After the last box is packed and ready to be moved into your new home, you might think the hardest part is over. Everything is packed away tightly and neatly then ready to be organized once you arrive. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t more to do when you arrive in your new place.
There are a lot of things that might need to get done before you settle down and unpack. From checking your major appliances, updating your new home address, finding new schools for the kids, and making sure all your things arrived, you’ll find there are still some important things to be completed before you can relax.
Check out these 10 Things You Should Do When You Move!
1. Major Appliances
If you have moved your major appliances from your old home to your new one, then you need to check to make sure all the appliances are working. Some major appliances are the stove, dishwasher, washer, and dryer. Check if any of the appliances were damaged during the move. These are big items and might be covered under insurance for a limited time so make sure everything is working properly.
2. Get Connected with Your New Neighborhood
Reach out to your new neighbors to get to know them. You can even check out the local newspaper or community magazine. This will help you quickly get jumped right into what is happening in your new community.
3. Set Up the Utilities
Double check to make sure all your utilities for your new home is up and running. You don’t want to arrive at your new place and the lights don’t work.
4. Update Your New Address
One of the first things you need to do is check with the post office to make sure your mail is being forwarded to your new address. Make sure everyone else you receive mail from, such as family, friends, bank, and any other mail you might receive from others have your new address.
5. Register Your Vehicle
If you have moved to another state or country, you will need to register your vehicle. You might need new driver license, tags, or plates for your cars. Reach out to the local DMV if you have any questions or need more information.
6. Check Out the Schools
Finding a good school for your kids when you move should be something you investigate before. Research schools near your new home to see what would be a good fit. The sooner you find a place the quicker you can register and help your kids establish a new routine. This can quickly help your kids adjust and settle into their new place.
7. Make an Emergency Contact List
Moving to a new location means creating or updating your emergency contact list. Include all the local information you will need should something happen. This is a great time to get the kids involved and help them learn the important emergency information should a situation ever arise.
8. Call Your Insurance Company
Contact your insurance company to see if you are currently covered in your new place of residence. This includes household, auto, and health insurance. You might need to create new policies if your current insurance isn’t covering you, especially if you are moving to a new state or country.
9. Find New Professionals
If you are moving to a new city, you’ll want to find new professionals and services. You’ll want to look for a new medical doctor for your family, a dentist, and vet if you have family pets. Putting it off for long can make you feel overwhelmed when there is an emergency so make sure its on top of your list to make the situation less stressful if a crisis arises.
10. Check Your Boxes
When all the boxes and furniture arrive, check right away to make sure nothing was damaged. It’s also a good idea to make sure everything arrived. Double check to ensure nothing was lost during the move. A great way to make sure you have everything is conducting an inventory of all your items. It’s a good idea to get moving insurance or check with your insurance company if you have a moving policy. If something does happen, you can always submit a claim. Make sure you do this right away if you are missing any items or anything is damaged during the move as you might have a limited time frame to do this after the move.