10 things to do to move in peacefully

10 things to do to move in peacefully

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1. Organize the boxes

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It may seem logical but the preparation of boxes will play an essential role in the move of your future home. After sorting through your belongings, you can organize your boxes according to the usefulness of the objects that compose them. You can, for example, distribute your boxes by type of object: a box for dishes, a box for books, a box for shoes ... But above all, do not forget to include the room in which the cardboard must be removed. This will save you time once there. Last thing: remember to move the most bulky furniture first before bringing the boxes and other small bags.

2. Do the work before moving in

Whether you move in after a purchase or a rental, we strongly advise you to carry out your work upstream! Because yes, we often tend to postpone small finishing work until the following day. But once installed, they often end up falling behind! If you want to move in peacefully, it is in your best interest to anticipate - if the accommodation requires it - the change of floor covering and paint before installing your furniture. Not only will you appreciate your entry more, but it will also be a financial investment that you will no longer have to take care of afterwards! In the same way, it is better to thoroughly clean the premises before entering it (interior of cupboards, kitchen worktop, taps, etc.). This will allow you to enjoy your new home more quickly. Even if the boxes will bring back a little dust, you will only have to sweep or vacuum to get settled!

3. Ensure measurements

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Again, it's a matter of logic! But how many of us are there to have bought furniture for a new home without having taken the measures beforehand? It would still be a shame not to be able to pass your new corner sofa or your king size bed because you forgot this step. Because yes, it happens to everyone to see things big! For heads in the air, here are the areas to be imperatively measured before fitting out your interior: the location of the refrigerator, dishwasher and washing machine, the windows if you want curtains, the dimensions of the living room and from the bedroom to place a sofa and bed… In any case, don't forget to measure your openings (doors and windows) in order to know if you are going to have to dismantle some furniture or not!

4. Anticipate deliveries

If you plan to buy a new kitchen or any other piece of furniture that you cannot do without when you get there (such as a bed or household appliances), you should be sure to have them on time. Whether you order online or have it delivered, delivery times may vary from one brand to another. By anticipating the reception of your products, you will be able to move in without stress and avoid living a transition in 'camping' mode!

5. Choose the right home insurance

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When you move into new accommodation, you must go through this step. Home insurance must be taken out on the day of moving in to benefit from cover upon your arrival. You must therefore notify your insurer of your change of address. The latter will be able to assess the risks (location, presence of a cellar, number of rooms, etc.) to be insured and determine if your current contract can correspond or if it must evolve. Note that it is possible to transfer a home insurance contract if you move from one apartment to another apartment. But if you move into a house after living in an apartment, you will normally need to sign a new contract.

6. Think about gas, electricity and water

Before leaving your current accommodation, you must terminate your energy supply contracts. Take the opportunity to tell them about your move and benefit from a contract for your new home. Nothing prevents you from changing suppliers (GDF-Suez, Poweo, Direct-Energie…) but plan the connection in advance to avoid finding yourself without electricity on the day of your arrival. In all cases, remember to read the meters from your old and new accommodation on the day of the move. For water, it's the same thing! Contact the town hall or the water service connected to your house to draw up a new contract. On the other hand, if you move into a collective dwelling, you do not have to do anything at this level.

7. Thinking about the phone and the Internet

Even if you can do without it (unless you have a professional use), a telephone line and an Internet subscription can always be useful when you move in. If a telephone line already exists, simply ask your owner for the line number and the name of the former occupants to transfer it to the operator. Since the delivery time can take more than a month, it is better to be informed! In the same way, for television and Internet, if you do not choose a subscription which brings together all the services, remember to contact each of the operators concerned.

8. Change of address

When you move into a new home, it is imperative to inform various social organizations. Your new address must be given to CAF and the administrations. You must also update your identity documents and notify your employer and your bank. Finally, do not forget to register on the electoral lists of your municipality if it is no longer the same as before. To save time: La Poste allows mail redirection on its site. With a few clicks, you can benefit from a systematic forwarding of your mail.

9. Think of all family members

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Do you have kids? If this move destabilizes you, imagine what it can mean for them. Even if children can easily adapt to a new environment, you must be attentive to this family upheaval. Consecrate a box for your toddler and ask him to put all his favorite toys in it. In this way, he will feel invested and will be able to create landmarks more easily when he is in his new room. If your children are older and more independent, don't forget to make duplicate keys. The sooner it is done, the faster you will find a balance in this new family cocoon! Also think about the welfare of pets ...

10. Meet the neighborhood!

That's it, you have (almost) finished unpacking the boxes and you are gradually moving into your new home. Since you have to anticipate the work and all the administrative procedures, you can already enjoy your home sweet home. Are you sure you haven't forgotten anything? Even if it may seem old-fashioned, being in the neighborhood will help you settle in. And then, it's always good to have good relationships with your neighbors ... You just have to put aside your shyness and display your most beautiful smile!