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What You Should Do Right After Moving In Your New Home
So, you’ve hauled the last box in and watched the moving truck pull away. Now that the heaviest work is out of the way, it’s time to get your new home situated perfectly.
The problem is, there’s just so much to do, where do you begin? If you’re overwhelmed, don’t worry. Here are a few of the top things you should do after moving in.
Whether you used a moving service or went DIY, one of the first steps you’ll want to take is to make sure everything made it through the move safe and sound.
You’ll want to inspect your boxes, your furniture, and even your appliances to make sure that everything is in working order. This should also be one of the first things you do, especially if you had someone move you. You often only have a very short window to file any damage claims, so this should be done as soon as possible.
While you’re at it, you’ll want to inspect your new home as well. Even if you did a walkthrough before the move, it’s best to do another one. You never know what can happen in the few days, weeks, or months between your first visit and moving in, regardless if anyone’s been there or not.
Get Your Utilities In Order
You may or may not have already had the main utilities connected or turned on. If so, go you! If not, now is the time to make sure you have electricity, water, gas, and all the other fun things that make life easier.
While you’re taking care of your other utilities such as cable or internet, don’t forget about your insurances!
Unpack Using An Organizational ‘Moving In’ List
Unpacking your stuff can be a daunting task that can also dissolve into a disorganized mess if you’re not careful.
The best way to tackle this is to make a list. You’ll want to break it down by putting the rooms that are the most essential to you first, and then move on down by order of importance. Don’t forget to include tasks on that list you’ll need to in order to make your unpacking easier.
Don’t Forget Your Mail
Filing a change of address with the post office is a vital step, but it doesn’t stop there. There’s a whole list of places you’ll need to change your address: banks, sites like Amazon, credit cards, and rewards programs are just a few.
Don’t forget about your car! Besides taking care of your insurance, you’ll need to register your vehicle at your new address, and look into taking care of your driver’s license as well.
Clean and Protect
The process of moving in is messy, dirty work. Once you’ve got everything the way you want it, it’s time to clean up all that packing material and recycle it. Once that’s out of the way, you can make your new home spotless!
It’s not time to kick back just yet, though. If you have children or pets, you need to make sure your safety measures are in place before you can relax. Child and pet-proofing your home is a great way to prevent turning the joy of moving into narrowly avoiding disaster.
Speaking of safety, it’s time to consider your home’s security. Now is a great time to change locks, add security hardware to your doors and windows, and look into a security system if you plan on getting one.
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