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6 Things to Consider When Moving Into a New Property

If you’re planning on moving house in the next few months, then it’s vital that you’re organized and prepared for the process. As although it’s undeniably an exciting time, it can also be terrifying. However, with the right preparation, you’ll be on the path to success.

Whether it’s your first move or you’ve lived in several properties before, there are certain steps that you should take. But if you don’t know where to start with this, then you might be lost for inspiration. To help to guide you, here are 5 things that you should consider when moving into a new property:

Increase Your Previous Property’s Curb Appeal

If your whole family is about to move into a new home, it is only natural that you wish to get the most out of your previous one. While most owners just decide to put their previous home on the market as it is, some simple additions and modifications can help you make the most out of your investment. 

Indeed, selling a home is an extremely important step for any family or household. And, given the fact that that property is potentially your most important investment, it is crucial to increase its curb appeal. Aside from doing something amazing for the next owners, you can also sell it for more!

Some of the projects you could undertake include an exceptional siding replacement, a kitchen or bathroom remodel, or a flooring renovation. And, even if you think that these projects could weigh on your finances, the return on investment of such projects is unparalleled.

Pack Sooner, Rather Than Later 

Room With Moving Boxes
Multiple carton boxes with household stuff and furniture in empty room of new apartment

If you’re thinking of leaving packing until the last minute you’ll only cause yourself more stress. So, it’s advisable that you pack up all of your items ahead of time – then on moving day, you’ll only need to shift all of the boxes. It will also give you the peace of mind that your house is organized and ready to go, without having the fear that you’ve left something behind. 

Even though this might seem impossible when you have children, if you do this early enough and make a game out of it, you’ll get the process started on the right foot. 

Turn-key or Renovation Project? 

Home renovation with fireplace
Home renovation with fireplace covered with plasterboard – 3d rendering

Ok, so this is something that you’ll obviously need to think about before you purchase a home. But that doesn’t mean that it’s not vital in terms of when you can move in. Many people purchase a house that is turn-key – i.e you can move in on moving day without having to do any work to it.

Whereas others like a challenge and love the idea of renovating a home so that it’s to their unique style. If you’re thinking about doing the latter, then there are plenty of tips that you can follow, to ensure that your new home is exactly the way that you want it over time. 

Hiring Professional Movers

When you’ve bought your new home and started to pack all of your items, it’s time to consider whether you’ll move on your own or you’ll hire professional movers. Typically, people will use movers as it’s less hassle and it means that all of your items can get there safely. Although it can be expensive, many argue that it’s worth the cost in the long term – especially when moving long distances.

Getting a Home Inspection Completed 

It’s vital that you get a home inspection carried out on your new property before you move in. Why? Because it will pick up any issues with the heating system, damp, mold, electrical sockets, etc. 

Without this, you’ll only end up regretting it – especially if you find a costly fix down the line that would have been picked up on it and you could have put in a lower offer because of it. Luckily there are so many businesses that can do this, no matter where you’re located – whether you’re looking for a Toronto home inspection or one in another area. 

Transfer The Utilities and Your Postal Address 

Mailbox and mail
A mailbox full of mail against a blue and puffy white cloud sky

A few weeks prior to the big move, it’s worth contacting your utility providers to let them know about it. Usually, you can ask them if you can change it to your new address if you want to continue using their service. Along with utilities, you ensure that you forward all of your future mail to your new address and change your address on any documents.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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