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Moving Tips: Preparing the new home for the move

Painting the room before moving in could make life easier.

Painting the room before moving in could make life easier.

When people move, they typically prioritize getting as much packing done as quickly as they can so the whole process goes more smoothly. However, while this is a good idea, it also could be smart to look to the new home, as it needs to be prepared for receiving its new residents.

When you are moving to a new place you may want to examine the interior of the home when it is empty. Do you want to paint it? If so, accomplishing this task before all of the boxes and furniture are there can help tremendously. Keep in mind, once you put everything in the home, you will just need to move it again and cover it. This can be a real pain, and will make painting the home much more difficult. Having a clear space to paint can get the job done much more efficiently.

In addition, you should ensure that all utilities are set up before moving in. Informing the electric company of a move-in date could make billing much easier later on. Also, if you don't already know, this is a good time to see if the house has well water or city water, as well as plumbing that goes to the sewers, or a setup that uses a septic tank.

If you plan to have cable at the new dwelling, it is important to call your cable operator to get the service switched to the new house. Some companies do not provide service in every area, so if this is the case, shopping for a new cable company is important.

Cities and towns can have many different trash and recycling pickups, and these may be different from your old home. Keep this in mind when moving, as you may need to pick up specific recycling and trash receptacles at the municipal office. At that time, check to see when pickup occurs for your new area.

If you have a pet, there may be specific laws or regulations on leashing them or letting them roam. In addition, some areas do not allow certain pets. It is never a bad idea to check just to make sure. By taking these precautionary measures, your move could turn out to be much easier than initially thought.