Essential steps to take after moving to your new home
When you have finished moving places, it will be time for the real hard work to begin. As you’re in a new location, it can be difficult to start finding your feet. However, if you concentrate on the essential aspects first you’ll find it all much easier. Follow these steps to make the relocation to your new home go more smoothly.
Relax and organize
It can be tempting to get straight into the unpacking but if you can, then allow yourself some time to relax. Make sure that you have some essentials packed in a separate bag so you have enough items for overnight then you won’t need to worry about unpacking straightaway. The next day, concentrate on drawing up a list of all of these essential things that need doing first, and begin to work through these. Perhaps make some notes for each room, and work on the room at a time.
Thoroughly inspect your new home
Make sure to inspect every part of your new home. Check for damages, cracks or leaks. Ensure that the electrical fittings are properly done and that the whole house is in good condition. If there’s any part of the home that needs fixing or repairs, get it done immediately.
Unpack essential items first
If you’re doing the unpacking yourself, begin with the important items first. These will usually be items for the kitchen, like appliances, and the bathroom, and any essentials bags that you might have packed. Ideally, the boxes should be labelled clearly to make the unpacking much easier and so you’ll know where everything should go.
Alternatively, some movers offer a service where they will arrange everything the way you want it for an additional fee - ask your removals company before your relocation and see if they offer this service.
Safely secure important documents
While unpacking, determine where to be used in your new home for document storage. Gather important documents such as birth certificates, property papers, important school certificates, family photos and the like, and safely store them there. This keeps them secure and makes them easily accessible for future use.
Carry out an inspection
Carry out a review of all of your items so you can ensure that they are in the same condition as when you packed them. If you’ve used reliable, safe movers, this shouldn’t be a problem. However, should anything have been accidentally damaged along the way, you will need to notify them as soon as possible.
Register kids at school
If it wasn’t possible to register your child at a new school prior to the move, then do so now. You should have done some research about the nearby schools before your move so you’ve got a good idea of the school you’d like your child to attend. However, if you have yet to do this, begin by doing some research. Ask around your neighborhood for recommendations, or do some research online to get better understanding of the best school for your child.
Child proof/pet proof your new home
Once you’re a bit more settled in, do a quick examination of the new property. As well as checking the security and safety of the home, childproof it and pet proof it where you can. Also, don’t forget to allow time for younger members of the family and your pets to settle in properly. Give them plenty of attention, make sure they have familiar objects and toys and get them into a regular routine as soon as you can.
If you’re in a new area, it is likely you’re going to have to do some registering of your details. First, register your vehicle with the DMV office; it is possible that you might also need to update your licence so check this as well. In addition, let utility companies know you’ve changed address or sign up with new ones and arrange reconnections, and If you are in a new state then register to vote.
Find out about your neighborhood
It will take a while to get used to your new neighborhood so take some time in the first few days to get to know it better. First, learn where the nearest stores and pharmacists are - and anything else important. Don’t worry about finding everything, to begin with – just concentrate on essential things.
Meet new friends
If you’re new to an area, it’s likely that you won’t have too many friends there. Make time to introduce yourself to your neighbors and see if they have any recommendations of good places where you can socialise. It’s a good idea to make a list of locations before you move, so you’ll know all of the best locations to meet new people ahead of your move.
Get into your routine
Once you’ve unpacked and sorted out all necessary things, get back into your regular routine as soon as possible. Morning walks, movie nights, walking the pet and the like; incorporate your regular routine into your life and home. This eases stress and gets you adapted to your new home quickly.
Update postal address
This is a step that can sometimes get overlooked in the rush of a move but make sure you have changed your mailing address. You can do this online, or you can get a card from your nearest post office and change your details that way. Before your move, speak to the buyers of your old home and ask them if they’ll be kind enough to pass on any mail to your new address, or arrange to collect it regularly if you haven’t moved too far out.
Change address and transfer utilities
Other than changing your address at the post office, you also need to change your address on all official documents. Also make sure to update your personal information at the bank. Transfer utilities such as gas, electricity, internet, water and cable to your new address. You can sort out most of this online.
If you haven’t done so already, you’ll need to arrange new healthcare providers; make sure you register with a new physician and a dentist as soon as possible. If you have a pet, you’ll also want to register them with a local vet. If you need recommendations, look for reviews online, speak to your new neighbors, or anyone else local to the area that you trust to give your honest advice.
Enjoy your new home
After getting everything sorted out in your new home, relax and settle in comfortably. Soak in the new home’s beautiful features and enjoy every moment of it.
Hiring a mover eases stress and gives you ample time to arrange and settle into your new home.