Moving into a new home is exciting, but it’s also a lot of work. Everything you own is packed up into a moving van and then dropped off at your new house, however, this doesn’t necessarily have to be such a stressful experience. Whether you are hiring movers or making the move on your own, we’ve listed some tips to help make moving into your new home an easier task.

Set up your Internet Connection

A lot of people wait until after they move to get their internet connected, but it often takes a while to get an appointment. Schedule this before you move so you arrive at a home that’s already wired and ready for your family!

Have the Electricity Turned On

Remember that the electricity will likely be disconnected before you move in. Since you don’t want to be moving or unpacking by candlelight, contact your provider and give them the address of your new home, the date you would like your service to begin, and the rest of the basic information that they’ll request.

Make arrangements with a Moving Company

Contact movers as soon as you know when you’ll be moving into your new place. This will keep you from having to deal with an 11th-hour rush or a revision to your own plans because the company can’t squeeze in a last minute appointment. If you’re not booking professional movers, it’s still a good idea—and good etiquette—to contact anyone who may be willing to help with your move well in advance of your move-in date.

Clean your New Home

It will never be easier to give your house a deep clean than when it’s completely empty, so take the opportunity to do this while you have easy access to areas that will soon be covered and filled.

As You Pack, Label Boxes

If you label your moving boxes with what they contain and which room they belong in, this is going to make unpacking a great deal easier on you. Color-coding can be helpful, too.

Open your Boxes Once They’ve Come Off the Truck

This is especially important if you’ve hired a moving company so you’re sure that everything made it to your new home in one piece. If the movers didn’t put the boxes in the right rooms, take it upon yourself to do so now.

Unpack the Essentials First

Start with your toiletries, towels, and bedding, then move on to your clothes. So what if you have to order take-out your first night? You’ll be able to sleep early and in comfort after a long day, and you probably won’t want to do any cooking that first night, anyway.

Change the Locks Before Moving into a New Home

You may have the keys to your new home in hand, but you never know how many copies the former owners gave out—or to whom. Err on the side of safety and change your locks as soon as possible.

Find the Circuit Breaker

You’ll want to know where your circuit breaker is located right away. If it isn’t already labeled, add your own.

Greet Your Neighbors

Start out on the right foot by meeting some of your new neighbors as soon as you’re feeling up to it. Enjoy a walk around your new neighborhood and introduce yourself to anyone you see outside. This is a great way to increase your comfort level and to start feeling at home right away!


If you are thinking about moving into a new home in the Greater Charleston area, hire Step By Step Inspections for your Buyer’s Inspection and other inspection needs before you close the deal. We provide comprehensive inspections with over 20 years of experience. Contact us today to discuss how we could help you!