What to Do Right After Moving into Your New House

A brand-new house is an exciting adventure that you’ve probably been looking forward to for months! We bet you’ve been coming up with fun plans for that extra room and thinking about the perfect color to paint your kitchen. A new home means new opportunities and it’s awesome for you to embrace that!

Before you get started on your big plans though, there are a few standard things you should be doing right after your moving team finishes up. Make sure you go through this checklist to set yourself up for success. The sooner you get started, the sooner your new house will start to feel like home!

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Turn on the utilities.

Moving day is long and stressful. Once you’ve unloaded the truck and brought all of the boxes inside, you’ll probably want to relax and recharge for a bit. It’s going to be difficult to put on your favorite show or read the next chapter of your book if you don’t have any electricity to power the TV or the lights!

Make sure all of the basic utilities are set up in your new home right away or transferred over to your name. Check that the electric, gas, water, etc. are all working when you arrive so if they’re not you can get that taken care of sooner rather than later. You’ll probably want to get your WiFi set up quickly too, so arrange for someone to come out within those first few days. We all know that Internet will make your life a lot easier and your new house feel a lot more like home.

Change the locks.

You might overlook this task, thinking that when you’re handed your new house key you now get to decide who has access to your home. The truth is though, that you have no idea how many copies of that key are out there or who has one. For good measure, it’s a good idea to change the locks soon after moving into a new house.

Call a locksmith and have him change every lock in the house—you can even get it set up so there’s one master key that will open them all. For added security you might also want a deadbolt installed or to go out and grab one to set up yourself.


If you can, it’s a good idea to give your new house a deep cleaning before you arrive. If you don’t have that kind of access though, take the time to cleanse it thoroughly from top to bottom before you set anything up. Starting with a fresh, tidy space will make settling in so much easier.

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Tackle the floors by scrubbing them until they’re spotless! Sweep, mop, vacuum, polish, steam clean—whatever gets each type of flooring in your home looking like new is what you should be doing. Hire a professional if you really want to get the place looking immaculate.

Next, wipe down all of your appliances, cabinets, surfaces, vents, etc. to purge your home of dust bunnies and any other dirty build up. Trust us, you’ll feel much more excited to unpack and assemble your new home if looks and feels shiny and new!

Unpack the essentials.

You might be tempted to power through and empty all of your boxes and bins as soon as they’re off the truck, but there’s no need to rush when it comes to unpacking. Your belongings and your new house aren’t going anywhere—it’s okay to take a breather. Moving is draining and organizing your new home should be an exciting and thorough process, so it’s important to go into it with the right energy and mindset.

The two places where you do want to unpack and set up the basics are your bedroom and your bathroom. Assemble your bed so you have a comfy place to unwind and re-energize, and your bathroom so you can freshen up after a sweaty, messy, hectic day of moving!

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Meet the neighbors.

Social interaction may be the last thing you want to do after you’ve dragged your last box off the truck, but it’s important to establish a good relationship with your community right away! If your neighbors don’t pop over with a plate of cookies first, stop over and introduce yourself.

Showing your neighbors that a good relationship with them is a priority to you will give them a great first impression. You’ll also be glad to have a few friendly faces to show you around your new neighborhood and point out all of the best spots to check out once you’re settled in!

The moving process is overwhelming. The more things you have to remember to do in the midst of the chaos, the more stressed you’re going to be. Let Highland Van & Storage help you get organized by checking some of those tasks off your list for you! Our experienced local movers or long-distance team will do the heavy lifting from Vancouver to wherever you need.

Contact us today to get a free quote and make your move as easy as possible!