Buying and moving into your first home is an exciting experience. It is also quite a daunting experience for many first time buyers. Even after all the papers are signed and the payments are made, the actual process of moving in can cause stress for the inexperienced buyer. These tips will help ease some of the stress of the move, even if you have never moved before.

1. Make sure you get the right movers. Hiring a moving company is usually a new experience for first time buyers, but if you are buying a house, you probably have the furniture and objects to fill it. Do not simply hire the first moving company you see. Shop around instead. Look up companies on the Internet such as on and then contact them for price quotes. Discuss scheduling and make sure they can move your belongings at the right time. Talk to friends and family to hear about their experiences with movers. Look for customer reviews of various moving companies. Once you have narrowed down your choices, contact the company’s local Chamber of Commerce for details on the moving business.

2. Use your real estate agent. Most home buyers work with a real estate agent to find and purchase their home. That relationship does not have to stop once you sign the papers. Your real estate agent can offer advice and referrals about the many intricacies of moving into your new home. Ask the agent about inspectors or about recommended moving companies. If you need information about your new neighborhood, your real estate agent can often provide that.

3. Go through your house prior to the movers’ arrival. Around six-10 weeks before you move, look for areas that you want to change before the house is filled with furniture. Decide on walls to paint, flooring to change and security issues to address. All of these activities are easier in an empty house, so be sure to give yourself enough time to complete while the house is unfurnished. Inspect the house for major damages that need immediate repair – those repairs will cause you more headaches the longer you wait.

4. Measure your new rooms and doors. You may have a wonderful plan for how the room should look, but that will not matter if that perfect sofa simply will not fit through the door. Keep in mind that movers will bring furniture and boxes into rooms only if they can. If they can not get into the room, expect items to be left in hallways for your later inconvenience.

5. Get prepared to do-it-yourself. New homeowners who have previously rented often do not realize the extent of repairs and maintenance needed on a house. Jobs that renters send to the building manager now have to be done by you. Invest in some home repair and do-it-yourself books and magazines so that you will be prepared for the small repairs. If you do not have a tool kit, talk to friends or hardware experts about what you will need.

For the more major repairs often needed on newly-purchased houses, get in touch with local contractors. Unless you are skilled in construction and landscaping, you do not want to attempt major structural changes, like roofing, on your own. This major work often can not wait, so make your local contractor contacts as soon as possible.

Moving into a new home is stressful for everyone, but it can be particularly trying for a first time buyer. You can reduce your stress and increase your enjoyment of your first home if you prepare for the move in advance.