Before the movers arrive with your belongings, there are some things you can do to get your home ready for everyday living. In fact, a little preparation can go a long way in making your new home safe and enjoyable.

  1. Change the locks on the doors. For peace of mind and an added sense of security, schedule a locksmith to change the locks on all your doors. Or, if you’re handy with a screwdriver, you can do it yourself. It’s also a good idea to change garage door and security system codes.
  2. Give the entire house a deep clean. Whether you hire a cleaning service or do it yourself, your home will feel more like yours once it’s been thoroughly cleaned from top to bottom.
  3. Paint the walls. A splash of color here and there can really add some “Wow!” to your walls – just be sure to do it before the movers fill those rooms with boxes and furniture. An empty room is much easier to paint than a full one!
  4. Set up your Internet connection. While the movers are unloading, you can check emails, get work done, and catch up with friends on your favorite social media site.
  5. Pest-proof. Call a pest-removal service to spray for bugs and termites. While you can also do this after you settle in, it may be easier to treat your home before your belongings arrive.
  6. Inspect your home. Take a look at appliances, heating/cooling systems, drains, faucets, light switches, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, etc. for any repairs or replacements that need to be made by you or a professional.
  7. Identify important places in your home. Locate the main circuit, the main water valve, smoke detectors, etc., and make sure everything is working properly. Also identify emergency exits and where to change your HVAC air filter.
  8. Child-proof. If you have children, you know the importance of making your home the safest place possible. Cover electrical outlets, install safety latches and toilet locks, use doorknob covers, add edge bumpers if necessary, set the hot water temperature, fasten windows, etc. to keep your children safe inside.
  9. Complete necessary renovations. Want to switch from carpet to hardwood? What about removing that popcorn celling? If possible, do any renovations – big or small – before you get settled.
  10. Weather-proof. Check doors and windows to see if they are properly sealed. If you can see air gaps, the door or window may need new sealing. The tighter the seal, the more you save on your utility bill.

Take care of these tasks and then you’ll be ready to move in and enjoy your new home!

Christina Williams is an expert on all things moving and is a writer for MoveBuilder, a moving service specializing in long-distance corporate relocation moves.