There’s a lot to take care of when you move, but the job isn’t entirely done just because you have all your furniture and boxes in your new home. In this article, we’ll explain some of the most important things to take care of after you’ve got all your belongings moved. The fact of the matter is that there are still steps to take to get your life back in order and to make your house into your home and following these steps will help ensure that you and your family can hit the ground running more quickly.
One of the first things you’ll need to do after moving in is setting up your utilities (if you haven’t already made arrangements before moving). Setting up an account for gas, electric, and water are important things you’ll need to do so that you’re not left without the means to cook, warm your home, and have a hot shower. Likewise, you’ll want to set up any other accounts needed for the enjoyment of your day-to-day life, such as cable and internet, as well as any other subscription services you use on a regular basis. The quicker you can settle into the life you’re used to, the sooner you’ll feel at home.
Unpacking is also on the list of things you’ll want to tackle immediately after the movers unload your belongings. While it may be tempting to arrange furniture and unpack all your boxes right away, you should prioritize the most important things first. Usually, this will include kitchen items so that you can enjoy a meal in your new home. The bathroom is another important room to unpack first since you’ll need to shower, brush your teeth, and have access to any other items you need on a daily basis.
Your power (control panel or propane tank) and water shut offs are important things to locate early on because you won’t want to be searching for them in a pinch when it’s necessary. Make sure everyone in the household knows where these shut offs are located and how to operate them in the case of emergency. Likewise, you’ll want to locate and check fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, and carbon monoxide detectors, as well as making sure they have a fresh battery in them. Safety and emergency measures aren’t always on the top of the list after moving, but they’re important to know about in the event that something does happen.
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Updating your address with the post office and your contact information with other relevant parties (the DMV for example) are things that should be done as soon as possible. Ideally, these things can be taken care of shortly before you move, but as we all know, some things slip by us when we’re juggling everything else that goes into moving. The same applies to medical records and any other pertinent businesses or organizations you need to stay in contact with.
If you are renting a home or apartment, it’s a good idea to document the condition of your home when you move in. This will provide some level of protection when you move next so that you don’t lose a portion of your security deposit. Once you have everything documented appropriately—and don’t forget that even minor dings and scratches can count against you—you can start arranging furniture and start setting up your new home.
Once you’ve taken care of the more administrative tasks that come with moving to a new home, you can start arranging furniture, decorating and doing the other things that make you feel comfortable. The living room and bedrooms are a good place to start since those are the rooms you’re likely to spend the most time in. Wall hangings, photos, and any other decorative items that make you feel like your home is officially yours are all good to take care of first. Start with arranging furniture and setting up the larger items in your home and work your way to home décor and eventually, the things you’ll be storing like seasonal clothing and holiday decorations.
After everything is in place and set up, you can host some friends and neighbors to introduce them to your new living space. Even if you don’t know your neighbors, it’s okay to invite them over for an informal cocktail hour or a casual get together with some finger foods so that you can get to know who lives around you. If you have friends or relatives in the area, be sure to invite them too so that you’ll have contact with people you’re already familiar with and not just a house full of strangers as you get accustomed to your new home.