Getting a new place to live is always a big deal. You spend days (or even weeks) looking for the perfect house or an apartment, and it often seems like you’ll never be able to find it. When you finally realize that you’ve found the place you will be able to call home, that is when the fun starts. Before you unpack and start arranging your collection of video games on shelves, there are a few things you should keep in mind.
Clean and clear
Before you leave your old place for good, do your best to leave it clean and neat. On the other hand, your new place should also be in tidy and your landlord should make sure that all things are in proper order. Still, don’t rely too much on others to do the ‘dirty work’ and be prepared to clean your new place thoroughly. This is always a job for more than one person, so ask friends and family members to help you out. After you’re done, order pizza and have a drink together, it will make you feel more comfortable in your new place.
Check your appliances
In case you are moving your major appliances with you, as soon as you get them check to see if they’re working. Appliances such as a dishwasher, washer, dryer and a stove can get damaged during the move, so even if they don’t look damaged or broken you should try to see if they’re working properly. This is one of the reasons why it’s wise that you, yourself prepare appliances for the move.
Kitchen and bathroom checks
Before you even think about moving in, go through the house and flush every toilet to check if the plumbing works properly. Look under the kitchen and bathroom sinks to see if there are any drips, leaks, strange odors or water-caused discolorations. Also don’t forget to check the cabinets in the kitchen and try to see whether there are any mouse or roach droppings.
Make sure your things get there safely
If you don’t have a lot of boxes, you can handle everything by yourself, even if it takes you a couple of trips. On the other hand, if you have to move a ton of boxes, some furniture and a pet, you might need a helping hand. Unless one of your friends actually owns a truck and is willing to lend it to you, you can always opt for truck rental. You can hire a truck for a day and move all your things without much fuss and complications.
Pack a ‘survival box’
So-called ‘survival boxes’ should contain all the necessary items that you use on a daily basis, along with all the things you need in order to finish the last moving preparations on the last day of staying in your old home. This box should include essential hygiene items such as hand and dish soap, toilet paper and paper towels, towels, toothbrush, toothpaste and other bathroom essentials. You can also pack bed linens, medications, snacks and drinks to eat and drink when you arrive, as well as some basic tools just in case (scissors, a flashlight, a can- and a bottle-opener, etc). Make sure you have this box with you at all times and that it’s the first thing you bring into your new place.
Moving is never carefree or fun; there is simply too much stress and responsibility. However, moving is also a chance to grow, to move out of your comfort zone and learn something new about yourself. You can see this as an opportunity to move your boundaries, and try to make the most of it – have fun and try not to worry too much about little things.
May 31, 2017