Moving into a new home can be both an exciting and stressful time. That’s why some careful planning and knowing exactly what you can do in advance is necessary. Before the big day arrives, check out our 7 tips for an easy move to your new townhome. These can help steer your moving process smoothly so you can focus on settling in and enjoying your new surroundings.
Set Up Your Utilities And Services
Before you move, you should call and cancel with all your current utility companies and services. Many companies require 30 days notice, so you should start this process well in advance. It’s also an appropriate time to immediately contact the new companies and services in your new townhome and get them set up in advance. That way you will have heat, water, electricity, and Internet ready for when you move into your new home.
Change Your Address
Another important task to finish before moving is to change your address. Call the post-office, visit the Ministry of Transportation, and contact your bank, insurance company, and any subscription-based businesses to update your information. It’s important also to update your family, close friends, and even neighbours with your new address, that way you won’t miss any important mail or bills that will need to be taken care of.
Make a Packing List
Packing is much easier and less stressful if you can organize the boxes by room and create an easy to read master list. This will allow you to properly label the boxes so you can find important documents or any items you may need before and after the move. And during the move, it will help the movers know which rooms to drop the boxes in so you don’t have to go hunting for boxes or be left moving heavy items yourself. This step is definitely a must for creating an easy move to your new townhome.
Review the HOA Regulations
Most townhomes will have a book of Homeowner Association rules and regulations. Make sure you review these before moving in so you know what is required of you as an owner of your townhome and what is permitted or not permitted so you can plan accordingly.
Check and Change the Locks
If you’re moving into a pre-used townhome, it’s always wise to change the locks. If it’s a brand-new construction, it’s best to check a day or two in advance that all the locks work with the keys the builders will leave you with. This way if there was any mistake, it can be rectified before your move in.
Do a Walk Through
Don’t skip out on the walkthrough before you close on your new townhome. This is when any last-minute repairs will be noted to be addressed. And before you move in, make sure to do a follow up on all the repairs. Many contracts only allow you to report any further repairs in a brief period, so make sure you pay attention to the deadline.
Throw a Party
Once your boxes are finally unpacked, and your home looks exactly as you like it, it’s now time to celebrate. And what better way than to throw a little housewarming party with all your friends and new neighbours to show off your new home?
For an easy move into your new townhome, take plenty of time to prepare in advance for all of the hiccups that can happen during the big day. And, don’t forget to take some time to celebrate when all of your hard work is done!