Things to Do Before You Move
When all of your belongings are safely tucked away in boxes and you’ve got the suitcases packed, you may think you’re totally ready to move. However, there are several important things that you may have forgotten to take care of.
To stay organized and cut down on stress, there are some essential tasks to handle before moving day rolls around. Here’s a checklist of things to do before you move so you can seamlessly transition into your new home:
- Patch and repaint where needed: If you put artwork or posters up on your walls, it’s time to take those down and store them for your new home. Remove any tacks, nails, or screws and patch the holes using some spackle. Then, paint over the patch to match the rest of the walls. This may also be a good time to repaint any walls you changed the color of, so they are back in their original state.
- Do some landscaping. It can be easy to forget about your yard, outdoor patio, or balcony. However, forgetting to do maintenance outdoors could result in fees from your landlord. You don’t have to go overboard – just be sure to pull any weeds, mow the lawn, and sweep your patio.
- Cancel your mail subscriptions. You don’t want to forget about any packages scheduled to arrive at your doorstep on a regular basis. Take some time to move any prescriptions or monthly subscriptions to your new address.
- Transfer your utilities. To avoid excess costs, it’s important to cancel old utilities, internet services, or other services associated with your house or apartment. For an easier transition, you can also take this opportunity to set up utilities for your new home.
- Change your address and forward your mail. Notifying the US Postal Service of your new address can prevent your mail from arriving at the wrong place. You can also set a date for them to begin forwarding your mail to your new address.
- Notify others about your address change. It’s important for insurance providers, banks, and the DMV to have your correct address on file. It may also be useful to switch any online accounts, like Amazon, to your new address.
- Arrange an inspection with your landlord. Having your landlord perform an inspection before you move can help you avoid cleaning or repair fees later on. During the inspection, you can make sure there isn’t anything else you need to do to get your deposit back.
These are just a few tips for a smooth transition into your new home. For more information on moving and renting, visit our blog or contact us today! Serving all of Clark County, WA for over 30 years, Zenith Properties NW can answer all of your questions.