Your Moving Checklist: Things to Do Before Moving Into a New Home

Welcome to the Ultimate Moving Checklist – a list of all the things you should do before moving into your new home. Let’s face it: With all the excitement of new digs, it’s easy to forget some important tasks. Put these things off, and it becomes all the harder to tackle them later.

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  1. Turn on utilities – electric, gas, water – don’t assume they’ll be on and operational.

  2. Set up internet and cable service.

  3. Order an energy audit. Some utility companies do them for free.

  4. Do a deep clean. It’s never easier to do a deep clean than when the house is empty.

  5. Change the locks – this is a basic safety measure, but can’t be done until after closing.

  6. Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

  7. Set up the alarm system.

  8. Tackle major home renovations – renovations are easier to do with the home vacant.

  9. Make repairs.

  10. Get a Home Warranty.

  11. Buy fire extinguishers.

  12. Get to know your house. Figure out where the circuit breaker box and main water shut off valve are; how to turn off electricity or water in the case of an emergency.

  13. Childproof your home.

  14. Forward your mail.

  15. Update your billing address

So, before you move – or in case you have moved and are wondering how many of these you hit – now you can check this list to know what should be done long before you settle in.


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