The prospect of moving houses may not seem like fun, but once your house is all set up and ready for you, it’s a new beginning for you. Ever since I left my home town, I must have changed my apartment close to 8 times. For folks who have been at home till now, this might sound scary. It hasn’t always been easy, but it sure has taught me a lot. Ever time I have moved apartments, the first thing I have cursed myself for is the amount of things I have accumulated over time. One of the times I moved, I had about three suitcases and roughly 27 bags to accommodate my belongings. Another time, I completely forgot about one suitcase and to this day, I have no clue where that went.
It’s easy to be overwhelmed by shifting, and hence, here’s a list of top 10 things you should be doing when you move into a new place:
10. Get a WiFi connection in advance: It often takes a week to open a new account and get a WiFi connection. Hence, if you want to have a functioning WiFi connection when you move into a new place, that’s not going to happen if you call your service provider only once you move in. Do it a week in advance and you won’t have to feel frustrated about having no WiFi once you move in.
9. Keep your warranty papers carefully: You may have bought new appliances for your apartment depending on the level of furnishing your apartment had. If that’s the case, make sure to keep all warranty papers carefully in one file, and to make a note of the servicing which needs to be done at regular intervals. If you have digital receipts, ensure to keep them stored in a folder on your laptop.
8. Assign responsibilities: In case you’re staying with other flat-mates, or your partner, ensure to distribute responsibilities so that you don’t feel burdened by too many household chores later. These could be things like doing laundry, ordering groceries etc. When you move in initially, usually one person tends to take responsibility for most things, but after some time, that person won’t be happy doing everything. Even if you’re moving in with your partner, do understand that responsibilities are responsibilities. And, if you don’t talk about these things in the beginning, they’re going to create issues later.
7. Make a note of all the items provided by your landlord if it’s a rented place: Some of the items in your flat would have been provided by your landlord if you’re renting a place. Ensure to make a note of the items, so that you don’t need to pay for damages later. It’s quite natural to forget the sofa isn’t yours when you’re having a party and you spill food or drinks on it. However, your landlord won’t be too kind about such things.
6. Get duplicate keys made for door locks: This one’s important, especially if you’re staying with other people. Make sure that everyone has duplicate keys, so that you don’t need to accommodate other peoples’ schedules. It’s important to keep a duplicate set for yourself as well, as you never know when you may misplace your set of keys.
5. Make a note of the dates by which bills need to be paid: You’re going to be making multiple payments each month. These include electricity, internet and other utility bills. You would also need to be transferring the rent per month. It’s important to keep a note of the deadlines for bill payments so that you’re not left wondering why the electricity has been cut off when you’re home after a long day at work. If you’re staying with others, it’s also good to distribute payment responsibilities among everyone, so that you don’t feel burdened by responsibilities. It’s good to track all central expenses using an app (have always used Splitwise) as it’s the most transparent and efficient way to settle up.
4. Inspect your house carefully: Well, I’m terrified of insects and my worst nightmare is moving into a house, and not knowing that there’s some sort of infestation. Ideally you should be checking for this before you move in, but in case you have moved in and realized that there’s some sort of pest infestation, contact pest control immediately.
3. Change your address on official accounts: All your bank accounts, phone accounts and other such accounts will be linked to your old address. In case you don’t want official documents getting sent to some other old address, make sure to change your address on such accounts. The official addresses on such accounts can also serve as valid address proofs in case you need to provide proof of your current place of residence.
2. Locate nearby facilities: Locate places which you will need to frequent once you move to a new neighborhood. This could be the grocery store you need to rush to when you need something essential and you can’t order and get it delivered immediately. Locate the nearest medical store as well, along with the nearest hospital so that you know where to go in case there’s an emergency. It’s also good to identify a good neighborhood doctor and dentist for your health check-ups.
1. Throw a housewarming party: Well, moving houses is the start of something new and the start of another great experience. And, once all the tedious responsibilities are taken care of, it’s time to relax and enjoy yourself. Throw a party for your family and friends and let them know what you’re new address is going to be!