When it comes time to move into a new home, there are a lot of things to take care of. It can be a busy and stressful time for all parties involved. However, This is one situation in which the pros easily outweigh the cons. After all, this is the beginning of a new chapter of your life, and one full of so many possibilities. New places to visit, new people to meet, the list goes on. And, it’s not that bad to begin with. All it takes is a little know how and some diligence. Here are the basics of moving into a new home.

First and foremost, you’re going to need to get your home inspected. If this is your first home purchase, you may not be familiar with this process, as your landlord at your previous apartments would have taken care of this for you, but you need to have your home inspected to ensure that it’s up to code and that it’s livable. These inspections check for things like water damage and other structural integrity issues, as well as mold and other health hazards. They also check for faulty electrical wiring and other fire hazards. These inspections really run the gamut on making sure you’re as safe as can be.  It’s legally required for your home to be livable before you move in, so you’re protected.

Another important thing to take care of when moving in to a new home is setting up utilities. When you move into a new home, your utilities may or may not be turned on or off, but either way, you’ll have to make arrangements to have them turned on or have them kept on. This means calling the right people to have an account made in your name to pay the bill for electricity, water, sewage, etc. Again, many apartment buildings have utilities included in the rent, so this is new for many of you.

Lastly, you’re going to need to change your address. This is important for several reasons. For one thing, your mail can be forwarded to you by the postal service, which is important for a variety of reasons. Another reason is because you will need a current address for a number of things, so best to update it as soon as possible. Lastly, be sure to have a house warming party, and hope somebody gets you a Harry and David gift basket.

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