Make the move! 3 Steps to making your new house a home.

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It’s a done deal, and you can’t wait to move into your new house. The main rollercoaster of buying real estate is behind you. You can exhale now! That being said, you know the actual move is ahead of you, and there’s still lots to do before your new house becomes your home.

Here are the 3 steps of making it smooth and groovy!

Furnishing

Are you spending hours on houzz.com planning for just the perfect piece for your new living room? Not so fast! Although it’s super exciting to start anew, hold off from buying all new furniture until you actually move in. Make your mind on critical pieces — like your beds and old TV, if it needs to move with you or if you want to upgrade. Don’t bring anything with you, that you know you want to eventually replace. Donate your old furniture on websites like www.freecycle.org. Oftentimes, it’s cheaper to just donate your old furniture, rather than spending time replying to dozens of undecided, potential buyers on Craigslist. Make your call – what’s the best use of your time?

Moving company

It always seems easier said than done, and moving is definitely one of those things… Sure, you have friends and family, who are willing to help (but remember, you will have to return the favour one day, too 😉 I truly believe, hiring a moving company could be one of the best decisions you can make in this process.

How do you decide on which company to use?

Shop around, get some quotes. There are different options, for sure. See what company resonates with you the most, and of course compare their pricing. The best way to find a reliable moving company is to ask around, and see if any of your friends and family had any suggestions. Read reviews online, talk to the company, get the feel of how their customer services is. If they are unresponsive, or not-so-nice with you on the phone before you become a customer, the chances are they may not be the best option once you sign up. Check about the insurance and any extra charges. Some companies charge a flat fee, whereas others charge by the hour. Get a few quotes before you commit.

Set up a team of professionals

I don’t want to rain on your parade — you just bought a new home, and that’s exciting. But unfortunately, accidents happen. Buying a house is big deal, make sure you have a team of professionals to have your back before you move in. From electricians to plumbers, if you don’t already have someone on your mind, make a list of reliable helpers before anything happens. Knock on wood, you don’t need to use them — but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Happy moving!