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11/28/2018
Moving into a new house isn't as easy as just moving your things in and arranging your furniture. If this is your first move, these tips will help you be better prepared for moving day.

Simple Tips to Make Your Move Easy

Moving into a new house is an exciting event, but don't get lost in the excitement and forget to take care of some basics. If this is your first time moving into a new home, there may even be some things you don't even know you should do. To help make your move smoother, check out these tips from Schutt Law.

Change the Locks

First up is changing the locks. This may sound like an odd suggestion, but it really is an important one. Since you can't be sure who has keys to your new home, changing the locks is a must. This isn't because you don't trust the old owners, but what if they gave keys to someone else and forgot about them? You don't want unexpected guests strolling into your home later on, so get this taken care of as soon as you can.

Inspect the Plumbing System

Although your home inspection would have detected any plumbing issues in the home, you can never be too sure. If the home has been empty for a bit now, it may have even developed issues since the inspection. To avoid wasting water and to keep your water bill under control, take a walk around the home looking out for leaks and other issues.

Test Your Appliances

As soon as you get into your new home, plug in your appliances to be sure they work. Chances are you aren't going to show up with a full load of groceries, but you still want to be sure your refrigerator, stove, and other appliances are working properly. This is also a good time to test the different outlets around the home just to be sure the electricity is working normally. A major step you must take before moving into your new home is getting title insurance in San Marcos at closing. This will ensure there are no clouds in the home's title, making it a more secure investment. Contact Schutt Law to get your title search started. Give them a call at (239) 540-7007 to learn more about the importance of title insurance.

Locate Important Items

Speaking of electricity, take some time to locate important items on your first day in your new home. To start, know where your electrical panel is and how to work it. Next, locate your main water shutoff valve and get to know how it works. Knowing where these items are located and how to work them will be very important during an emergency. Don't forget to also the test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in your home. If needed, change the batteries out for new ones.

Get Your Carpets Cleaned

Before moving anything into your home, it may need some cleaning work done. Sweeping, mopping, and dusting are easy enough to take care of yourself, but getting the carpets clean may be a bit more demanding. Consider hiring a carpet cleaning service that can take on the job more efficiently. There are some carpet cleaners that can get your carpets looking like new without you having to wait days to move in. Once your carpets are fully clean, you may feel more comfortable making the home your own.

Change Your Address

Ideally, this should be taken care of well before you move into your new home. Before moving, fill out a change of address form on the post office's website so that you can rest assured knowing you won't miss any important bills or mail when you move. If you have magazine subscriptions or any other type of subscription that arrives through the mail, contact these companies to change your mailing address. Also, don't forget to transfer your utilities a couple weeks before your move. This will ensure you have no issues with the gas, electricity, and other items like your cable or wifi services.

Title Insurance in San Marcos Can Protect Your Home Investment

Moving into your new home is a big deal, so don't let your excitement get cut short by title issues. To ensure your new home has no liens or clouds in its title that can affect your rights to ownership, invest in title insurance before closing. Not sure what any of this means? Contact Schutt Law at (239) 540-7007 to get all the title insurance information you need to make a secure investment.