Tips for Moving Into a New House

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Buying a home can be an exciting process, but it can also be a stressful one. Setting aside the financial aspects and agency interactions, the move itself can be quite complicated, frustrated, and—without a little forethought—incredibly time-consuming. Here are tips on a few things to do when moving into a new house.

  • Measure Twice, Move Once
    Use a tape measure to get accurate dimensions on all your furniture, then take those numbers to your new, empty house and make sure you have a place for everything. Doublecheck that everything will fit through all the necessary doorways. Schedule any painting or renovating well before you move any furniture into the house. If you don’t have enough overlap from one occupancy to the other, use portable storage units to keep the furniture out of any room that needs work.
  • Time Your Deliveries
    In the same spirit as the above advice, if you do find that you need to purchase new furniture or appliances, try to schedule the deliveries so that they occur after any painting or renovation, and before you actually start to move any boxes in. Large pieces like sofas, chairs, and appliances can be difficult to maneuver through stacks of boxes. Proper timing can save you time, energy, and a whole lot of hassle.
  • The Little Things
    Small details can be frustrating during a move. Be sure to consider how many outlets are in each room and where they’re located (also if any of them are activated by wall switches). Which rooms have light fixtures and which ones will need lamps? Different types of homes have different heating systems: Where are your heating grates and air returns? Or your heating grills? Which parts of the rooms will get direct sunlight during the day (for when you position your furniture)?

Moving into a new house brings all sorts of little surprises and challenges. Be as prepared as you can be, so you can spend less time adjusting your furniture, and more time enjoying your new home.

Do you have any moving tips and tricks to share? Feel free to leave them in the comments below. References.

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  1. This might be a little off-topic, but I’ve learned that before you buy a home, when you’re looking at prospective houses, always check the cell reception and the water pressure.

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