Moving can be very stressful, but with a little planning and insight into what you need at your new home, you can get off to a great start.
Those of us in the moving profession suggest you make sure everything’s clean, safe, and in working order before you move in. In case you missed something, also be sure you have a list of trustworthy local plumbers, electricians, and painters.
Clean It Up
Whether your new Long Island home is brand new or over 50 years old, you’ll want to clean it up before you move in. You can pay a professional cleaning service or do it yourself, but by all means, make sure the carpeting, tile, and wood floors are clean before you move all of your things in. It’s a lot easier to clean flooring without having to move furniture, electronic equipment, and appliances.
Closet and cupboards are important too. You don’t want any messy, unpleasant surprises when you’re in the middle of unpacking your dishes or putting away your shoes. If you have time, this is the time to remove and replace old contact paper and install new closet systems so you’re cupboards and closets will be clean and neat from the get go.
Replacing toilet seats and cleaning heating vents is also a good idea. Dirt and dust accumulated over the years can be both unappealing and unhealthy. We also suggest checking and replacing the furnace filter just to be on the safe side.
Before you move your things into your new Long Island home is also a good time for making upgrades. Some interior designers suggest waiting to repaint a room until you’ve had a chance to arrange your furniture and can get a good sense of what you want it to look like; however, we think the ease of painting an empty room and pleasure of moving into a fresh, newly painted home outweigh the benefits of seeing it furnished before choosing colors.
In addition to painting, you should consider upgrading your electrical system. Perhaps you want additional outlets, switches, or lighting. Maybe you need to add GFIs, ceiling fans, or motion-activated lighting. Whatever the case, you or an electrician will be able to work much more efficiently in an empty house, and you won’t have to worry about moving furniture or covering your things to protect them.
Play It Safe
Making sure your new home is safe before you move in will also help make your transition less stressful. During the home inspection or shortly thereafter make a list of all the safety issues you need to take care of and become familiar with your circuit breaker box and main water valve in case you have to turn off the power in an emergency.
When purchasing things for your new home, don’t forget batteries for all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, a new fire extinguisher for the kitchen, and, if you have a second story, an escape ladder to keep near an accessible window. In addition, you’ll want to make sure you change the locks on all doors and install deadbolts, if possible.
Take Care of Business
In the hustle and bustle of planning a move, some important details can get overlooked. That’s why it’s a good idea to take care of what you can while you still have a little time. Remember to change your address with the post office, schedule the cancellation of utilities at your old address and start date at your new address, and set up internet and garbage service.
Of course, you should definitely make sure you’ve hired reputable Long Island movers and can get all of your questions answered and concerns addressed. Also make sure you can get the services you need and a written estimate for those services.
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