Moving into a brand-new home is an exciting event, and you naturally expect everything to be perfect. Hopefully, it will be – but there are also a few things to be aware of to ensure that your move goes as smoothly as possible. Any move is stressful, especially if you are moving with kids or pets. Moving into a newly constructed home comes with some unique issues, and your involvement begins well before you move in.
Inspect the property
Before the big day, walk through the house with a professional inspector. This person will know what to look for when it comes to functionality and structural integrity, whether your home is new or old. Plan plenty of time for this walkthrough and make a list of anything the builder still needs to address. Do not close on the home until the builder has either corrected the problems or put it in writing that they will do so by a specified time. Of course, you may decide that there are some things you can either live with or fix yourself.
Plan your move
While you’re getting ready to relocate, get rid of as many unwanted or unused items as possible. You’ll move fewer boxes to your new home and spend less time packing and unpacking. Use a moving checklist (print it out or use an app) to make sure you don’t overlook anything. As you pack, label all your boxes clearly to make unpacking faster and easier. Pack heavy items in smaller boxes and make your bedding easy to find once you move – you may be exhausted at the end of a long day, and you’ll appreciate being able to make your bed quickly and easily. If you can, place building paper on the high-traffic areas of the floor in your new home before you start moving in.
On moving day, move the larger items in first and arrange them the way you want them. You can arrange smaller items and décor later. Consider having someone watch your children and pets for a few hours while you move and try moving your pets last so that they can get used to their new home after the noise and stress of the move itself is over. Be sure to keep your valuable items packed separately and securely.
Even if you complete your inspection before your move and your builder takes care of everything, you will still probably notice a few minor things once you relocate such as a door that sticks or a loose showerhead. Most things in your new home will still be under warranty. Enjoy the process of unpacking and getting settled into your beautiful new home. You may want to change the furniture arrangement in a few weeks once you become more familiar with the floor plan and the natural light. Also, take the time to get to know your new neighbors and your new area; help your kids make friends before school starts, if possible. Don’t forget to take plenty of pictures to help you remember these very early days in your new home!