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Everything You Should Know About Moving Into Your First Home

We all know that moving can be stressful—even more so if you don’t plan for what’s coming. But how can you plan for something you’ve never done? Here are our best tips for moving into your first home, so you can be prepared for the unexpected during moving.

Planning for unexpected moving expenses

Naturally, you’ve prepared to pay your movers (or treat your friends to lots of pizza and beer, whatever works!) but there are some moving expenses that first-timers often forget:

Unusual utility costs and fees – Sometimes moving into a new place, especially if it’s in a new city or state, will mean fairly large deposits for utilities. If you’re going from an apartment to a house you may have new bills for the garbage and sewer, for example. Also, how you heat a home changes from place to place. Will you have a furnace? A radiator? Will you need propane, oil, firewood, or anything else? Make sure you know before you’re hitting the road.

Insurance surprises – Needless to say, surprises from your insurance company are never fun. You probably already know that your renter’s or homeowner’s insurance costs will likely change when you move, but did you know that your car insurance, your life insurance, and sometimes even your health insurance rates might also change along with your address? Find out well in advance so your first bill in your new place isn’t a shock.

Storage – Often when you move you discover you have a lot less space than you imagined. If so, you’ll need to invest in some storage until you figure out what to do with your stuff.  For your own sanity, know where the storage options are, and how much they cost so you can make a quick decision if needed.

New stuff – We’ve all been there: that old, rickety table collapses on the way out to the moving truck and gets left on the curb. Despite your best efforts, items get ruined in the move. Be ready to replace things that might be too old or in too poor a state for your new place. Cut these costs considerably by renting things like furniture or appliances initially.


Once you take possession before your stuff is inside

Congratulations, you made it! You’re halfway there. But before you start moving in, take steps to stay on the safe side:

Change the locks – No matter what, always do this immediately.

Find out where key infrastructure is – Get acquainted with the main water valve, the circuit breaker, the hot water heater, and the thermostat. Find out where everything is for those times you might need to be relighting a pilot light, or checking to see if a breaker was tripped.

Look for plumbing problems – Even if you had a home inspection, double check. Look for running toilets, dripping faucets, and any signs of leaks around the water heater.

Pest control – Not everyone does this, but it can be a good idea—especially if your place has been vacant for awhile (or if previous tenants were slobs)—to schedule a visit from pest control.

Steam the carpets – If you’ve got carpets, steam clean them before you move in, even if they look perfect. You’d be surprised what can get trapped in there.


Moving day and beyond

As you’re finally moving into your new place, enjoy the excitement! This is a big deal. Here are some final pointers to ease the way:

Drawers – To save time and effort, tightly fold your clothing and keep it in your drawers. You can pull the drawers themselves out of the furniture’s frame to carry to the truck, and then replace them for the ride.

Cleaning supplies – Even if your new place has been professionally cleaned, it’s pretty much guaranteed that you’ll need to clean something up on moving day. Keep cleaning supplies handy so you don’t have to dig through things or make a frustrating trip to the store.

Keep a lid on your buying – It’s a lot of fun to shop for a new place and it’s even easier to get caught up in the excitement of the move, but don’t buy everything at once. Ease into it, and remember that you can save a lot of money—not to mention try out a new style—by renting furniture in your new place until you’re really ready to buy.

Extra cash – Remember, most people end up ordering out a lot for at least the whole week of their move. Be ready with some extra cash set aside for this so you don’t worry about ordering out, and enjoy your take-out pizza in peace.

Get out your welcome mat! – Even though you may be tired or feeling kind of grubby after the move, make sure you wave and say hi to new neighbors you might see. Leave out a welcome mat, literally, if you have one. Let people know that you’re glad to be there, and eager to meet them. You might make some new friends, or even score a dinner invite when you’re at the end of your unpacking rope and can’t find a single pan or dish anywhere.


The bottom line

Moving can be a chore, especially as a first-timer. But if you keep everything you should know about moving into your first home in mind, you’ll be great! Don’t forget, you can cross a few tasks off your list, get a great new look, and save plenty of money by renting furniture for your new place from Fashion Furniture Rental.


  1. Natalie Powell

    11:57 pm

    Thank you very much for sharing. Moving house is an excellent way to match your life stage – making your new house your home is very rewarding. Getting ready to move is as important as settling into your new property, so make sure that you are ready to wrap and pack, stuff and stack.

  2. Bill Gassett

    6:27 am

    Moving is the worst! If you were to look at the whole home selling process I bet most people would say moving is the most stressful part. Good tips to keep things running smoothly.

  3. Zack

    3:11 pm

    The setting of extra cash aside when moving is a smart thing to do indeed. Especially when you have a big family or doing a long distance moving. Pizza is usually the easiest and most affordable! If everyone is feed, the moving is less stressful, nobody likes the process as it is.. If you’re hungry, forget it! Good tips

  4. Rudransh Sharma

    5:08 am

    Nice! I loved it

  5. Deven Carley

    12:34 am

    Great information. I found this much useful information. Moving is big and stressful process. You share the information actually correct. Nice tips. Thanks for sharing on this blog.

  6. Cara Queen

    6:25 am

    Great tips! Thank you! There are a lot of steps to check off in between from packing and planning to figuring out how you’re going to unpack and organize everything once you’re finally in your new home with all your belongings. But I would like to add that a moving day itself requires a lot of attention too.

  7. Chris

    1:43 pm

    Moving is a challenging process. You have to pack all your belongings neatly while being sure that nothing gets damaged or even broken during your relocation. If you haven’t got enough time, don’t hesitate and contact movers immediately. They provide a wide range of all kinds of services together with the experienced and fully equipped team of professionals who are waiting to handle your move with care.

  8. Moving Helpers

    1:07 am

    If you’re preparing to move, you may plan a budget for the necessities, but there could be some hidden costs. One of the best ways to keep the price low when moving is to understand some of the hidden fees of moving, decide if you don’t need them, see what you can do to exclude them.


    4:39 am

    Whom to Rely on When Moving to a New Home? Help!
    This is a question that plagues all people on the move. And like most decisions, the answer is different for everyone depending on the endless list of factors such as time, money, difficulty and complexity of the move. If you’re moving long-distance, a self-move is not an option. Still, to ensure you’re making the right decision the best way is to weigh all options. Knowing what is the most important factor, money or time, will help lead you to a satisfying answer. Unless you happen to have some very generous friends to help you move, you’re going to need to hire help. Otherwise, you could finish with unnecessary anxiety, broken belongings or – worse – injuries! The best way to avoid these moving disasters and the stress that comes with them is to hire experienced professionals to help you. And these tips, of course!!!

  10. Moving helpers

    10:43 am

    Thank you so so much for this amazing tips, I am moving for the first time and doing it almost by myself, so this is a real life saver, there are so many things that you forget until the last minute, apart from having all documents, contacts, etc, up to date and completely organised. Bless you!!!!
    Only work with movers who have pre-screened and vetted in order to ensure that they have the appropriate skills, licenses, and insurance.

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