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As someone who moves about every 2-3 years, I can tell you that it is never fun. However, over the years I have found some ways to make moving less stressful for everyone. A while back I told you how I moved in less than a week without losing my mind and today I wanted to share with you some of the things that I did, and suggest that you do as well, right after moving into a new home – especially if you’re dealing with a realtor or landlord.
So, let’s go ahead and get started.
Make Sure Everything is Working
When dealing with a realtor (as in my case) you have 30 days to alert them about anything that’s not working in your home or you could be stuck having to fix it yourself (depending on your rental agreement).
Therefore, even if you don’t plan on using things such as the heat or air conditioning right away you still need to make sure that they are in working order. For example, I moved during the Spring, so I didn’t need the heat or AC, however, if I didn’t check and it wasn’t working when I finally needed it I would have been super stressed out.
Things to Make Sure That Are in Working Order in Your Home
- Ceiling fans
- Washer/dryer (if you’re not bringing your own)
- Outside water
- Outside lights
- Garage door (if applicable)
Overall, you want to make sure that everything you can think of is working (even if you don’t plan to use it) to avoid unexpected expenses after your 30 days runs out and you need to use it or when it’s time for you to move.
Make Sure the Yard is Tidy
Every place we’ve lived at, except for our last condo had a yard. However, every placed we’ve moved into with a yard has never been tidy. By this I mean the grass is overdue to be cut and it stands out in the neighborhood.
What I did doing our recent move was hire a lawn care company the first week we moved in. I don’t know about where you live, but in Virginia, if the grass is too high the city will come cut it for you and send you a nice bill. So, having a tidy yard is always recommended.
Thankfully now we have one of the kids in the neighborhood who keeps our yard looking nice, so I don’t have to deal with remembering to contact a company, they just come over every two weeks.
Go Over the Rules of Your HOA (If Applicable)
For the past few moves, all the communities we moved into have a Home Owners Association (HOA). AND each one of these communities has different rules. Therefore, I highly recommend going over the rules of your HOA as soon as possible (if not before) once you’re in your new home. Take this advice from someone who was fined $100 in her last HOA for not knowing the rules about the color of blinds that could be hung up.
Check and Replace Necessary Things
In addition to making sure that everything works in your new home, you also want to make sure that you’re checking and replacing any of the necessary things. For example, when I moved in, I needed to change lightbulbs, toilet tissue holders, add in shower racks, and replace the air filters.
The air filters are a big one because they can seriously affect your HVAC system if they are overly dirty. This is a lesson I learned from my old place and was on top of checking the air filters in the house here.
The good news is Sam’s Club offers great low prices for their members on items that are useful for people who’ve recently moved, such as 3M Filtrete air filters. 3M Filtrete filters are $8 off now through November 25th with Sam’s Club Instant Savings.
If you’ve recently moved or are moving in the near future there is no better time than now to sign up for a Sam’s Club membership to get access to Instant Savings offers, like the 3M Filtrete offer.
Sam’s Club Giveaway
To help get the word out about how Sam’s Club can help folks save money during their moves they’re hosting a giveaway where they are giving away 10 $100 Sam’s Club gift cards. To enter to win 1 of 10 $100 Sam’s Club gift cards click here. Good luck to all who enter! Giveaway Ends 11/16.
Final Thoughts – Make Sure You Thoroughly Check Your New House Within 30 Days of Moving In
Overall, moving can be a pain AND once you finally get to your new home the stress still doesn’t leave. However, with the tips I have shared today, hopefully, when you get to your new house you can quickly get settled in and start enjoying your new place.
What are some things you do when you move into a new home?