Congratulations! You’ve bought a new house and it’s time to make a move. Don’t let moving intimidate you though, you’ve already covered the most difficult part – the purchase of your brand new home J.
Use our New Homeowners Checklist to make it easier for you to complete your move and get ready to live in your new house.
Before Moving Day
It is important to take care of some basic essentials before you move. These include:
- Utilities: Make sure utilities are running and available. You might have to get connections converted to your name so that you don’t have to spend a day without access to these utilities. Here’s a list of the ones you’ll likely need to setup:
- Electricity – https://www.jpsco.com/jps-home/applying-for-service
- Water – https://www.nwcjamaica.com/ApplicationForServiceNew.php
- Internet & Cable
- Repairs: Make sure everything from piping to windows is in fine condition so that you don’t have to get into any trouble once you move in.
- Mailbox/Numbering: Double check that your home is properly numbered and that your mailbox is in good order. Then, remember to update important services with your new address, like your bank and investment account providers.
- Trash Bags: You’ll need lots of these as you organize yourself during the move, especially as moving can give you the opportunity for some good spring cleaning
- Security: Take care of the following:
- Locks: Don’t trust old locks. Get them replaced so you can sleep without worries. You can’t be sure who has access to your home.
- Cameras: Install a reliable security system so you can keep an eye on your home.
- Windows: Make sure all windows and entry points are well taken care of.
- Safe: Get a safe to keep your important goods safe. You’ll have handymen and neighbors coming to your place, it’s important to take steps to keep your valuables protected.
- Flashlight: Keep a flashlight with batteries so you can enter every corner without any worries.
- First Aid Kit: Accidents can happen during the move. Hence, keep a basic first aid kit so that you’re safe.
- Fence: You might need a fence if you have kids so consider this option.
- Light Bulbs: Don’t trust old bulbs, they might give up without a warning. So, keep some handy.
As an added bonus, you could use the moving opportunity to upgrade your home to a Smart Home. Consider making your house smart by introducing devices connected to the internet. These include:
- A thermometer
- Air conditioning controllers
- Smart Plugs
Bathroom and Toilet
According to reports, the average person spends about half an hour per day in the bathroom. This is why it’s considered one of the most important parts of your home, hence pay special attention to it and take care of the following:
- Shower curtain
- Shower caddy
- Curtain rod and hanging rings
- Hand soap
- Toothbrush holder
- Bathroom scale
- Bath mats
- Towels and hooks
- Air freshener
- Trash cans and bags
- Toilet brush
- Toilet Paper
Remember, the bathroom floor should always be neat, safe, and not slippery. Also, double check that the toilet seats are in good condition.
Everyone knows that the kitchen is the heart of the house, so ensure you have the following in your kitchen:
- Silverware including knives, sets, and organizer
- Dishware including plates, bowls, glasses, serving platters and mugs
- Utensils including whisks, tongs, ladles, skimmers, and spatulas
- Cutting board
- Baking sheets
- Pans and pots
- Utensil holder
- Measuring cups
- Bottle opener
In addition to this, invest in quality appliances such as a pressure cooker, microwave oven, refrigerator, coffee maker, kettle, blender, etc.
Moreover, keep a medium-sized trash bin and paper towels handy so that the kitchen is always clean.
Living Room and Bedrooms
Most people will judge your new house based on the living room and bedrooms so take care of the following:
- Television and accessories including sound bar and speaker system
- Lighting, fans, AC, etc.
- Furniture including coffee tables, coasters, couches, TV stands, etc.
- Bed frame and mattress
- Dining table
You’ll need to keep your new home clean so make sure to have these cleaning essentials on hand:
- Vacuum cleaner
- Trash can
- Cleaning supplies, such as bleach, disinfectant, etc
There can be a lot more items added to this list based on your needs and lifestyle, so plan accordingly.
Finally, waste no time and get reliable home insurance right away.
Make sure to get in touch with a reliable insurance provider like us at IronRock J. We offer comprehensive home insurance that includes third-party liability coverage and comes with additional benefits like accidental damage, coverage for alternative accommodations if your home is damaged, and much more.
Our Home Insurance Policy will ensure that you are protected from financial losses arising from damage caused by Acts of God as well as other accidents occurring in and around your new home. Call us today to learn more or to get a quote.