Moving house is one of life’s bitter-sweet experiences. The combination of all that exhausting packing and organisation, blended with the anticipation and excitement of settling into your new place, is a truly unique life event. To make your house move a happy memory, rather than a nightmare you’d rather forget, follow these suggestions for essential tasks to complete before permanently crossing the threshold at your new address…
Better safe than sorry
You have no idea how many copies of the exterior keys to your new house may be lying around. Previous owners, maintenance crews, gardeners, babysitters, neighbours – there could be a long list of people with keys to your new front door. To be on the safe side and for complete peace of mind, change the exterior locks as soon as you can, either do it yourself or get a locksmith in to cover it. This new house is your territory, make it 100 per cent safe and securely yours by switching over the locks.
Move unwanted items
Have the previous owners left any unwanted gifts for you? Sometimes former occupiers leave large bulky items that they can’t move out, or they leave piles of junk in the garden. Whatever the type of stuff it is, it’s highly likely you won’t have a use for it. To make rubbish disappear quickly and efficiently, householders in London go to www.central-waste.co.uk for waste disposal services that operate around the clock. Simply give them a call, tell them what you want taking away and when – and they will arrive at your door at a specified time. At Skip It in London you will discover a hassle free service, no need for the complication of hiring a skip, simply ring them up and soon a team of rubbish removal professionals will be at your door to assist.
It’s always really nice to move in to a home that has been left clean and hygienic. However, it isn’t always the case and if your home could do with a bit of a deep clean, it’s best to do it before you move your family and furnishings in. If the previous residents had children or owned pets, there’s a good chance the house might not be pristine. You can either scrub, wash down and disinfect all surfaces yourself, or hire the services of a deep clean operator who can return the house to a super clean state. Shampooing carpets is another good idea to freshen up interiors and make the situation underfoot 100 per cent clean.
Paint it perfect
A simple trick to make a new house sparkle with freshness is to hit all the walls and ceilings with a new coat of paint. Whilst the house is an empty shell, access will be easy and your job will be quicker. For most efficient use of time select a pale, neutral colour that can be applied in all rooms – this will give a clean, uniformity to the house. You can experiment with dramatic colour schemes once you are settled, but at the beginning this complete white-wash approach provides the perfect clean slate for your new life.
Window treatments often get removed by previous owners. If you value your privacy, prioritise fitting new blinds, drapes or interior shutters. You will be unpacking crates late into the night with the electric lights burning – do you really want your new neighbours to see you having a total meltdown as you try and find the kettle? Cheap, semi-permanent roller blinds are often a good option in such circumstances, that said, if you measure up the windows beforehand, wooden interior shutters are increasingly becoming the first choice for home owners who value streamlined style, flexibility, easy-fitting and privacy.
Check things work
Whatever heating and/or cooling systems are in place at your new address, as soon as you can, make sure they are fully serviced. Worrying about the central heating breaking down is not the sort of headache you need when unpacking your life – so add this super-sensible task to your ‘to do’ list. If you are not sure which local maintenance contractors to approach for this, why not use it as the perfect excuse for knocking on your new neighbour’s door? They will probably be more than happy to recommend a local contractor and you can start on fostering warm relations with your new next door buddies.
In the rush and excitement of getting into your new place, don’t forget the important details that make all the difference between turning a house into a home.