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4 Ways to Prepare for Moving to a New House

Moving houses can be quite stressful. Not only are you changing your living environment, you have to take your old one with you. There is a mountain of costs associated with moving and this is why you have to be careful with details or else you could end up paying even more. Get a pen and paper ready because there’s a lot of ground to cover. Everything from financials to the actual act of moving has to be done with care. If you’re sloppy you won’t be satisfied with the end results. Here are some things to watch out for.

1. Transferring Utilities

Utilities aren’t something you give a lot of thought to when moving, but you really should. Most people will be lazy and forget about transferring their utilities until they’ve already moved into their new home. Protocol dictates that you should contact the utility company some time ahead in order to schedule your disconnect. A couple of weeks should do the trick.

While you’re still on the phone with them regarding the disconnect, might as well schedule a new connection with your new home. Get two birds with one stone, as they say. Your internet provider has to be contacted regarding your change of address. It’s less complicated than heating and electricity, but you have to inform them in time so nothing goes wrong.

2. Checking Out the New Home Thoroughly

Purchasing a new home can set some unrealistic expectations in people’s minds. The home you thought was perfect might not be, which is why you need to inspect it before actually moving in. While the moving company is busy with moving your things, there are some things to look out for. Plumbing is one of the big issues. Check if there’s a proper supply of warm water and if the toilets work. Dripping faucets might seem naïve, but they can cost you a lot in the long run.

The attic is another big one to look out for. The quality of the roof is of the utmost importance. Any issues with the roof can manifest themselves with mould from humidity and heat leakage. You don’t want to lose more money on your heating bill so be careful when purchasing new homes

3. Getting Rid of Clutter

When you’re moving, you’ll instinctively think of all the useful things you have to move. Hardly anyone pays any mind to the unwanted clutter left over. This has to be taken care of as well. Stuff that lays around unused for years isn’t something you want in your new home, so it’s best to go and get rid of it.

Garages are usually where you’ll find a lot of stuff like this. Removing these unnecessary items isn’t always easy, sometimes they’re very large or they have an unusual shape that makes it difficult to transport them. They could also have spikes or sharp edges that you have to watch out for. You could always get some skip bins to ease the job, or you could even hire professional movers. When it comes to waste disposal, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

4. Reserving a Storage Unit

Moving isn’t just a difficult process, it’s also going to take a lot of time to complete. During this time, you have to have somewhere to put your stuff. Your old house might not be available for a variety of reasons, which is why an alternative has to be found. Most people opt for using a storage unit to keep their things safe. They are well protected and will do the job just fine.

Being too slow can cost you a bit, though. Don’t wait until the last minute to reserve your own little storage unit, or you could run into some issues. They could all be full or only expensive ones could be left. Remember to research local storage facilities in order to place your items in there on time. A self-serve storage unit might be the ideal choice. When you find a suitable facility, check their reviews for any red flags. Your storage unit should have the best protection money can offer so you don’t lose any of your precious items.


Moving is a whole heap of stress, but it is very manageable with the right kind of attitude. Just watch out for some specific things and you should be a shoo-in for a good moving party. Whether or not the house itself is up to your standards depends on your purchase, but moving should be a breeze if you follow some of these tips.

Patrick Adams

Patrick Adams is a freelance writer and rock-blues fan. When he is not writing about home improvement, he loves to play chess, watch basketball, and play his guitar. More than anything, he loves to spend his time in his garage, repairing appliances and creating stuff from wood.