Moving into a newly built home can be super exciting and fun. As the house is newly built, you can design, decorate and furnish it the way you like. You can customize all the space, create a functional and efficient layout, and put in the most advanced home and kitchen appliances. From smart furniture to kitchen appliances, upholstery to furnishing, you can customize and set it up the way you want. And that’s why it’s fun and exciting for you to move into a newly built home. However, the process of moving into a newly built home can be challenging and overwhelming in most of the cases.
When you move to a fully or partly furnished home, you have to deal with just a few things. You just have to take a few of the essential things needed to set up a house and start living comfortably. However, when you are moving into a newly constructed house, which is not yet furnished, you have to deal with an extra set of challenges. These challenges may be different from the ones you face while moving into a semi or fully furnished house.
But as I said, moving into a newly built house can be equally exciting. If you are planning to move into a newly built house and you are wondering about how to get it right then I have got you covered. Today in this post, I am sharing some of the best tips for moving into a newly built home. By considering some of these hacks, you can easily make your move easy and convenient.
Things to do when moving into a newly built home
As I said, it’s always fun and exciting to move into a newly constructed house, especially if the new house is bigger and better than your current house. You are going to have plenty of spaces, multiple rooms, and an awesome neighborhood and enjoy many other benefits.
But, before moving you have to inspect and set up your newly constructed house properly. And you can use this easy to follow checklist of things to do when moving into a newly constructed house and simply the entire moving process.
So, are you ready?
Here we go.
Inspect the property
Although you might have visited the property before deciding to move in, you must conduct one final home inspection. The idea of the final home inspection is to closely look at everything and ensure that everything is as expected. The final inspection should help to find any minor maintenance issue that needs to be rectified before you move in.
So, while inspecting the property, you should pay attention to every little detail. Some of the key things to inspect can be:
- Electrical switches
- Water taps
- Leakage in the washroom or kitchen
- Ceiling, floors, wall and tiles
You should inspect each and everything minutely, because it’ll be easier for you to find any flaws upfront and then get it rectified. You may like to note and possibly take photographs of any of the flaws you may find in the property.
While going for the final inspection of the property, you may like to take a professional property inspector or a family member with you. It’ll help in the process, because when you are alone, you may just overlook an issue.
Rectify any known flaws
After inspecting the property, if there is anything that needs to be fixed or repaired then get that fixed and corrected before moving. If it’s your own property, then you can hire a professional technician or a handyman to get these issues fixed and sorted. However, if you are renting out this property, then you must inform the property owner and ask them to get these flaws fixed before you move.
It’s easier and better to get maintenance work done before moving into a newly built house. And when you know what is to be fixed, it makes sense to get it fixed and make the house ready to move in.
Ensure that the house is ready to move
Before moving into my newly built house, I was staying at a rented house. I terminated the lease assuming that my new house will be ready by the time my lease expires. But, due to continuous rain, the final painting work got delayed. And I was forced to move to my newly built house while the paint job was still on.
This happens most often. And this can become the worst nightmare during the move. So, before freezing the move date, make sure that the property is ready for moving in. If there is any ongoing work, then plan your move accordingly. Also, keep a few buffer days in hand; so that even though it takes a couple of extra days to make the house ready to move, you won’t have to worry.
Do space planning and floor layout
Proper space planning and correct floor layout goes the long way. Before moving into your newly constructed hose, you should ideally plan the entire space in your newly constructed home. Unless you take the measurements, you may not be able to decide which layout will be efficient, functional and comfortable for your new house.
So, measure the entire space including the living hall, hallways, kitchen, bedrooms etc. The next step is to make a floor layout to know where to place the existing furniture, home appliances etc. In fact, you can try making multiple layouts on paper to get the best and most functional floor layout.
Finalize the list of possessions to move
As you plan the space in your new house, you can easily visualize how and where to pair your existing household goods and furniture. There may be a few old household items that won’t fit well in your newly constructed house. If there’s any item that does not fit correctly in your new house, then it is better to get rid of it. You can sell these household items or give it away to the charities. And then you will be left with the household items that you want to bring to your new home.
Find movers and schedule the move
Packing and moving can be complicated, especially when you are moving a big size house with plenty of used household goods. Thankfully, the professional moving services can help with packing and moving. So, talk to a few of the moving service providers near you and request for the quotations.
To be on the safer side, you should get quotations from two or three house removal companies. Share them the list of possessions, or schedule a free home inspection to avoid any pricing dispute or confusion.
And when you are ready to choose a moving company, just check their availability for the day you want to move. If they are available, you should book them in advance and start preparing for the move.
Unpacking after moving into your new house
Finally, the movers will arrive on move day and start packing. Usually, they can pack and load and move everything in one day, unless you are moving to a different state. Once your goods arrive in your new home, you can start unpacking.
Unpacking is going to be equally tiring, so do not rush and try to unpack all the boxes in one go. Start unpacking the most important items like the items for your kitchen, then the bedrooms and then living rooms. Arrange everything as per the floor layout you created to make your new house look good, functional and comfortable for living.
Take care of furnishing
As you have a clear layout of the house and you know how you are going to use the space, it’s time to take care of home furnishing. Quickly make a list of all the items you may need like curtains, rugs, flower pots, decorative light etc.
What are the pros and cons of moving into a newly constructed house?
There are many advantages of living in a brand new house, where no one has left before. However, before you get over excited with this thought, you should get your expectations right. Because, there are some cons as well, that you must consider before the move.
Listed below are a few of the great benefits and drawbacks of moving into brand new construction.
You can get it customized to your needs
Since it’s a newly constructed house, you can easily get all the customizations done to the house. From choosing the color of the wall paints to flooring materials, bath fittings to lighting, you can most likely get it all customized to meet your lifestyle and taste.
Lower maintenance cost for few months
Property maintenance costs go higher as the property becomes older. As you are moving into a brand new house where no one has even lived earlier, you can save a lot of money for a few years due to no or minimal maintenance. As the house is new, there will be no or very minimum requirements of any sort of maintenance.
Higher initial investment
The only drawback to moving into a newly constructed house is that you have to spend extra money in setting up the house. As no one has left in the house, you will have to purchase and install many of the essential household and furnishing items to make the house ready for living comfortably. From curtains to bath fittings, modular kitchen to essential appliances like air conditioning system, geyser, fan, lighting etc can cost a lot.
Over to you
Moving and relocating to a new house can be tedious and complicated. And when you are moving into a newly built house, you will have many more challenges. For instance, you have to inspect the house and get minor defects and flaws sorted before moving. You have to ensure that the house you are moving into is ready for living. Then you have to measure space and make floor plans and then check which household possessions you can move from your current house.
There is so much to do even before you contact a moving company and schedule the move. We have discussed all these challenges and how to tackle it all in detail in today’s post. What else do you think one should consider doing when moving into a newly constructed home?
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Happy home relocation!