Moving from an apartment to a house is a huge step and a special transition requiring extra attention. While apartment living has its benefits, living in a house/home plays a central role in one’s life decisions, whether you want to start a family, own your own home, etc.
Making such a transition doesn’t have to be challenging. Below are actionable tips for moving from an apartment to a house, as shared by our Winter Moving and Storage experts.
- Handle the Basics
Formulate a pre-move plan. Cancel your utilities and arrange for the providing company to set up utilities in your new home. You may also want to change your address at least two weeks in advance. In addition, sort out any formal processes, whether with your office or school, in case you have kids.
- Write Down a Checklist of the House Projects You Need to Complete Before Moving
Before hiring a mover to move your belongings, note down changes you would require to make to your new home. These include flooring, plumbing, or any other plumbing projects.
- Be Prepared for the Extra Costs
Living in a home is convenient for the most part but may come at a cost. Owning a home comes with costs such as a mortgage, maintenance, moving costs, etc. unexpected events are bound to arise, forcing you to pay out-of-pocket.
Are you moving into a home with a yard? Purchase or budget for such tools to make your home stay easier. Generally, you should sort your finances accordingly and expect any surprises.
- Be Aware of the Extra Space
Homes are generally larger and more accommodating than typical apartments. As such, they may need more furniture and household items to fill the spaces. You can use online room planning tools to position your items well in advance.
- Consider Changing the Locks
The previous homeowner may have issued spare keys to friends, family, and service guys for convenient access. Unfortunately, it is likely that these spare keys haven’t been returned up until the moment you are already moving in. Consider replacing the existing locks to guarantee your safety and peace of mind.
- Complete a House Inspection
Conducting a full house inspection can help you discover its accurate condition. Hire an expert home inspector to assess your foundation, roof, HVAC systems, electrical system, exterior walls, etc. The home inspector should check for water problems, mold growth, structural problems, or anything that would require you to fix.
- Hire a Professional Moving Company
Moving is the most important part. Whether intrastate, interstate or local, a move requires specific caution and expertise. It is advisable to get an experienced mover offering comprehensive services, such as:
- Packing and unpacking
You can hire a partial or a full-service moving company depending on your budget and moving needs.
Move into Your Home with Winter Moving and Storage
Ready to move into your new home? Winter Moving and Storage can help you move into your home, regardless of your apartment. With decades of moving experience in Northwest Arkansas, we understand every step of a local, state, or international move and customize your apartment-to-house to your needs. Contact us to get a moving quote.