Moving into a new home can be daunting. After dealing with real estate agents, lawyers, banks and finally closing on your home, now comes the fun stuff... MOVING. At Direct Home Connect, we know moving. We provide a FREE service, activating your utilities and relocating all of your home services.
We can help save you time and money, by getting your home connected in a single call - but that's not all! Here are a few moving tips that may help simplify your move, and get you acclimated to your new home and new neighborhood!
Save money now for problems that will arise later
As a new or potential new homeowner, you already know that buying a house is expensive. There’s the cost of the house and the mortgage, moving fees, inspections, insurance and furnishings, to name a few. Managing all that can be overwhelming, but you can’t forget that a house brings with it plenty of other expenses down the road. So be sure to squirrel away money for those repairs and updates that will eventually be needed, such as roof repairs, plumbing issues, storm damage, HVAC failures, and more. It’s easier than ever to track your home improvement savings, with several apps to help, or Microsoft provides a variety of money management templates for Excel to help you track your spending and saving throughout the month.
Shop around for insurance
After purchasing a home, the next step is crucial: purchase insurance. Most new homeowners take the easy route and work with a friend in insurance or a real estate agent’s recommendation. But it’s wise to shop around and do your research. For example, some standard policies don’t include fire and flood protection. So compare policies from different providers and read the fine print.
Purchase the essentials
Some purchases are non-negotiable and absolutely essential in a home. Make sure you have these critical items: first aid kit, tool kit with a full complement of basic tools, ladder, fire extinguishers (be sure they can handle different types of fires) and emergency preparedness kit should your home lose power.
Everyone is different; people are raised differently and have different viewpoints on what is and is not clean. While we accept everyone for their differences, we don’t have to live in these differences. Before moving into your new home, homeowners should deep clean and scrub every square inch of a house. If you don’t want to tackle this task yourself, there are plenty of cleaning companies to do the move-in cleaning for you.
Update your address with Direct Home Connect!
With so many things to do when moving into a new home, it’s easy for tasks to slip through the cracks. During your move, Direct Home Connect can update your address with the US Postal Service. HOWEVER - You will need to update your address on your credit cards, insurance companies, banks and your services like Amazon. After all, you don’t want your dollar shave club subscription being sent to the wrong person when you spend cold, hard-earned cash on it!
If you’re looking for some quick fixes to spruce up and personalize your new home, here you go:
Paint – A fresh coat of paint instantly brightens and transforms any room.
Replace the old ceiling fixtures with new ones that suit your style.
Freshen up a kitchen with new cabinet and drawer knobs and handles.
Replace door knobs and handles with fresh new designs and finishes that match. You’d be surprised how many homes have mismatched door hardware!
Upgrade those plastic switch plates on the walls with something decorative.
Meet your neighbors
Make time to introduce yourself to your new neighbors and remember that first impressions mean a lot – it’s best to start off on a good note! After all, you’re going to see them almost every day for however long you live in this house. And, as Ellen DeGeneres always says, be kind to one another.
Protect Your Investment
Home security systems can help decrease your insurance cost, as well as provide peace of mind in your new home. We partner with American Defense Systems, installing smart home security nationwide. They install smart home features like remote door locks and video doorbells, and easy to use technology using the powerful Alarm.com mobile application. To learn more about them, visit them online at www.americandefensesystems.com.
To relocate your home services, and turn on all of your utilities, be sure to call Direct Home Connect! Our free service will turn on the power, gas and water, as well as connect you with the best deals and lowest rates on Satellite TV, Cable, Internet and Home Security!