Things To Do Before Moving Into New Home

6 Simple Things You Need To Do BEFORE Moving Into Your First Home

What to do before moving into your first home.

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College gives you the first taste of independence — especially if you live on campus. But there's nothing quite like the feeling of moving into your first home.

Whether it's an apartment, a condo or you're lucky enough to be able to buy your own home right out of college, there are some things that you need to do before you move in and start unpacking.

1. Change your address

The simplest and most obvious first step is one that most people forget about until after they've already been in their new home for weeks (or months) — change your address.

Changing your address is so easy, and you don't even have the leave the house to do it.

Just head to the Change of Address section of the USPS website to start mail forwarding to your new address. All it takes is six simple steps to change your address and a payment of $1.

Don't forget to also change your address with your:

  • Credit card companies
  • Subscription accounts
  • Utilities (if transferring)

USPS's mail forwarding will give you a little extra time to change your address with lenders, banks and other important accounts, so you won't miss important mail.

2. Clean the closets and cabinets

Before you start unloading your dishes into the cabinets and filling closets with your things, give these areas a quick cleaning.

Dust, dirt and who knows what else may be lurking in the cabinets and closets. Clean these forgotten areas before you start piling in plates and cups.

3. Check for leaks

If you purchased your home, the inspector should have ensured that the home was leak-free, but it's still important to check to give yourself peace of mind.

If you're renting, checking for leaks before you unpack can save you frustration later on. Better for you to discover a leak while the bathroom vanity is empty than after you've filled it with expensive products and tools.

"Plumbing is the most complicated system in the home — five to six times more likely to suffer damage from water than fire," says Absolute Plumbing and Drain. Checking for leaks will save you time and money in the long-run.

One way to check for leaks is to look at the water meter before you move in — when no one is using any water — and then check it again on move-in day. If everything is working properly, the reading should be exactly the same.

4. Change toilet seats

For fresher, cleaner bathrooms, swap out old toilet seats for new ones. If you have the budget, you may want to go with a detachable toilet seat. Nothing feels grosser than trying to scrub the seat hinges and feeling like they're never truly clean.

5. Check carbon monoxide and smoke detectors

Before you move into the home, test all carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. Bring a box of batteries with you when checking to swap out old ones if necessary.

Do not sleep a single night in your new home without checking these first.

6. Locate your shutoff valves and breaker box

Nothing is more frustrating than trying to figure out where the breaker box is in the dark. Look for your breaker box now — while you have electricity — to ensure that you know exactly where to go in a power outage.

And while you're at it, locate your water and gas shutoff valves. This way, if a pipe leaks and starts flooding your home, you know exactly where to go to shut off the valve.

Make sure that you tackle these simple tasks before you move into your new home. They will save you frustration and time come move-in.

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Saying Goodbye To Freshman Year

"High School goes by fast, but college goes by even faster."
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“High School goes by fast, but college goes by even faster”, we’ve all heard it and probably all ignored it as well. I mean time is time. It moves at the same pace no matter what you’re doing right?

Nope.

High School is over, I’m now a freshman in college and it’s April. I’m sitting here in my dorm looking at all my clothes, and bins thinking, how in the hell will this all fit in my car again? It is crazy, I need to be thinking about all of this now because there is one month of my freshman year left, just one.

All I can keep thinking is how? Wasn’t it just last week that I moved into my cozy room at the end of the hall, or just yesterday that I ran home to two hundred beautiful new sisters? As much as it seems like yesterday, it wasn’t.

It was almost eight months ago that I stepped onto this campus as a freshman, now it is my last four weeks and they are jam-packed. From formal to finals I am in the home stretch of my first year of college. I just registered for my classes next semester, and can’t get it through my head that I will soon be a sophomore.

While walking around campus I still catch myself thinking, wow I am really here. I am a college student, at a school, I fall more in love with every day. So, how can I be a sophomore now when I feel like I just got here?

Yes, I still have three amazing years of college ahead of me, and I can’t wait to see what those years have in store in for me. But, I just can’t help but feel a little sad that I won’t be a freshman anymore. I won’t be the youngest in my sorority family, I won’t be coming back to a dorm every night.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am stoked to live in an apartment next year with my absolute best friends. And you definitely could have heard me saying “I am so over this whole dorm thing” once or twice this semester, but now I can’t help but see all the things I’ll miss.

Freshman year is just unique. You get this giant clean slate, a fresh start. And it is just waiting to see what you’ll do with it. It truly is a year of firsts. My first failure, the first time being on my own, my first time not knowing anyone in my classes. Yes, that can all be a lot to take on, I was terrified at the start of the school year. But before I knew it, I had a routine, I had friends, I had a life here.

And this life surpassed all my expectations. I have a home away from home. I have friends that I know will be my bridesmaids some day. I have experiences that I’ll never forget.

Now as I head back home for the summer I couldn’t be more excited to be with my friends there and my family. But, I also couldn’t be sadder to leave my friends here, even if it’s only for three months because they’ve become another kind of family.

Despite leaving freshman year behind, we have so many more memories to make whether it’s doing the Seminole chop in Doak, coordinating our Halloween costumes, or just chilling at the house. We’ve all come so far this year, and I can’t wait to see just how far we go. So bring it on Sophomore year, I’m ready for ya.

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The 7 Best Pieces Of Advice I Have Been Given About Life

Some of the best advice I have been given over the years...

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There isn't a central theme among these pieces of advice or sayings. They are all just random things I have been told over the course of my life–especially in the last week. I find these 7 to be particularly helpful in various situations, and try to keep them in mind when I am in over my head.

1. "Don't be afraid to advocate for yourself because there is nobody who is going to help you more than you."

You are the #1 person who can help your own case. No one knows you as you do, therefore no one will be able to help you more than you can help yourself. A lot of things are mental, so once you can convince yourself that you deserve something (whatever it may be) you can convince anyone. Another saying goes along with this, on the flip side: "No one can diminish you but yourself." You are in control of your own self-perception, and you are very much capable of being your own worst enemy.

2. "Stand behind your reputation because you can never get it back."

My mom sent this to me the other day. Be who you are, and do it proudly. Especially with meeting people for the first time, you can never have a second chance at a first impression. That being said, if people view you in a bad light, figure out why that is and fix it. You may not be able to change someones initial thoughts of you, but you can change the way they view you after that.

3. "The best things in life happen unexpectedly."

"Life is what happens when you're busy making plans," also goes along with this. Trying to plan out every little detail of your life is only going to lead to disappointment. Sometimes you find the best things/what you're looking for when you're not actually looking. Just go through the motions and things will work out the way they are supposed to.

4. "Be proud of your accomplishments, no matter how small."

It's important to celebrate the little things. Did you go to class today? Good for you. Did you decide to drink water instead of a soda? That's awesome. How are you going to work up to doing bigger and better things if you don't have anywhere to start?

5. "Whatever you're stressing about now probably won't matter in five years."

As someone who is often eaten away by their own worry and anxiety, this is a mantra that I try to constantly remind myself. While it may seem like a big deal now, you need to keep in mind the bigger picture. Will it matter in 5 hours? 5 days? 5 months? And so on. If the answer is no to ANY of these questions, it's probably not worth beating yourself up over.

6. "Stop being the 'go to' person for someone you can't go to."

Someone tweeted that their pastor said this to them and the tweet went viral. A friend of mine sent it to me, and it really made me think. Something I have struggled with over the years is making excuses for people who don't show up for me when I am constantly there for them. This is a helpful reminder that if they aren't contributing to you and your life, you shouldn't have to bend over backward to help them out and be in their lives.

7. "Two wrongs don't make a right."

While this is often a saying that parents use on their young children, it is applicable to pretty much any stage of life. My parents, especially my dad, have constantly said this, whether it was in reference to fighting with my siblings or dealing with people at school. Even as a 20-year-old, I find myself saying this when I hear about arguments and problems people are having. Everyone wants to get even, to best those who hurt them. While it's important to stick up for yourself, it is also important to be the bigger person and not stoop to their level (and whatever else your parents told you in these situations).

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