If you haven’t moved in a while, or if this is your first time, understanding what to expect on your first move can be a real time saver. 

1) Get a to-do list ready

The first thing 

to expect on your first move is that there will be a lot of things to do in a short amount of time.

set up a to-do listBy getting a to-do list ready, oftentimes you’ll realize how much work is required from a move. By getting a list of things to do ready, it will help make moving day go a lot smoother.

2) Finding Moving Company

Another thing to expect on your first move is considering a moving company. Moving companies, like Hendra Moving, are experts in getting your items from your old home to your new home safely, quickly, and efficiently. You might not have enough space, have too many items to move, or pressed on time. This is where moving companies can be a really great investment.

If you choose to go with a moving company, consider writing a review after! By sharing feedback about your recent experience with a moving company, this will help others see your experience and help choose movers. Reviews can also help solve some disputes if you experienced some challenges with the moving company. 

3) Transferring/Connecting Utilities

During your first move, you might get carried away with making sure all your belongings get to your new home safe and sound. However, don’t forget the basic necessities like utilities before you move. By making sure that utilities such as electricity and internet are connected in your home before you move in, it’s one less thing to worry about when you’re done. This also helps with getting connectivity online just in case, as well as you can cook a nice and rewarding meal afterwards!

changing locks to exterior doors

4) Changing locks

One thing you might not expect to do on your first move is to change exterior locks. The previous homeowners would have given you all their copies, but what if they lent a key to their neighbours and never asked for it back? By changing your exterior locks, you can feel secure about your new home and ensure only your family has access to your house.

5) Check Electrical Box and Water Valve

Ensure that you’re familiar with where your main water valve and electrical box are in your new home in case of emergency. By identifying where these are, it will help you easily locate these in situations such as natural disasters or during renovations. 

6) Paint walls and ceilings

Before you move in, you might consider or even expect to change the interior of your home wall colours. It’s the perfect time to paint your new home before any furniture or boxes are in the way. Painting your new home before moving in helps you create your home the way you want it even before you unpack everything. There’s lots of paint companies out there, like Cloverdale Paint, that you can pick up a gallon or two and get painting. 

7) Prepare a first night move in kit

first night move in kitDuring your first (and future moves), it’s always a smart idea to get a first night move-in kit ready. To make the transition as seamless as possible, the box should contain a change of clothing, basic toiletries, toilet paper, pyjamas, towels, bed linen and any other essentials you may require, such as tea bags or a coffee plunger.

It’s often the little things that make us feel at home, and so having all these items in a readily accessible box will go a long way towards turning your moving-out frown upside down!

 

8) Planning for kids/petsplan a move around kids and pets

If you have kids or pets, you should consider how you can facilitate a move with them around. Kids and pets might get in the way when you’re moving and focusing on making sure they’re alright might make you lose focus. Ask a family friend or members to take care of the little ones.

As for pets, try to maintain their regular schedule leading up to moving day. When moving day starts, ensure that your pets are in a secluded area of your new home to help familiarize them with the environment and area. 

 

These are just some of the few things to expect on your first move. Moving day can be exciting, but we’re here to help you get the most of your first move!