Moving can be incredibly expensive, but it’s a cost many people run into several times over their life. In fact, the average American moves about 12 times in their life. If you’ve been renting most of your life, buying your first house comes with many steps you might not know you need to take. Don’t forget these steps when you move to a house for the first time.

Check On Your Insurance

While you might have had renter’s insurance before, you might not have a homeowner’s insurance plan in place if this is your first house. 93% of American homeowners have at least basic homeowners insurance, and it’s important to have at least a basic level of coverage for your first home. This will protect you against certain expensive problems that can come up in owning a home.

Go Through Your Belongings

If you’ve been moving around between apartments, you might not have updated your belongings in a while. On average, households in the United States have 300,000 things in them, and certainly, all of those things don’t need to make the move. While the same old couch and bed frame might have been good when you were moving around between apartments, you’ll likely want new furnishings and decor for your home. Interior designers recommend updating a room’s decor every five to 10 years.

Get Some Help

Moving is a challenge, especially when you’ve got larger items like appliances and other major home essentials. While it might seem cheaper at first to do it yourself, you’ll end up taking more time and potentially even hurting yourself in the process. When possible, hire professional movers to take care of the largest items. Recruiting friends and family can also be a great way to get some help while cutting costs, but you’ll want to at least pay people back who volunteer with food or future help.

Pack By Room

Moving from a smaller apartment to a larger home can cause things to get disorganized fairly quickly. When you’re first packing up your apartment to move into a new house, try to pack by the room items will be going into. Pack all your pots and pans together, along with anything else that will end up in the kitchen, for example. This will simplify unpacking and make sure you can find everything you need as soon as possible.

Update Your Address

Finally, once you’ve moved into your new home (or maybe even just before you move), start updating your address on all of your important paperwork and documents. While you’ve likely updated information with new apartments, buying a new house tends to have more paperwork associated with it. Keep everything consistent so you don’t run into problems later on.

Buying a home is exciting, but it can be easy to lose track of all the steps you should be taking leading up to the big move, especially if it’s your first home. Use these tips to make sure your move into your first home goes as smoothly as possible. If you’ve already bought and moved into your first home, what tips would you recommend for first time buyers?

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