What essentials do you need for a new home?
For a full checklist of home essentials, see the lists we feature on this page! However, aside from products, it is essential that you:
- Setup wifi & utilities on or before the date you move in.
- Changed your mailing address — you don’t want anything going to your old place!
- Confirmed all the smoke detectors are working.
- Had a pest control company come check your place to make sure everything is okay.
- Change the locks, the old owner should not have access to your new home.
How do I prepare for Moving?
My biggest piece of advice when it comes to preparing to move…is to start earlier than you think. I recommend beginning around 8 weeks before your move in date. This will give you plenty of time to start sorting through your belongings so you can donate what you don’t need before you move on to your next adventure.
Additionally, I would begin packing up the items you need, but don’t see yourself using in the near future. Think holiday decorations, costumes, decorative home decor pieces, and just about anything non-essential. Your future self will thank you when it’s a week before moving day and you have to tackle organizing your kitchen.
What should I do a week before moving?
The week before you move to a new home is a big week! It always seems like there is never enough time to get everything done that you need. However, a week before moving, I would first confirm that everything is set to go with the movers. You want to make sure they have you booked and are ready to go.
Next, I would begin packing a bag of everything you will need to survive while the majority of your belongings are boxed up. Pack leisure clothes, your toiletries, technology essentials, medicine, and anything else you can’t live without!
For a full timeline of what to do before the big move, see Move.org’s complete checklist.