Moving is always an exciting, yet stressful, endeavour. Whether you’re finding room to grow or downsizing, moving all by yourself or hiring a moving service, there are certain things that always arise no matter where you move to.
Especially as you enter a new space, it’s important for you to feel as comfortable as possible and, often, gas lines, utilities, and other administrative tasks are the furthest thing from your mind. But if you plan ahead, your move can be efficient and worry-free.
Here are the first five things you should do after you move in.
1. Unpack and Take Inventory
Things can easily get lost in transit, whether you packed the boxes yourself or someone else did, so, it’s important to take a full stock of everything you brought (or think you brought) with you when you move into a new place.
So, you’ve unpacked all your boxes and are settling in to make your first meal in your new place, but you can’t find plates or utensils. Actually, for that matter, you can’t find any kitchenware at all! Where did it all go? If you planned ahead and made a list beforehand, you can easily spot what’s missing before running into situations like this.
If you’ve hired a moving company, having an inventory list of what’s being moved can hold the service accountable for what was put on the truck but never arrived.
2. Activate Utilities
After spending a long day moving boxes and furniture into your new place, you may definitely want to unwind with a nice hot bath… but what if there’s no hot water?
Utilities are perhaps the most important administrative task that you should tackle before you move, so you’re up and running after actually moving in. Whether it’s power or water, things will definitely be easier for you once all those utilities are settled. If you’ve gone with an all-inclusive moving service, they can even handle these logistics for you or at least help you out if you’ve forgotten.
3. Set up for a Few Nights
Moving is exhausting and can often take many trips. Consider preparing the “essentials” and set up places like the bedroom and bathroom first, as these rooms are rather vital and can serve as a base of operations for the rest of the move. When you’re well-rested and refreshed, you can then easily tackle the rest of your new place.
4. Inspect the Space before Settling In
It’s often a good idea to take a look at the condition of your new place right after you move in. If you can carefully document any abnormalities from the last time you were there, you could potentially bring it up with your landlord or developer. Additionally, if you take note of the state of things before you’ve lived in a place, it’s easy enough to return the space to the way it was if you ever leave.
5. Consider Extra Storage Options
Sometimes, you may find that you’ve brought a little too much with you into your new place, and that’s where short- and long-term storage solutions come into play.
You may think that it’s just another added expense, but certain self-storage facilities offer affordable rates and, if you think long term, are places you can keep coming back to as you accumulate more items. Not only do self-storage units allow you to free up more personal space (by housing non-essential items), they can also act as a “safe” of sorts, giving you a secure place to store more valuable items that you may not be comfortable keeping at home.
In addition, your new place may not be the best location to store more sensitive items, such as paintings, so off-site storage can be a perfect way to not risk damage to more delicate objects.