Things You Need to Set Up When You Buy a New Home

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When you buy or build a new house, there are a huge variety of things that you have to take care of in order to get all moved in and get your home up-and-running.  Real Simple has provided a checklist for the different things that you need to do before moving in, including going to the post office and doing a change of address so that all of your outstanding mail will be forwarded to your new destination. also advises that utilities should be set up before you have moved into the new space so that you don’t end up in a home without electricity or other essential services when you arrive.

To ensure that you are prepared for the big day and that everything is set up, it is advisable to check out lists like these online and to make your own comprehensive list of things to do for yourself and your family in your new home.

Things to Set Up When Buying a New House

When making the purchase of a new home, here are a few of the key things that should be on your list of tasks to get set up.

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  • High speed Internet you can count on:  Most people are completely dependent upon the Internet for almost everything today. From looking up a phone number to finding a new pizza place to eat in your area to keeping in email contact with friends and family, you would be lost without the ability to go online.  It is essential to ensure that you have your Internet set up and working as soon as you move in. Be sure to choose a reliable Internet service provider that can offer the connections and speed that you are looking for so you’ll be able to access the resources you need to finish getting your home set up.
  • Water & sewer.  You do not want to move into a home with no running water, and those who move out are going to turn off the utilities when they leave.  You can contact your local township or municipality to find out who provides the water in your area, and the people moving out may also be able to give you the contact information for the right provider.  You may need to put down a deposit with the water company to get your utility account opened up, so plan ahead and call in advance to get this taken care of.
  • Electricity. Electricity is just as important as water and sewer for most homeowners. You want to be able to cook, clean, run appliances and turn on lights— and you need electricity to do that.  Plan ahead and have the electricity scheduled to turn on when you move in so there is no interruption in services. This is especially important if you live in a climate where heating or cooling is needed since you don’t want an interruption in the function of your HVAC system.
  • Garbage services. In some locations, your garbage services are part of your taxes and the local municipality provides garbage pickup. In many other locations, however, you will need to contract with private companies that provide garbage services.  Moving generates a lot of mess to be thrown away, so be sure to do your research and find out what you need to do to get the garbage picked up after you have moved in.
  • Cable television.  After a long day moving boxes and unpacking, you are going to want to sit down and kick back in front of the TV.  To do this, you’ll need to make sure you have cable television hooked up and working. It can sometimes take time for the TV provider to come out to your house and provide the necessary connections, so you may want to call a few days in advance of your move-in and get an appointment scheduled so you can go to the top of the list.

By taking care of the items on this checklist, your home should be move-in ready and comfortable for you to enjoy from the very first day.  Of course, you are also going to need to handle other tasks like getting your kids signed up for a new school, switching to a local bank and alerting all of your credit card providers that you have a new address.  Getting the essential services hooked up in your home is a good start.

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  • Sherryl Wilson

    Oh yeah.. getting the internet and cable on are always on the top of my list! I can’t believe how long you have to wait in some areas!

  • Kristen

    Make sure you that there is not another source of power besides electric, too. We had no problem with the electricity, but what we thought was a half-tank of oil turned out to be a lot less because the gauge was broken! That was fun when the heat turned off in the middle of November…

  • myfabfitforties

    Great list – there’s so many things to remember (that are easy to forget) – a list is really valuable!! I think setting up times for things to get turned on or installed as early as possible is the best way to go – so many friends I know have had to wait a week + after they moved in to get cable/internet, etc. just because they didn’t realize it would take so long to get someone out.

  • Minpinmommy

    This is great to keep in mind. Garbage is not one I would have thought of.

  • Vonnie B.

    All of these are check off my list as done! We’re moving next week and can’t wait to get in our house! :-)

  • lisa

    There is so much to consider when buying a home. I like your checklist. It’s easy to over look things at the time.

  • michele376

    This is a great advice. I know I could have used it when we moved into our new house.

  • Heather Faith Easler-Stokes

    Great advice! THank you!

  • Chrystal D

    Good ideas for moving! I like to find out what day the garbage gets picked up too.

  • Andy Nenstiel

    Interesting to know Thank You :)

  • Marcia Lee

    Thank you for your post. There are so many demands on our time; it’s nice to have a list of what has to be done when buying a home. This makes it easier and less stressful.

  • Kelly McGrew

    interesting thanks!

  • Cheryl Grandy

    Very helpful checklist. There are so many things to think about that checklists are really important. Thank you.

  • Karen

    Real handy list for when I move. Thanks!

  • Ella B

    Good list! you know what, just to contribute to this “conversation”, my sis suggested – track the locations of any sex offenders in or around your area or kids’ school. I guess if you had a kid that might be good to know. But I would think you’d look into that before purchasing a house. idk, what d’ya think?

  • Ari T.

    Very helpful advice! These are important or necessary steps to keep in mind during a move, or in general, perhaps. I think the change in address step may be larger depending on the person. I may be one of those that has to contact about 10 or more different businesses to make a switch in address.