It’s so exciting, isn’t it? Getting ready to move into your new home. Whether it’s your first home ever or your tenth, there is just something exciting about getting ready to unpack boxes and making your new house a home.
No matter your situation or how many times you have moved in the past, there is always a long list of things that have to be done. Here are a few things you can do to prepare to make your move into your new Houston home a little easier.
Plan to Have Your Electricity Hooked Up the Day You Move In
It might seem like an odd place to start, but it is important to make arrangements to have the electricity and water switched over from the previous homeowner to you. You will want to shop around to find the Houston electricity provider that has the best plan and best rates.
Do not assume you need to keep the same electricity company as the previous owner
In Texas, electricity is deregulated and you have the power to choose the energy company you want to provide your electricity.
Houston electricity rates are competitive and you have your choice of many energy companies in Houston. Do a little research, then schedule to have your electricity hooked up for the day you move in.
Have a Go Box of Needed Essentials
There are a number of things you’ll need right away after you take possession of your new home. For instance, you might need a screwdriver and hammer for putting the furniture back together, assembling new furniture, or hanging pictures. You will probably need some utensils and bowls or plates to eat for your first meals in your new home.
Make a list of things you’ll need easy access to and put those things in one box. Make sure it is marked so it does not get packed with everything else. That box should go in your car or trunk so you can easily get at it without having to go through all of your other boxes.
If you have children, make sure you pack a box for the kids so they have everything they need to get them through the first few days.
You will also want to have a suitcase with clothes for everyone for a day or two. This makes getting ready in the morning easier than having to find everyone’s clothes, toothbrushes, and clean undergarments. This is especially helpful if you haven’t been able to take a few days off work to get your new home in order.
You can just have everything ready for you in the morning and get on with your day. If at all possible, take at least two days off from your job so you can get your home in order without worrying about having to rush out the door in the morning.
Internet and Phone Installation
In addition to your electricity service, it is a good idea to have your internet and phone services hooked up the day you move in. It can be a little inconvenient having to wait a few days for internet, and if you are used to being “hooked in” 24/7, it might sure put a crimp in your normal day-to-day life. Save yourself and your family the trouble and have your services hooked up as soon as possible.
Having a game plan, however small, can really help you get your new home put together quickly. Houston-area homeowners can make their move easier by ensuring their electricity and water are hooked up, they have go bags and suitcases, and they have an idea of when they will get their internet hooked up. Good luck with your move!