You’ve finally done it. You’ve bought the apartment of your dreams, and now you and your family are in the process of preparing for your big moving day. Good job! Getting a home that’s all your own and moving into it is one of the biggest steps a person can take.
However, before you can start your new life, there are a few responsibilities you need to take care of. In order to help you out, we have written a list of the top 5 most important things you should do before you can move into a new condo.
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Here are the top 5 things you need to do before moving into a new apartment:
#1 Give your current landlord a call
You probably already told your current landlord that you bought a new home. What you likely haven’t told them yet is the exact date when you’ll be moving out. Doing this will make it easier for both of you to make the necessary arrangements, such as how and when you’ll return your keys.
#2 Book a move in/out cleaning
A move out cleaning is an extra-thorough cleaning service that’s designed to ensure you leave your previous home in the best possible condition. Doing this will make it a lot harder for your previous landlord to come up with a good reason to withhold your initial deposit.
In addition to a standard cleaning, a move out cleaning includes:
- Baseboard cleaning.
- Taking all the trash out.
- Cleaning interior windows.
- Cleaning hard-to-reach surfaces such as high shelves, ceiling fans, etc.
- Removing cobwebs.
- Wiping down light switches.
- Cleaning cabinet exteriors and interiors.
- Disinfecting the bathroom and toilets.
- Cleaning the interior and exterior of appliances.
- Cleaning the stove hood.
No move out cleaning is complete without its move-in counterpart. Ensuring you move into a sparkling clean new home is especially important if someone else lived in your condo before you purchased it. After all, who knows what kind of bacteria, parasites, and allergens they may have left behind?
#3 Furnish your new place
A new condo is a fantastic opportunity to create a home that perfectly fits your personality and sensibilities. With all the major furniture retailers offering a huge variety of different styles at an affordable price, furnishing an apartment has never been easier.
If you don’t have the time to shop for furniture, or you’re not sure if you can design the look you want, consider hiring an interior decorator. In addition to being able to furnish your condo in a way that’s just right for you, these professionals also save you money by providing you with massive discounts on furniture purchases.
#4 Learn more about your new neighborhood
Put on some comfy shoes and take a walk through your new neighborhood. Find out where the convenience and grocery stores are. Is there a cafe or a restaurant nearby? How about a gym or a nice dog-friendly park for your pets? How far will your kids have to walk to get to a playground or a sports court?
#5 Change your address
You’ll need to contact USPS and change your official home address. It’s a simple process that includes entering the new address, marking whether it’s permanent or temporary, stating whether it’s an individual or a family address, and selecting a forward (move-in) date.
Don’t forget to update your address with your bank, medical provider, and subscriptions. Finally, take the time to notify your friends and family about your new place of residence.