Posted on 30th September 2022

A Checklist of Things to Do Before Moving into a New House

You’ve finally bought or built a new house for your family. Many people think that moving into a new house entails packing and unpacking, but much more is needed to make your house habitable. If you are moving into an old home, you need to do a deep cleaning of all the rooms, high and low, clean the vents and replace all the parts of the house that are worn out, such as filters, smoke, and carbon detectors.

Things You Must Do Before Moving into a New House

If you are moving to a new house, consider everything discussed to make your move successful.

Pump The Septic Tank
A septic tank is vital for every household; you must inspect it before moving into a new house. This is often a part of a house inspection that many overlooks, and some homeowners don’t know how often they need to pump the septic tank. A failing septic tank poses health risks to the family as it can seep into the groundwater, leading to disease outbreaks. So have an expert inspect the septic tank and when it was last pumped.

After ensuring everything is as it should be, it’s time to deep clean your house. Remember, when cleaning each room, you should start from the ceiling, walls, and floor. If it’s a mansion, you should start at the top going down.

The whole house
You must clean the whole house from the attic, bedrooms, living room, kitchen, pantry, bathrooms, garage, and other spaces. The kitchen has the most work, as you would have to clean the pantry, the shelves, and all the appliances that come with it, including the stovetop, fridge, oven, dishwasher, and sink. And don’t forget the handles used to open these appliances.

When cleaning the bathroom, disinfect and apply an antibacterial spray to eliminate all the germs. Use a sanitizer to wipe surfaces, including toilet paper holders, faucets, door handles, and light switches. And if it’s an old house, replacing the toilet seats with new ones would be best.

While washing the house, don’t forget to clean the windows, doors, and closets, as they are mostly overlooked.

The air conditioner condensers and evaporators
The air conditioner and evaporators correct a lot of dirt and might cause ailments if they are not cleaned regularly. So, before moving into your house, contract experts to come clean and conduct maintenance. After they have been thoroughly cleaned, clear out the nearby bushes, and trim the trees & grass.

Setting Up all the Utilities
You should also ensure that all your utilities are set up and ready for use before moving. This includes ensuring that the water runs smoothly, the gas works, and your electricity is paid for and working. Remember to check the heating and cooling systems and ensure they work seamlessly.

In an era where the internet is a must, you must ensure that your WiFi is set up and that all your charging stations for your gadgets are in accessible locations. You must set up a pick location and date with local waste management for garbage collection.

Replacing the Furnace Filter
You need clean and fresh air in your house, so replace the furnace filter before moving. This ensures that your heating and cooling system continues working without any hindrances. And make it a monthly habit.

Setting Up a Security System
You would feel safer knowing you have a security system in your house. You can install CCTV cameras, motion detectors, smart doorbells, or have your house outfitted with an overall home security system that will notify the security company and the police of any break-ins. You can also integrate the system with your phone to check in regularly to ensure everything is okay. This is most helpful if you have children.

Final Thoughts

Moving to a new and bigger house is the best thing you can do for your family. But before making the actual move, you must ensure that your home is ready by doing inspections, deep cleaning, replacing and repairing the worn-out parts, and ensuring all the utilities are working seamlessly.