If you’re making the move into a newly built home sometime soon, you’re probably excited about the modern finishes, high-tech touches, and awesome storage options that your new home will have. Moving from an older home into one that was just built is an exciting time, but like with all things in life, nothing’s perfect, so it’s important to be prepared and do your due diligence before it’s time to unload the moving van.
Here are some tips for moving into a newly built home.
One of the major benefits of living in a newly built home, especially if you’re following along in the building process, is that you may have a say on certain things, like the location of light switches and the type of door frames that are used. If you’re interested and able, talk with your builder about modifications you want to make, which can save you serious remodel money down the line. New Home Source says to ask a lot of questions during the building process, and keep notes about where certain plumbing junctions and electricity is housed in the walls. It might come in handy later.
Don’t Expect Perfection
When you’re moving into a newly constructed home, you may expect things to look pristine and perfect, with no paint brush grooves in the paint, straight edges and perfect angles. The reality is, according to Relocation.com, that your home won’t be “perfect.” Don’t stress over the small stuff, and make sure you do a walk through with your builder or agent before the moving vans arrive. You’ll want to keep an eye on the details, and make sure that anything that needs to be fixed is taken care of before you unload.
Also, keep a close eye on your appliances and light fixtures. If your home is newly built, no one has lived there before, which means no one has tested anything out. Before your movers arrive, make sure the oven and microwave are functional, and record any odd electrical issues the home has.
Meet with an Inspector
The Plan Collection says that even though your home is new and in good working order, it’s still important to meet with an inspector before you sign on the dotted line. Have him check everything out, like he would do with an older home, and make a list of any issues you see that the builder needs to fix.
Get a completion date in writing for these items, sometimes referred to as a “punch list,” before you set the move-in date. That way, you’ll have a little leeway if you need to give the builder a few extra days to finish things up. You’ll regret skipping this step if the builder is running around your home fixing things after you’ve already moved in.
This tip is important with any move, but it’s a little easier when your home is newly built. Get the dimensions of the rooms and doorways from your builder ahead of time, so that you can plan out where you’re putting each piece of furniture, and make sure the doorways are wide enough to accommodate everything.
When you hire movers to help you pack and unload, it’ll be up to them to make sure each piece of furniture can get into your home safely, but having the dimensions on hand can be very helpful. Plus, make a note of curved halls or spiral staircases, so that the movers can come up with a backup plan if carrying a large item up a windy staircase is too tricky.
Take Extra Care
Newly constructed homes have scratch-free hardwood and perfect porcelain tile; if you want to be extra careful on moving day, ask your movers to bring floor coverings to protect your new home. If you like, you can even put down rugs or paper to cover high-traffic areas for the days on which you’ll be moving or having furniture delivered. It might seem like a lot of work, but you’ll be grateful you took the extra step if something is dropped or dragged without damaging the floor.
Take it One Step at a Time
The key to a stress-free move, whether you’re moving into a brand-new home or one that’s already been loved by another family, is to stay organized. Make lists, keep things organized, label everything, and start packing early. Moving is in no way a stress-free process from start to finish, but try to enjoy the excitement! At the end of it, after all, you’ll be living in your very new dream home!
When you’re ready to start planning your move-in date, give Summit Moving & Storage a call at 604-626-0954. Our experienced movers and packers will help make your moving day smooth and easy—no heavy lifting for you!