We Moved Into A New House: Now What?

Welcome to your new space! All of the possibilities are laid out before you, and yet, a blank canvas can also be extremely intimidating. While our post title “We moved into a new house: now what?” is meant to be tongue-in-cheek, the recommendations below from Monumental Windows and Doors are real and based on practical, budget-friendly tips.

Current Homeownership and Rental Rates

The United States homeownership rate currently stands at 65.5 percent, while renter-occupied housing units make up 34.5 percent of the national stock. That’s according to Property Shark. States including Maine, West Virginia, and Minnesota have the highest homeownership rates. Washington D.C., New York, and California claim the highest number of rentals across the board.

And, although rent prices are now 29.9 percent higher than they were before the pandemic, rental rates are expected to stay strong as long as it is cheaper to rent than it is to buy. The ATTOM 2023 Rental Affordability Report shows that the typical rent for an average three-bedroom place is still more affordable than owning a similar-sized home in 95 percent of the 222 U.S. counties analyzed in the study.

Thus, everyone from singles to multigenerational families is doing a lot of moving around. Hopefully, these tips serve you well as you settle yourself into a new abode.

Our “Moving Into First House” Checklist

Preparing for a move into a new home is a lot of work. Below, we’ve separated our tasks into pre-move-in and the move-in itself as you begin the next phase of your life in a new space. All of these tasks and considerations can help to ensure a smooth transition and a comfortable settling-in process.

Before Moving In

Before move-in day, taking a few smart proactive steps can significantly streamline the process and alleviate potential stressors.

Inspect the Property

Before anything else, conduct a thorough inspection of the property. Check for any existing damages or issues such as leaks, faulty electrical outlets, or broken appliances. Document these findings and communicate them with your landlord or real estate agent so that they are addressed before you move in.

Plan the Layout

Visualize how you want to arrange your furniture and belongings in the new space. Consider factors such as room dimensions, natural light, and traffic flow. Planning the layout will make the moving process more organized and efficient.

Schedule Utility Setup

Arrange for the setup of essential utilities such as electricity, water, gas, internet, and cable services. Make sure these services are scheduled to be activated before your move-in date to avoid any inconvenience.

Change Your Address

Update your address with relevant parties such as banks, employers, subscription services, and government agencies. File a change of address with the postal service to ensure that your mail is forwarded to your new residence. You can do this for free.

Arrange for Cleaning Services

While the property may have been cleaned before your arrival, it’s a good idea to schedule a deep cleaning session before moving in. This ensures that the space is thoroughly sanitized and free of any lingering dust or allergens. This is particularly helpful if you are moving into a space that has held pets or smokers.

Gather Essential Supplies

Stock up on moving supplies such as boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, and markers. Organize your belongings into categories and pack them systematically to make unpacking easier later on.

Secure Necessary Permits

If you’re planning any renovations or modifications to the property, obtain all of the necessary permits and approvals beforehand. This will prevent any legal complications down the line.

Arrange for Insurance Coverage

Review your insurance policies and arrange for appropriate coverage for your new home. This may include homeowner’s insurance, renter’s insurance, or additional coverage for valuables and belongings.

Coordinate with Movers

If you’re hiring professional movers or enlisting the help of friends and family, confirm the logistics and timeline well in advance. Communicate any specific instructions or preferences to ensure a smooth moving day experience.

Plan for Pets and Children

If you have pets or children, make arrangements to keep them safe and comfortable during the move. Consider hiring a pet sitter or arranging for childcare on moving day to minimize stress for both them and yourself.

By taking these proactive steps before move-in day, you can lay the foundation for a positive and enjoyable living experience in your new space.

During New Home Move-In

The move-in day marks the culmination of weeks or even months of preparation and anticipation. Here’s a comprehensive guide to navigating move-in day:

Arrive Early

Start the day off right by arriving at your new home early in the morning. This gives you ample time to assess the condition of the property, address any last-minute concerns, and oversee the moving process.

Inspect the Property

Do a final walkthrough of the property to verify that everything is in order. Check for any damages or discrepancies that may have occurred since your last inspection. Take photos and document any issues for reference.

Coordinate with Movers

If you’ve hired professional movers, coordinate with them to ensure they have clear directions to your new home and understand your preferences for unloading and placement of furniture and boxes. Provide any necessary access codes or keys in advance.

Unpack Strategically

As boxes and furniture are unloaded, prioritize unpacking essential items such as bedding, toiletries, and kitchen essentials. Set up these areas first to create a sense of comfort and functionality in your new space.

Assemble Furniture

If you’ve disassembled furniture for the move, begin reassembling it according to your pre-planned layout. Enlist the help of friends or family members to expedite this process and ensure that heavy or bulky items are safely maneuvered into place.

Connect Utilities

Once you’ve settled in, verify that all utilities are functioning properly. Test light switches, faucets, and appliances to ensure they are in working order. Contact utility providers immediately if you encounter any issues.

Explore Your Neighborhood

Take a break from unpacking to explore your new neighborhood and familiarize yourself with nearby amenities such as grocery stores, restaurants, parks, and public transportation options. This will help you feel more at home and integrated into your new community.

Update Contact Information

As you settle into your new home, take the time to update your contact information with essential services, subscription providers, and personal contacts. This ensures that you stay connected and informed in your new location.


Moving into a new home is a significant milestone worth celebrating. Take a moment to acknowledge your hard work and accomplishments, and schedule to host a housewarming gathering to share your new space with friends and loved ones.

Rest and Relax 

Moving can be physically and emotionally taxing, so be sure to prioritize self-care and relaxation in the days following move-in day. Take breaks as needed, enjoy your new surroundings, and embrace the excitement of beginning this new chapter in your life.

Getting Comfortable in Your New Space with Monumental

The hardest part of this transition is complete; you are now safe and sound in your new home. Monumental Windows and Doors is here to provide you with the highest quality aluminum-framed windows and doors on the market for new builds and refurbishment projects. 
Get in touch today to get started.