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Checklist for Moving Into a New House

Buying a new home can serve as a symbol for many different and exciting life changes. The addition of a new family member, downsizing, or even a new job opportunity are just a few examples. When you create a moving checklist or an organized timeline and plan the necessary steps for your move, it can streamline the process and save you a great deal of time.  Here are some important steps to consider leading up to moving day.

Six Months Out

Find your perfect community. Whether you decide to move into an existing home or townhome, a new construction home in Orlando or design your own, knowing the location is the first step. If you are looking for a nice community with lakes and parks that has a lot of amenities, Avalon Park West in Wesley Chapel, Florida could be perfect for you and your family. During this time period, get ahead of the curve and start cleaning out and purging your home of unwanted items sooner than later.

Two to Three Months Out

If you decided on new home construction ensure everything is on schedule. This is also the time to find moving companies, get quotes and hone in on a moving date. Start the process of sorting rooms based on size and level of importance. This means any occupied bedrooms, the kitchen, garage, attic and playrooms need to be addressed first as they tend to accumulate the most stuff.

One Month Out

Set up utilities for your new home: water, electricity, gas, cable/internet, trash, etc. Set a cancellation date for services and memberships in your old location. Send in your change of address form to the post office. This can be done online or in person at any location.

One Week Before Move

Properly dispose of hazardous items, such as cleaning supplies, paints and other chemicals. Any unopened or fresh perishable foods can be donated if you can’t take them with you. Make sure you have prescriptions, important papers and medical information in a safe place that’s easy to find.

Finish packing personal items and do any last-minute shopping for cleaning supplies or items you’ll need for moving day. This is also a good time to confirm that your moving company will also be packing your items for you during the move.

The Day Before

Finish cleaning out the refrigerator and pack non-perishable food items for the new house upon arrival. You may not be able to leave the house while the movers are unpacking so having snacks will keep you efficient on moving day.

Create a checklist of what you’ll need at the new house right away such as pet food, baby items, and any personal care items. Drain the washer and dryer hoses, as well.

The Big Day

Keep water, cold drinks and a first-aid kit handy for everyone involved in the moving and packing process. Take off doors and move aside blinds and leftover curtains so the movers can easily navigate through the doorways.

Once the house is packed and everything is loaded, turn off any lights and make sure the stove is off and no water or toilets are left running. Also, if the power is scheduled to shut off, the freezer should be defrosted to prevent the melted ice from damaging any flooring.

If you’re in the market for a new home in Orlando, Tampa, or any of the surrounding areas we service, call us at (407) 590-3501, or email our Online Concierge, Todd Simon, at