Series: Relocation

Checklist For Moving Into a New House

Posted on Nov 17, 2020

Bidding farewell to your old home and embarking on a journey to the next? If you’re getting ready to move to a new place, we know there’s a lot to think about.

From the moving van and budget to moving supplies and boxes, the checklist for moving into a new home can be a big one.

Luckily, if you’re looking for some tips, tricks, and guidance, you’ve come to the right spot. With our guide, we’ll help get you sorted and ready for your next big adventure. From a moving binder (yes, a binder) to cleaning supplies and furnished rentals to stay during the transition, we’ve thought of it all, so you don’t have to.

First, the Binder

Before you begin packing a house, create a moving binder. This can also be a folder on your computer if you don’t need the tactile feedback of a physical book—do what works for you. In either case, it’s a simple yet effective way to keep important documents and information organized and in one place (which will help during the excitement and slight chaos of moving).

Here are some things to keep in your binder.

The Ultimate Moving Checklist

Consider the ultimate moving checklist your master document of moving. Here, you can keep a running to-do list. Cross things out. Highlight. Erase. Do what you need to to keep yourself productive and keep your brain clear.

Expense Tracker

This will help you keep track of your moving budget during the big move. Think you need that $1500 couch for the new home? You may want to think again—or you may want to splurge. Keeping an expense tracker will help you stay on track.

Moving Crew Notes

If you’re making a big move, particularly if you’re moving out of state, you’ll likely gather a fair share of notes from the moving company. Keep them in your binder for easy reference when needed.

Buy and Sell List

When you’re fine-tuning the details of what to do before moving, it’s easy to forget what you’ve bought and sold. Maybe the dresser in your bedroom is going to an online buyer who’s arriving at 11 am on the dot the day before moving day. Perhaps the new bed frame you’re longing for goes on sale at the end of the month. Keeping a buy and sell list is a great way to keep all the furniture details organized. This is also a good place to note unwanted items you’ll be donating.

A “What’s in the Box” List

For those of you who are moving with a family, there will be seemingly endless boxes of belongings. A box labeled “kitchen” might not be reliable when you’re in need of a coffee pot the morning after the move. Instead, label your kitchen boxes (and all other boxes) numerically to help you keep track of the inside inventory.

List of Dates

From the moving date to the dates when the utilities will be disconnected and set up, many parts of the moving process require date organization. Keep an ongoing list and add to it as needed throughout the moving process.

Moving Budget

Once you have your binder all set and ready, create your moving budget. Moving expenses can really add up, especially when you’re hiring a professional mover or moving van. Not only will the moving budget help with the obvious things—like which location you’ll choose and what your base rent or mortgage of your new place will be—but it will help with the small things, too. Expenses like gas and meals on the road are important to keep in mind before the big day.

Packing Supplies

One of the most crucial parts of how to move a household is having the right packing supplies. Packing supplies can make or break a moving day and the days leading up to it. If you’ve encountered a box of broken coffee mugs packed without any bubble wrap or flimsy cardboard that breaks without warning, you know what we’re talking about.

Before you begin packing, make sure you have the following moving supplies:

Moving boxes

Moving boxes can be cardboard or plastic. They come in a variety of sizes like small, medium, large, and wardrobe size. Plastic bins are sturdy and, if you don’t want to purchase them, can typically be rented through your moving company.

Bubble wrap

Bubble wrap is key for fragile items. Place it around sentimental items or valuables that are made from glass, porcelain, and ceramic. You can also place the bubble wrap around items once they’ve been placed in a box to make sure they don’t move around too much.

Packing Tape

Rolls of good packing tape are a necessity. The packing tape is just as important as the box itself, so make sure to purchase high-quality tape that will stick and keep things together.

Packing Paper

Packing paper offers extra cushion and helps to keep things from clanking around. You can also use clothing, scarves, and dish towels to add additional protection.

Cleaning Supplies

Cleaning supplies will come in handy for moving out of the old home and for moving into the new house. If you’re doing both simultaneously, keep a box of cleaning supplies at each location.

  • Glass cleaner
  • Duster
  • Magic eraser (for wall marks)
  • Vacuum
  • Baking soda
  • Microfiber cloths and towels
  • Rubber gloves
  • Sponges
  • Paper towels
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Toilet and shower cleaner
  • Broom
  • Mop

You can also make things easier on yourself by hiring a professional cleaning crew for both the old house and the new home. When the professionals do the work, you can rest assured that every medicine cabinet has been wiped down, every mirror is spotless and streak-free, and all the toilets and showers are sparkling clean.

Things to Disconnect in the Old House and Set-Up in the New House
Utilities

Call the utility company to disconnect the utilities at the old house and get them all set up at the new house. This includes cable, WiFi, gas, electric, water and sewer, and trash pickup.

Homeowner's insurance

There are different types of homeowner’s insurance, depending on what you’d like coverage for. There are also types of insurance that help you to repair or replace your belongings or home if they are damaged—such as through a floor or fire.

Mail

To ensure that your old mail doesn’t go to the next tenant, you’ll want to give the post office your new address and put in a forwarding request. Make sure you change over your bills, magazine subscriptions, and anything else you currently receive in the mail.

Detectors

Before you get settled in your new spot, you want to ensure the smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are installed properly and working.

Locate Main Water Valve

Part of your checklist for moving into a new house should include locating the main water valve. If there’s an emergency leak or you need to shut off the water due to repairs, this will come in handy. In addition to your own main water valve, you’ll also want to get familiar with the water company’s shutoff valve and the water meter.

Change the Locks

As part of your moving timeline, you want to make sure you set aside time to change your locks. Give yourself peace of mind and make sure to do this before your first night in the new home. It’s a precautionary step to take that will ensure you and your family are safe.

Gather Important Documents

It may not be the most fun aspect of how to move a household, but it’s a necessary one: gathering up important documents. These include things like social security cards, medical records, and birth certificates. If you’ve let these documents go astray over the years, this is a good time to dust them off, get them nice and labeled, and keep them organized.

First Night Essentials

As part of your moving into a new home checklist, you can’t forget the first night essentials. This is a pro moving tip that will make all the difference. Take out or pizza to go is always called for on the first night in a new home. In the morning, make sure you have some coffee on hand, creamer, and some eggs and toast for breakfast (just don’t forget to locate the coffee maker, toaster, and a skillet beforehand). Keep some frozen or pre-made meals in the freezer or refrigerator to heat up. Stock the pantry with water and don’t forget to have toilet paper on hand.

We know the checklist for moving into a new house can be extensive. Between utilities, furniture, the moving truck, and all those boxes, it’s easy to get stressed out.

If you’re looking for a move-in ready option without the headache, take a look at our homes. Whether you want to spend the month waiting out escrow exploring San Francisco or you’re moving out of your spot in Boston and need a place to call home, we’re here for you.

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