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Being a first time home buyer can be absolutely terrifying- heck even moving into my first apartment was scary enough. The random sounds at all times of day/night and not having a single clue what it is yet, the smells of your neighbors living their lives- whether it’s food cooking or dirty socks and shoes by a door, or simply getting familiarized with the neighborhood.

The entire experience can be overwhelming. Thankfully, I found it super helpful to have a list to help keep me organized! This little handy one of 5 things to do before you move into a new home will help you organize your life a bit more. Who else could use help with their forgetfulness?!! I hope you find these tips helpful so you get the chance to actually enjoy the ambiance and excitement of moving into your new home!

  • Do A Deep Clean Of The House- Of course there’s many things to do before this step, but I put it first because it’s one of the most important to me! Being a germaphobe (except with my kids lol) I seriously cannot stand dirt, grime, or bacteria in my space. Many folks will leave the home clean for you. Even if they do, clean it again yourself. Hire a service, enlist the help of friends and family, just get it done.
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    Bleach will be your best friend!!! You will want to make sure to also have a pair of rubber gloves and plenty of buckets, brooms, mops, a vacuum, and other various surface cleaners. Remember- this is YOUR health you’re looking after.


  • Change Your Address/Set Up Utilities- There is one simple change of address form that you fill out. You can do this by visiting your local post office and more conveniently now, you may do it online. Mail will be automatically redirected to the new address, but you should also definitely contact banks, credit card companies, insurance companies and other important institutions and inform them of the change of address! As far as utilities, setting them up ahead of time is paramount to success. You may have a deposit for them that you have to prepare for ahead of time. But honestly, do you really think you can get all that cleaning done without your electric and water turned on?! (LOL!)


  • Paint Walls, Ceilings, Etc..- The sooner you start this, the more time you have for the paint to dry. Get to work! Personally, I like to take my time here. Attention to detail ensures that professional grade work has been put into it and I will not have to repaint for a long while!
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    Simply head to your local home improvement store, pick out your paint, don’t forget brushes, rollers, paint pan, stir stick, trimming tape, and grab a small container of spackle as well. If you have cracks, holes or other imperfections, prepping those surfaces can be chore and needs to be done before any painting. One of my favorite things to have is an accent wall! It’s such an amazing focal point in any room and has the ability of changing how large/small a room feels.


  • Organize! Organize! Organize! I’m a HUGE fan of using color coordinating tote boxes for each room or simply writing each room name on the box when moving! Don’t knock it til you try it! Save yourself a ton of time with this step and then when moving in, simply throw those boxes in their respective room! Done! Also, you will want to organize the bathroom first, as well as your kitchen cabinets and pantry. Check out my fabulous ideas for this right here!


  • Change The Locks!!- Let’s be honest here, the previous owners, realtors, maintenance, any of their family or friends are more than likely to have keys to your place. This will end today because after all, this is YOUR new home! As soon as closing is over, you can buy and install new door handles and deadbolts yourself. Thankfully for me, I have STL Locksmith LLC to help me with this process!
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STL Locksmith LLC is a metro Atlanta area company that has been servicing folks like me in the area since 2012. They are available 24/7 to help with emergencies such as being locked out of your vehicle or perhaps a burglary at your home (God forbid)! Competitive prices, professional staff and techs, and they also offer a simple click to call option on their website. How convenient! Professional installation of locks on your new home is definitely the way to go!

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I truly hope that you find these 5 things to do before you move into a new home a tad bit more beneficial and that they save you precious time doing unnecessary things!

Happy Moving Friends!!

32 thoughts on “5 Things To Do Before You Move Into A New Home

  1. When we first moved into our new home, we scrubbed down EVERY WALL. I am so weird about other people’s germs lol

  2. very very useful tip! i must say i have moved houses over ten times to different countries and i have used all of the above each time especially the last one! a lot people tend to forget that!

  3. Moving is the pits! The more organized and prepared you are though the better. This list is super helpful when moving gets stressful!

  4. We built our home, but we STILL scrubbed down every nook and cranny. It looked clean, but once you started wiping, there was so much construction dust and grime, although they say they have someone clean when they are done. LOL. I also agree with painting first. We didnt do that, and unfortunately, we have a ton of furniture that has to be moved now that we’ve decided to paint. Excellent tips!

  5. I’ve never experienced moving in a new house before but we will be moving somewhere new in a year or two so will keep this tips in mind. I love organizing but my family go nuts whenever I do it because I like color coordinating and grouping stuff by sizes or type. lol

    1. Lol I am the same way!! And trust me, I can ony hope that annoying those around me with my organization and cleaning will inspire them to do the same! 😂 Lol

  6. It is so important to change the locks. All of these are great tips. I always do a deep clean before moving in somewhere (as well as try to talk landlords into putting in a new toilet, lol).

  7. I have never bought a home myself. This however is a great list. A deep clean and organization are so super important. It’s good to feel clean and organized in a new place.

  8. Good tips. Cleaning a house might be a time consuming work but it will be worth it. Nice one with changing the lock. I think that’s always last on my list. Which should be one of the priority 🙂

  9. These are great tips! Especially changing of address in bank accounts and other government accounts. We’d be moving in two months so this article will come in handy!

  10. I think changing the locks is something many new homeowners don’t even think of doing! But you don’t know who lived in the home before you and how many people had a key.

  11. I can so relate to cleaning. When my husband and I moved a couple of years ago we hired a cleaning service and said “please, touch every surface (twice)” Also, such a great idea about the colored totes. We labeled the boxes, color coding everything would have been a far better way to go. x

  12. Thanks for these tips. This article is a great resource for those who recently moved or are thinking of moving. We have been in our home for the longest time and for our safety and security, we change locks every year.

  13. Having a reliable locks are important. I also make sure everything is okay, especially that I live alone. Better be safe always.

  14. Moving into a new home or new place is kind of fun, because you will meet new people, new neighbors and also plenty of time to unwind to the new area.
    These tips are also very helpful to everybody and it is really important.

  15. Moving away from old house to a new one is very stressful. Changing address is really essential especially if you have deliveries or special mails that you are expecting. Thanks for the tips! It’s really useful.

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