Amidst the chaos of moving into a new home, it’s easy to forget a few of the important details that need to be taken care of. While we know you’re thrilled to get into your new Blue Fern townhome and really start shaping the space into your own, consider running through the below checklist to avoid any issues after move-in day.
Depending on the living situation you’re moving from, you most likely will need to spend some time transferring or canceling utilities when making the move to your new townhome. The main ones to consider are power, water, gas, telephone, security, cable, trash, internet and reserved parking leases.
There’s nothing more frustrating than accidentally delivering furniture or decor for your new place to your old address—but you also don’t want to miss any important mail like bills, statements and invitations. Conduct an online address change and mail forwarding with the U.S. Postal Service before tackling the list of places to contact directly, including your work or school, insurance company, credit card companies and banks, social security office, health and benefits providers, magazine subscriptions and professional organizations. If you still feel like you’re missing something, skim through your credit card or bank statements to identify any recurring charges that might need an updated address.
Once all of the boxes have been dropped off, it’s a great time to familiarize yourself with some of the important components around your new townhome. Locate the main water and gas shut-off valves, locate the electrical service panel and shut-off switch and get to know your appliances and how they work. For safety reasons, you should also purchase a fire extinguisher for each floor of the home, as well as the kitchen and garage. Also buy a simple (or complex) first-aid kit to store in an accessible location.
Store all home-related documents—like instruction manuals, warranties, insurance documents and the maintenance manual in a safe and easily accessible place.
As tempting as it can be to put off unpacking, you’ll feel so much more settled if you take a day or two after the move to get your personal belongings put away or set up. Explore every corner of your new townhome and take advantage of the storage solutions, vertical space, open-concept living areas and unique townhome features that drew you to purchase a Blue Fern home in the first place.
Mitigate some of the moving day stressors by preparing ahead of time and having this checklist handy. A new-construction townhome in a sought-after greater Seattle area neighborhood can be your safe haven from stress for years to come, especially when it’s cared for and maintained properly.
The team at Blue Fern is always thrilled to welcome new homeowners to our townhome communities, whether they’re first time homeowners or seasoned experts. For more information about Blue Fern or to learn about our upcoming townhome projects throughout the greater Seattle area, contact us online or give us a call at (206) 319-9681.