New Homeowner’s Checklist: Things to Do Prior to Moving In

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Now that you have finally bought a new house, it’s time to get it ready before moving in. Sure, you’re excited to live in your new home and invite everyone for a housewarming party. But before you do that, let’s check out this list to make sure that your moving will be swift and hassle-free.


Your new home’s interior might’ve gone through a renovation in the past, which means there could be a few hidden details you missed out on. Make sure every corner and crevice of your home is in 100% shape. Here’s a list of things to do before you move in.


1. Update your address


Before you even step foot inside your new home, you should update your address as soon as possible. Doing so should avoid any miscommunication with your bank and service provider.


To change your address, you need to obtain proof of your new residence. Collect the necessary documents as proof of your new address, then deliver them to the Citizen Services Centre or your nearest neighbourhood police centre.


For more details on how to update your address, visit this website.


2. Replace your new home’s locks


Once you have full access to your new home, the first thing you should do is to change the locks, either by yourself or with the help of a locksmith. Replacing the locks should 100% ensure you’re the only one the keys to your house. Not to mention, some peace of mind will make it easier to get comfy around your new residence.


3. Find the circuit breaker box and main water valve


You’d want to get acquainted with the breaker box and main valves in case of a power or water outage. This is to make sure you won’t wander around aimlessly in case of an electricity failure. The same goes for the main water valve, so you can shut it off in the event your plumbing needs maintenance.


4. Check the smoke alarms


While you may have already checked the place for smoke detectors, you can never be too sure if they’re still present. Double-check the home and locate the smoke detectors.


While you’re at it, you can test the smoke alarms to know if they’re still functioning. Most detectors are outfitted with a test button. If the smoke detector isn’t working, either the batteries are dead, or the device has outgrown its lifespan.


5. Prepare in advance


Whether you’ll hire a mover or transport your belongings by yourself, preparing in advance will lessen your workload. The ideal preparation period should be around two weeks or one month before you move into your home.


However, that doesn’t mean you should go straight to packing all your items in one go. Simply categorise your possessions and prepare the packing materials. When the day you’ll move out arrives, you’ll have plenty of time


By preparing ahead of time, you’ll save more time for assessing other errands, such as updating your address or inspecting the residence itself.


Final Step: Relax, Sit Back, and Have Fun


When moving day arrives and your heart can’t contain the excitement, you’ll feel more comfortable knowing that your home is in good shape! Once you’re done assessing the current situation of your new property, all that’s left for you is to sit back, relax, and enjoy the view of your well-deserved home.


These are just some of the things you need to do before you move into your new home. You could also consider hiring a trusted interior design firm in Singapore to make sure you won’t overlook any important details about your new home.


Here at FineLine, our interior design services will help you achieve your dream home. Contact us via WhatsApp at +65 8799 4308 for a free consultation.