9 Essential Tasks to Do After You Move into Your New Home

moving day to-do listMoving day is finally here! All of your belongings are packed and waiting to be moved over to your new home. We know that moving day comes with a huge mess of emotions and you trying to figure out where you want everything as your movers bring in your belongings. While moving everything into your home is understandably at the forefront of your mind, there are a few other tasks you will need to attend to once you’ve moved in.

Here are 9 big tasks you will need to do once you move into your dream home!

Get the Utilities Up and Running – If you haven’t done so already, get the main house utilities up and running as soon as you can. You’ll want to call the power and water providers to help get your electricity, gas, and running water set up in your new home. Don’t forget about setting up Internet, phone, cable and other important services you may need or want!

Unpack the Essentials – Before you start tackling those looming stacks of boxes, get the 2 most important rooms – the bedroom and the bathroom – ready for immediate use. Assemble your bed, unpack your bedding, and make your bed so you can fall asleep easily at the end of the big day. In the bathroom, dig out your essentials such as your toothbrush and toothpaste, soap, other toiletries, towels, and, of course, your favorite bathrobe to use after a relaxing shower!

Locate and Get Familiar with the Fuse Box and Main Water Valve – Now that you’re in your new home, you will need to find where the fuse box and main water valve are located in case of emergencies or if you ever need to fix a power or water issue. Ensure that the fuses are labeled correctly, and get familiar with how to work the main water valve so you can limit damage should an emergency like burst pipes occur.

Change the Locks – You may hold the keys to your new home, but do you know who else may have a spare set? Secure your home against unauthorized access by changing the locks on all outside doors. This is a quick and easy fix that will help ensure that only you and your family have access to your home.

Connect the Major Appliances – If you’ve decided to move your major appliances, you will want to hook them up as soon as possible. When it comes to refrigerators, however, you will need to take extra precautions to get it installed correctly. First, leave your fridge upright on its final resting place for at least 3 full hours. Then, plug it in and turn it on. By giving it at least 3 hours to rest, you’ll allow the oil to relocate itself into the compressor where it belong.

Wipe Down Your Cabinets – Before you give your dishes, pantry items, and bathroom supplies a brand-new home, wipe down the cabinets inside-out. Use a non-toxic cleaner to make it sparkling clean, and replace the contact paper if necessary.

Clean the House Completely – While we’re on the topic of cleaning, it’s wise to give your new home a thorough cleaning. If possible, try to clean it from top to bottom before you move it – the process will be a whole lot easier. Don’t forget to wash the windows, vacuum the floors, and steam-clean the carpets! You’ll be happy you did this whenever you’re totally settled in.

Change Your Address – Now it’s time to inform all of the important people and institutions about your change of address! Update your information on your voter’s registration, and inform your bank, credit card companies, insurance companies, and other businesses about your move. Once that’s done, tell your family and friends about your new change of address if they don’t know already!

Keep Unpacking – As you’re unpacking all of your belongings and finding a new home for them, carefully inspect all of the boxes for any signs of damage from the move. Take your time unpacking and enjoy the process of decorating and settling into your new digs!

Still haven’t found your dream home yet? We can help! Just call the experts at The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties! You can reach us at either (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298, or check out our listings at www.dianamasseyhomes.com.

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4 Major Questions You Need to Consider Before You Move on to A Bigger, Better Home

questions to ask before movingYou’ve bought your first home, and you’ve lived in it happily for a few years. Now, though, you’re thinking about moving to a different home either in the same neighborhood or a different town altogether. The question is this – how do you know if you’re actually ready to upgrade to a bigger, better home?

When you purchased your first home, you were probably in love with it. It suited your old life to a tee. But now that life has happened – whether it’s a bigger family, a bigger paycheck, or maybe even a little bit of both – you might start to feel a little bit cramped in your abode.

To answer the question simply, you know it’s time to move on to bigger and better when your quality of life begins to suffer. Upgrading doesn’t necessarily mean getting a huge, brand-new house with all the works. It can mean moving into a larger, nicer home in the same town or even moving into a similar space in a town or city that you really enjoy. Upgrading doesn’t just mean a better space to live – it also means that you’re upgrading to a better, happier you!

Before you begin house hunting, though, there are a few vital questions you need to ask yourself. Consider these 4 questions when you start to think about trading up!

“Can I Really Afford It?”

Upgrading to a better home, whatever that means, typically means that more money will be needed. You’re probably feeling pretty comfortable with your current mortgage payments, but will you really be able to handle a larger one? Consider also the increased care and maintenance a larger, better home will need and think about how it will affect your budget. You want to make sure that you will be comfortable and not hurting for money if you go bigger and better.

“Are My Finances In Good Shape?”

Now take a good look at your finances. Lenders will be reviewing your income, debts, assets, and liabilities closely when you want to buy a different home. You’ll need a healthy credit score in order to get the most competitive interest rates, too. If you’re not sure what your credit score is, you can request a free one from Equifax, Experian, or TransUnion.

“Can I Successfully Sell My Home?”

If you’re like most people, you will probably need to sell your current home before you buy, unless you’re prepared and willing to carry 2 mortgages. You’ll want to make sure that your current home is staged properly and looking sharp to attract would-be buyers. Take the time to look around your home, identify anything that may need some fixing, and create a haven that potential homebuyers won’t be able to resist!

“How Will This Affect My Utilities and Taxes?”

When you buy a larger or better home, it can easily inflate your taxes and utility bills. You may need to buy better equipment to help you maintain your home and land, and you could be spending more money on taxes. Remember, you’re not just buying a home – you’re also buying a mortgage!

If you’re looking to upgrade and move on to the bigger and better in the Edwardsville area, the professionals at The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties can help! We’ll help you find the perfect home for you and also help you sell your current home. Just give us a call at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298 today! You can also get a head-start on your search by checking out all of our great listings at www.dianamasseyhomes.com. There’s bound to be something perfect for you here in beautiful Edwardsville!

10 Ways You Can Conquer the Move!

Moving boxesWhether you’re moving out of Mom and Dad’s house for the first time or are an experienced mover, there are things to learn each time you move.  The more prepared you are, the easier the transition will be. 

One bit of advice is to not underestimate the amount of time it will take to prepare for the move.  While a move, if necessary, can be thrown together in a couple weeks, the most successful moves are those that are thoughtfully orchestrated.  Starting the process a few months ahead will leave fewer things that can go wrong when the date actually arrives.

You’ll want a fresh start at your new place.  This is a good time to purge the things you thought you needed to save from the last move or some of the many things you may have accumulated over the years.  Think about weeding out some of the items that you haven’t used or even seen for the last year or two.  How much do you love those items? Do they coordinate with your new home?  Do they deserve your attention and time going forward? Do the clothes fit? Do you even like them?  Have your kids outgrown their toys?   As you move along keep the three R’s in mind:  reduce, reuse, and recycle.  Reduce your stuff to things you really love or need at your new residence. Reuse blankets, soft t-shirts, and even socks to wrap fragile items, and recycle anything you can by passing it on to someone who wants or needs it, maybe even a member of your moving crew. 

In our June 5 blog we mentioned some essential moving tools that you truly won’t want to be without.  They are so important that it bears repeating.  Here’s a quick list:

·      Sharpies

·      Tape gun

·      Box knife

·      Blankets

·      Furniture dolly

·      Rope

·      Plastic wrap

·      Walkie-talkies

Armed with these tools you’re ready to begin.  

As soon as you know that you’re moving is a perfect time to start packing.  Don’t let it overwhelm you; just starting is step one.  Don’t let the move defeat you!  Conquer it!  Here’s how.

Start early.  Don’t wait till there’s not enough time.  Start by setting the exact moving date and assemble your moving crew or your moving company.   Enlist your soldiers—family and friends—and promise them to reciprocate when they move next.  (wink, wink) They’ll appreciate the advanced notice.

Think thin. By that we mean to lighten your load; take just the important things.  You’ll be so much happier if you get to the new house and aren’t looking at and trying to find places for things that you don’t even use. 

Label everything.  You won’t be sorry.  Label your boxes according to which room you want them to be placed in as well as what’s in the box.  You’ll probably not be able to unpack every box at your new home on day one, so you’ll appreciate not having to dig through 10 different boxes to find your favorite pair of shoes.

Pack one room at a time.  This will help you stay organized and help keep from having random boxes all over the place. 

Think outside the box.  If you know for sure that some of your things will go straight to the basement, garage, or attic at your new home, invest in some plastic storage bins for these items.  Try to get clear bins so that you can easily see what’s inside.

Nest boxes.  By that we mean if you have some small boxes, put several into a larger box.  It will be less likely that one of the small ones will be misplaced during the moving process and require less back and forth trips. 

Keep your personal information with you.  Transport your personal documents, checkbook, and financial documents yourself.  This will eliminate the possibility of identity theft, losing or misplacing any of these items, and make them available if you need them right away.

Keep your valuables with you.  Of course, everything you have is valuable, but we’re referring to jewelry, artwork, and other collections you may have. 

Have a box for essentials.  Essential items will vary from family to family but could include things like bathroom tissue, sheets, paper towels, soap, bath towels, basically anything you might need right away. 

Take inventory.  Make a list of everything you’re moving, especially if you’re using professional movers.  Have someone check as the items go on the truck, and then again when they are taken off the truck.

Now you have everything you need to prepare for your move.  A new adventure is waiting.   If you’re just beginning your home search give us a call at 618-791-5024 or 618-791-9298 or visit us online at www.dianamasseyhomes.com!  We’ll help you every step of the way!

8 Items You Need To Help Make Moving Easier

Moving boxesMoving is one of the most stressful and arduous tasks that we undertake. It’s a sweaty endeavor that taxes our bodies and minds, and you probably will wind up wondering when all the packing and unpacking and moving will all be done and if you will ever survive the ordeal.

Luckily, we have compiled a list of 8 fantastic, ordinary little items to help you move during your next moving adventure! Get these items because you’ll learn quickly that you won’t ever, EVER want to move without them again!

Sharpie – Yes, a simple Sharpie is on our list! While other markers will do the job just fine in marking and labeling your items, they certainly won’t last after being dragged across the coarse texture of those moving boxes. Sharpies, on the other hand, will not only last through the labeling processes but they will also be around later to help you label your burned discs and anything else whenever you’re settled in your new home!

Tape Gun – Right up there with the Sharpie is the tape gun! It might not be a big deal to duct tape your boxes if you had, say, under 10 boxes, but if that number exceeds 10 (and it most likely will!), you will definitely want a tape gun! You will never have to search for the edge of the tape ever again when you have a tape gun, and you will never have to tear packing tape with your teeth!

Box Knife – You have tools to help you pack up, so you’ll definitely want tools to help you get unpacked after you settle in your new home! A box knife or an Exact-o knife is the perfect route to go! You won’t have to worry about digging your nails into the boxes and trying to rip up the preexisting tape! If you have a box knife in hand, you’ll find opening boxes is a quick and easy task!

Blankets – No, these aren’t for snuggling up in this time! If you happen to be moving farther away than just a few blocks, you will want an older blanket that you don’t quite care about in your moving truck so your favorite pieces of furniture won’t get damaged or scratched on the way to your new home. Once you move with blankets in tow, you’ll never want to move without them! Such a simple thing can save your expensive furniture from so much damage!

Furniture Dolly – Speaking of furniture, one simple tool will save your back and your muscles a lot of grief. That’s right, we’re talking about a good ol’ fashioned dolly! Dollies will make moving large, bulky items like couches, deep freezers, and even a giant stack of boxes or books much, much easier. Trust us, your back will thank you!

Rope – You really can’t get away with moving without tying things down! Even if you don’t wind up tying things on top of your car or truck, tying items down can still be very handy to help hold down tarps or section parts off your moving truck to keep things more secure, so don’t forget the rope the next time you move!

Plastic Wrap – All you’ll need is simple, regular wrap from your local big box retailer! Use the plastic wrap to wrap shelving units and other items to help keep them safe from harm. Plastic wrap works like a charm and even helps stabilize your items so that they don’t tip over in the moving truck!

Walkie-Talkies – We know, we know. You have a smartphone, so why on Earth would you need a walkie-talkie? When you’re moving and lifting furniture and preoccupied with the events of the day, you more than likely won’t hear your ring tones or feel the vibrations of your cell phone, and you definitely won’t hear the bleeps and pings of text messages. Walkie-talkies, which ALWAYS have reception, are relatively hard to not hear, and you’ll feel like a kid again using a walkie-talkie on a special mission!

Looking to move to the home of your dreams? Still need to find your dream home? Just call us at (618) 791-5024 or at (618) 791-9298 or visit us online at www.diamamasseyhomes.com! We can help you find your perfect home without breaking a sweat!