Startups: 8 Essential Things to Do Once You Move Into Your New Home

By Grit Daily Staff Grit Daily Staff has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team
Published on July 22, 2021

Let us be honest, transferring to a new home for your startup can be both exciting and overwhelming. It is exciting because you will start a new chapter of your life, yet getting there seems like a lifetime of preparation. Just thinking about the things you have to organize in the “new house” might lessen your enthusiasm, but fret not. This article is here to ease your mind and simplify your move-in day. 

Here is a checklist of the things you should do once you move your startup into your new home. Check them out below.

Have a Walkthrough

There is no better time to do a complete walkthrough of your new home than when it is empty. So before unpacking your things and setting up the furniture, take a look around. Among other things, you need to double check the following:

  • All requested and any agreed-upon repairs made by the previous homeowner.
  • Everything that was covered in the sale contract is present in the house.
  • The lighting solutions, bath fixtures, switches, outlets, and the likes, are working properly.

If there is an issue against the sale contract, call your realtor immediately to see the recourse. As for concerns that were not covered in the agreement, they will be your responsibility moving forward

Pack Your “First Day Box”

It might be hard for you to find all your essentials once you move, and you wouldn’t want to open all the boxes just to find particular stuff. So it would be wise to designate one specific container and mark it as your “first day box.” There, you can put all the things you think you will need for your first day and night at your new house. This includes toilet paper, extension cord, lamp, ceramic plates, crystal drinking glasses wholesale, knife, scissors, and trash bags.

Child and Pet Proof

If you move into your new house with kids or fur babies, the immediate step is to do an initial child or pet proofing. This is to keep everyone safe until you can put your full setup into place.

For example, you can create a kid-free zone for discarded packing materials and check all windows to ensure they are securely closed. Also, make sure no hanging cords are coming off the blinds. But, more importantly, keep anything dangerous, like box cutters, glassware, cleaning supplies, and the likes, far out of reach of your little tykes.

Check All Your Utilities

Make sure that your home utilities are ready before you officially move into your new place. Then on moving day, check if your gas, electric, water, heating and cooling, as well as phone and internet connection, are all set. Also, call your local waste management facility to ensure that your new house is arranged for garbage pick up.

Determine Both Fuse Box and Water Valve’s Locations

The water valve and fuse box locations are what you should identify right away once you move in. This is essential because you will know where to go directly whenever you need to turn off the water line or check the power source if it goes out. As a rule of thumb, the fuse box will likely be in your basement, storage room, or garage. On the other hand, your home’s water valve is located somewhere around the perimeter of your house.

Do a Deep Cleaning

Perhaps cleaning your new home from top to bottom is the last thing you want to do after experiencing the moving process. But don’t worry because the best time to do a deep cleaning is after you completely moved in.

Prioritize Home Repairs

If you are moving into a new place that had previous owners, expect that there will be some repair projects you need to face. For sure, you already have a general idea of what these are from your home inspection. Still, it doesn’t hurt to walk around and manage what needs to be done.

Although you don’t need to work on these repairs right away since there will be plenty of time for that after you are settled, making a list of priorities will help you put your repair into perspective and give you a better footing for when it is time to get started.

Change the Locks

Changing the locks in your new home is a good practice. Although you trust the previous owner, you never know who else might have a spare key. So get a locksmith to come by, or if you feel comfortable doing the labor, change the locks yourself. Remember, you can never be too careful. It is better to think ahead than be sorry later.


In a nutshell, moving into a new house can be a bit daunting. Still, by following the checklist indicated above, the transition will undoubtedly be seamless. Although there are many things you need to do, don’t be afraid to seek help from family, friends, or professional service providers. Have fun at your new place!

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