Congratulations! Purchasing a new home is an exhilarating experience, and there will be plenty of things on your to-do list from here forward. While you may be ready to start moving furniture immediately, there are at least five things you should do between your closing date and move-in date.
Arrange your utilities – Call ahead to arrange a time for your cable, internet and power to be turned on or installed. It could take a couple of weeks for someone to arrange a time to come to your home, so doing this early will ensure everything is active when you are ready to move in.
Update your contact information – Change your address online with creditors, financial institutions, schools and publications. While updating your address at the post office is necessary to have your mail forwarded, you want to make sure your correct address is on file in other important places, too. Also, consider sending out an email to family and friends with your new contact information.
Change the locks to the home – When you are handed the keys at closing, remember that you don’t know how many people have keys to your home. By changing the locks before you move in, you are ensuring that you are the only person with access.
Try deep cleaning – Give the house a good cleaning while empty if the previous owners haven’t. There is no better time to steam clean carpets and clean hardwood floors than before the furniture arrives.
Paint – Avoid stress by finishing up painting projects before you move in. It is the perfect time to paint or touch up rooms when the house is empty. This task will be much more daunting after the move because you will have to work around furniture.
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