miss an issue or bill.

  1. Set Up Utilities

This can be as simple as contacting the previous owners for the utilities companies’ contact information when you’re moving into a preowned home. You will want to have the basic services in your name before you move in these include electricity, gas, water, sewer, garbage, cable, internet and possibly telephone.

  1. Locate Necessary Features (main breaker, water shut offs, smoke detectors, etc)

In case of an emergency, you need to know where the main circuit breaker is located along with the location of the water shut offs. Make sure that you understand the labeling on the breaker. Label it yourself before moving in if it is unlabeled.

  1. Clean, Clean and more Clean

One you have the utilities turned on, you are ready to start freshening up your new home. Some folks may leave the home clean for you and some may not. In either case, it’s always a good idea to wipe out cupboards, sweep and mop floors, wash the windows and baseboards.

  1. New Paint

Once you have everything spic-and-span, you can apply a fresh coat of paint. This will be much easier to do before all of your furniture and belongings are moved in. Remember that you can always hire professionals if you are short on time.

  1. New contact information

When you are all done prepping and moving into your new home you can send out new contact information to family and friends. You also can invite everyone over for a house-warming party to show off your new home!

Things to Consider When Adding Luxury to Your Home

Landscaping isn’t what is used to be. Today, home buyers are interested in the luxury items of a home, like a fire pit or a fountain, spa or maybe an outdoor kitchen. The possibilities are endless but while you decide which outdoor features you want in your next home, here are some things to consider:

paper-boats-and-vase-1390044230gtWWhere will you place it? Do you have the space? It’s all about location. Where is the best spot for your fountain? Does your fire pit have a secure cement pad to sit on?

How much do you want to spend? Have a set budget about what you are willing to spend for these little niceties that can turn your home into your dream home.

How does it affect your homeowners insurance? Never hurts to touch basis with your insurance company to make sure you are covered if anything happens.

What are the local ordinances? Each city or state has regulations, this is especially worth checking out when looking to put a permanent fire pit in your backyard.

Do you have a fire pit or hot tub in your backyard? What is something you wish you’d known before putting them in?