How to Prepare Your New Home in Advance
You already have the location down and the home, which is a step ahead of most movers. Do you want to kick it up a notch? Prepare your new home before you even move in. It’s always easiest to push plans off to the side, but you are in for a series of issues when the time comes. Get everything taken care of before your big relocation so you can kick your feet back once you are settled in.
Make a Furniture Template
Grab a piece of scrap paper and map out your new place. Rather than purchase furniture that looks appealing but is too big, take a solid look at your new home. Take measurements of the rooms and then get furniture that fits perfectly. Generally, people become eager when moving, but patience is key!
Check the Electricity
When you go through a home tour, it is midday, and everything is sorted out beautifully. The curtains are deep, red silk, and the counters are sparkling clean. Have you ever considered really investigating? And I mean, really investigating. Switch the appliances on and off to make sure everything is all set with the electricity. Turn on the stoves, burners and check out the water pressure. Don’t be afraid to examine the house; after all, it will be your house.
Get the Routine Tasks Done
Before moving in all your furniture and personal belongings, hire a professional to clean out your heating and cooling systems. If you hold off and your cooling unit shuts down during a heatwave, you’ll be paying an arm and a leg for service.
Buy Shades and Install ASAP
You don’t know who your neighbors are, and especially if you have moved to a foreign country, the thought can be quite frightening. Purchase some inexpensive shades or blinds before getting anything custom-made. At least you will have that extra privacy in the meantime.
Change A Lot of Things
You have come this far, uprooting and changing your lifestyle to explore a life overseas, so you might as well change a few household items and appliances—first, the toilet. You can always clean it, of course, and you should, but consider purchasing a new toilet seat.
That historic home might have a historic toilet, and that’s not ideal.
Next, change the locks immediately. Sure the previous homeowners could be the nicest family ever, but who knows who else they’ve given the key to. There could be copies thrown out all around town, and you won’t know until someone breaks in.