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The Movers.com Blog » Blog Archive » Important Advice for First-Time Homeowners

Important Advice for First-Time Homeowners

If you’re getting ready to move and you’re nervous because you’ve never ventured out into the uncertain world of moving, there’s a good chance that you might forget a few things, not because you’re not prepared enough, but simply because the stress and controlled chaos of moving out can cause you to overlook some things if you’ve never been down that road before.

As obvious as some of these things may be, they are often overlooked by first-time movers and can end up playing a very important part in helping your move go as smoothly as possible and allowing you to settle in to your new home comfortably.

The first important thing to remember is to make sure that everything in your new house works before signing your lease or mortgage papers. Appearances can often be deceiving, and although you may initially be enamored with outwardly appearance of a certain home, you must not forget to make sure that everything works the way it is supposed to. Sometimes, the excitement of purchasing a new home can overwhelm you and make you forget about important things, like whether or not the heater or the plumbing works. Instead of picturing where your couch is going to go in the new living room, check on the important stuff first, to make sure that you don’t turn on the water for your first shower in your new home and watch dust come out of the pipes.

The next thing to remember is to sign over the utilities into your name before you move. You might be too caught up in the excitement of the move to remember to have the water and the electricity bills put under your name, and that excitement will quickly be dampened on your move-in day when you walk into your new house and realize that you don’t have any power. You’ll be sitting around the dining room table playing Scrabble by candlelight on your first night simply because you overlooked one key facet of your transition. While I’m not saying that playing Scrabble by candlelight can’t be fun, wouldn’t you rather be watching TV? Breaking Bad is on!

Last, but not least, is another thing that a lot of people overlook when they first move into their new home: forgetting to bring the necessary comforts of home. Sometimes, on your first night in the new home, you won’t have everything completely unpacked and moved in yet. Maybe you have another truck load of furniture coming from storage tomorrow, or maybe you’re just too exhausted to unpack everything and you’re just ready to crash and call it a day. But what happens when you go to take a shower and you realize you have no towels? Or what about laying down in bed to go to sleep and you realize you’re missing pillows and a blanket? That’s why it’s important to remember to clearly mark the box that holds the towels, blankets and pillows so that you can easily find it and unpack it when you move in to your new house.

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