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Tips for Moving Into a New Home this New Year

The New Year is the perfect time to start fresh. One way to do that is by moving into a new home. It might seem like a daunting task, but with the right preparations and some great tips, you’ll be settled in no time.


Always get a home inspection

No matter how great a home looks on the outside, there are always things that could be hidden on the inside. A home inspection can help you find any problems before they become headaches. Bannon Home Inspections will come to your new home and check for any structural issues or safety hazards. We'll check out everything from windows to wiring to plumbing to make sure it’s in the proper condition.

We offer reports that are easy to understand. Our report will show you if your house needs repairs or is in good enough condition to move in without worry. This is important because what might seem like an issue now can turn into an expensive, damaging problem later on down the line.

The home inspection piece is easy, we make sure of that. Moving on the other hand...

Moving is a stressful time

Moving is a stressful time for many of us. Whether you’re relocating, downsizing, or just moving from one rental to another, there are a lot of details that need to be addressed. In the spirit of the holidays and all the hustle and bustle going on, we wanted to offer some helpful tips on how you can make your move less stressful this season:

1) Plan ahead. This is our one piece of advice for making your move more stress-free. Take a day or two off work and start packing a couple days in advance so that you have more time on the big day.

2) Start packing early! This way you don't have as much to do right before your move and it also makes it easier to plan what goes where in your new place.

3) Label boxes as they're packed with as much detail as possible so you know exactly what's inside them on moving day. For example, label boxes with 'Kitchen Stuff,' 'Bedroom Stuff,' etc., so it's easy to find things once they're unpacked.

Packing hints

It can be easy to let packing slip to the last minute, but it's best to start as soon as possible. Packing early will allow you time to deal with any items that need to be cleaned, repaired or sent for storage.

Packing is a lot less stressful when you break it up into small tasks over time, rather than waiting until the last minute and then trying to pack all at once.

To help make your packing easier, here are a few packing tips:

- Plan ahead. Make sure you have everything you need before packing-from boxes and bubble wrap to labels and markers.

- Label all of your boxes with tape or marker so they're easy to identify later on. This will make unpacking much quicker and easier!

- Wrap valuable items in bubble wrap or place them in a plastic container for extra protection.

- Label boxes according to what room they should go in once they're unpacked. For example, label the box that contains your kitchen supplies "Living Room." That way, when it's time to unpack, you'll know exactly where everything goes!

What to do with your old home

The best way to handle your old home is to sell it. You should consider hiring a real estate agent to help you. They are amazing resources (we see this everyday!) By selling your old home, you can gain some extra cash and avoid paying for utilities.

If you’re not ready to sell your old home, don’t worry! You can rent it out or put it on Airbnb to generate some quick income.

Doing this will allow you to pay the bills for your new place while keeping money coming in from your old place. This strategy also gives you the chance to start fresh without having the burden of two mortgages at once.

Setting up utilities before you move in

One of the most important things to take care of before you move in is locating all your utility hookups. This will save you time and money in the long run.

It's always best to plan ahead, so start looking for your utility hookups now! Your new city or town might have a different water system or power company, so it's smart to find out the basics before you move.

We recommend visiting your local utility company website. They often have an online estimator so you can find out how much it will cost to get service hooked up before you move in.

To give yourself enough time to set up utilities, we recommend calling about six weeks ahead of when you'll be moving into your new place. This will allow enough time for someone on site to connect your gas, electric, and water lines while also making sure everything is turned on and ready to go upon arrival.

Cute puppy in a moving box ready to go to new home
Make sure your pets have time to adapt.


Moving to a new home can be nerve wracking. Moving to a different city or even state can be even more stressful, but at the end of the day when the move is all said and done you will most likely feel that is was worth it. Keep in mind that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

If you're relocating to the Carolinas or simply moving from Charlotte to Fort Mill (or wherever) Bannon Home Inspections wants to help make your home purchase and move go smooth. We do this by offering the best home inspection experience in the Charlotte (and surrounding) areas. Whatever you do, don't skip the home inspection! Find us here:


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