Useful Checklist for Homebuyers
Are you planning your first move? We have a useful checklist for you to make your move successful. Everybody has moved once in a lifetime: to a college dorm or a new apartment. You just packyou’re your required belongings, some bags, and just hit the road.
But when you plan to become a homeowner, it may be scary, and you may have doubts whether you should do it, or not. Just do it! Homeownership is one of the pleasures in life. But before you dive into this feeling, we recommend you to take a closer look at our move checklist.
- Finding Movers
You should do some research for a fast and successful move. Read online reviews about the local moving companies. Find movers with the best rating and check their website.
Find several top companies, and then ask questions to their customer support. Compare their pricing and don’t forget about such policies, as insurance and damage coverage. Do you have a winner? Contact them and schedule the moving date.
It would be a great idea to lock in a mover beforehand, in order to avoid some extra fees and other issues that may happen with last-minute booking. Six weeks before your move are perfect to book a moving company. “Last chance” date for a successful scheduling is two weeks before your move date.
- Packing Process
Now that the first phase is completed, it is time high time for packing. This process can be actually fun and simple.
Start with your decorative items, thus getting them out of the way and avoid doing it desperately at the last moment. Go to every room and mark boxes in accordance as you pack, so that it’s easier to unpack when the time comes. Along with that, make a list of items you’re keeping. You can provide a copy of this list to your movers in order to make sure that everything is kept during the moving process. And specify items you want to sell, donate, or keep for your garage sale.
As your moving date gets closer, you should pack belongings that you will use during the first couple of days in your new home: some clothes, documents, and toiletries. By the way, do not pack any important documents in the moving boxes, in order to avoid the risk of losing them.
- Planning the Furnishing of Your New Home
As you are sorting out all your belongings, take a moment to plan how all your items will look in your new place.
- Will your current décor fit the new living space?
- Is there enough/too much furniture for your new home?
- Where to keep all guidelines and instructions for your new home systems? Did you grasp the idea of how to operate these systems?
- Does your new home have enough storage space?
- What about landscaping? Are you the one to take care of it or you can opt for a different option?
You do not want to feel like a guest in your new place, do you? So take care of all these important things beforehand.
- Moving Day Preparations
It will happen sooner than you expect! Get ready!
Think of a plan for your children and pets in order make the moving day easier. You should have an idea of where your children will stay, and you can engage them into the process by letting them move their boxes.
Also, it is a good idea to update your address on this stage. Don’t forget about notifying your friends, family, banks, internet providers, magazine subscriptions, and others. It can be time-consuming. Make a list of all the bills you pay regularly, as well as the mail you receive, and better start a month before the moving day.
Don’t forget about the closing matters that you need to finalize. For example, settlement documents, loan papers, sales contract review, tax matters, insurances, and others.
And finally, you should stock up on treats and snacks for your moving day! The day is sure to be really busy, so better take care about food and drinks in advance, so that your kids don’t starve children during the process.
- Settle In
Congratulations! You did it! You paid the moving company, finished unpacking, and signed the documents. You are finally a homeowner!
Still, the work isn’t over yet. Of course, you need your time to rest, but be sure to check all regulations and rules of your new community. Find out whether it includes the HOA (homeowner’s association) and what covenants you should know.
Then, you should explore your new area, community, and meet your neighbors. Of course, you will have time to do it later, but why to postpone it? Also, you may invite your new neighbors to your housewarming party! It will be a good idea to gather your friends and relatives in your new home after you have settled in. Sounds great, doesn’t it?