15 Tasks to Complete Prior to Your Big Move
March 19, 2018 | Phil Aitken
Moving is a generally overwhelming process and the details are endless.  Specific details are best tended to while a home is vacant and can become more tedious once your new residence is filled with boxes and furniture. 

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The Aitken Home Team presents 15 tasks to complete prior to moving:

UTILITIES
Don't make the mistake of assuming utilities will be turned on once you arrive at your new residence.  Be sure to have electric, gas and water turned on prior to your big move as the seller will likely turn them off before vacating.  

INTERNET/CABLE
Be sure your home is set up for internet and cable service prior to your arrival.  You might need to google take-out options after a day of unloading and unpacking!  

ENERGY AUDIT
Consider the benefits of ordering a home energy audit prior to your move.  You could save big on your energy bill upon a completed assessment of the home's overall energy performance and learn how to make your new residence more energy efficient.  You might be surprised to learn that you need thicker insulation in your attic or that you have air leaks in your crawl space.  Ordering an energy audit ahead of time allows for necessary repairs to be completed prior to occupancy.  You can expect to pay approximately $215-$600, however some utility companies perform this audit free of charge.  

DEEP CLEAN
It is ALWAYS easier to deep clean a vacant house than a house filled with boxes and packing debris.  Enjoy a savings of roughly $150 by cleaning the home yourself prior to moving day.  Ask your experienced realtor for a deep cleaning checklist to ensure you don't miss a spot.

LOCKS
Changing the locks prior to occupancy is crucial.  While this step cannot be completed until after closing, it is important to do this before moving day in order to ensure basic safety.  

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DETECTORS
It is always wise to check all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors prior to moving and replace all batteries.  Also, make sure that all detectors are not ancient artifacts and update them as needed.

ALARM SYSTEM
If your new residence comes equipped with an alarm system, be sure to call the company ahead of time to activate service.  If your home does not already have a home alarm system, be sure to schedule installation and activation prior to your move.  

REMODELING
You will be so happy that you tackled as many home renovations as you could BEFORE you move in as living in a state of construction can be hectic and wreak havoc on the nerves.  Try to tackle all repainting, flooring and remodeling projects prior to moving day.  Once again, such projects cannot be tackled prior to closing, however you might be able to get quotes on jobs before you close.  

REPAIRS
Address any and all repairs prior to moving day.  There is nothing more discouraging to a new home owner than having to work with a leaky faucet, a wobbly stair rail or uneven front porch steps.  

HOME WARRANTY
Home warranties are always a smart perk for new home owners.  Such warranties protect against leaky washing machines, old furnace repairs and a broken refrigerator.  Basic coverage runs approximately $300.  Be sure to purchase a home warranty prior to occupancy.  

Related: "The Builder's Warranty: Know Before You Purchase"

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FIRE EXTINGUISHERS
Be sure to purchase a fire extinguisher for every floor of your new home and have a planned escape route and meeting place posted in the event of an emergency.

GET ACQUAINTED
This might seem odd, but is important to really KNOW your new home.  Know where the breaker box and water shut-off valve are located and be sure to label the electric panel.  

CHILDPROOF
Be sure to plan in advance for ways to best protect the littles!  Implement measure to ensure your children's safety by childproofing your new home.

MAIL
Don't miss out on important snail mail notifications.  Be sure to update a forwarded address with the post office or do so online.  The post office stops forwarding items such as periodicals to your new home sixty days after your move, so be sure to alert the appropriate publications of your relocation.

BILLING ADDRESS
Be sure to update your new billing address with all financial institutions, banks and other entities who retain your payment information.  

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For more information, contact The Aitken Home Team today!





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