Moving into a new home can be a stressful experience. There is lots of pressure and time constraints. It may seem like everything is happening at once. However, there are a number of important things that you should do to make settling into your new home much easier for you and your family. Let’s take a look at 10 of the most important tips:
Top 10 Tips On Settling-In
Transfer your utilities and services. Change your Internet, phone, cable, water, gas and electricity to the new house you are moving into. The majority of utility services have the option of signing up or changing your service on their website, making it convenient if you want to do it outside of normal business hours.
Fill out a postal change of address form. You can fill out a postal change of address form by either visiting the postal service website of going to an actual post office and filling out the form by hand. Financial companies and banks will need to be notified directly that you have a new address.
Check safety features. Check to see that all of the carbon monoxide and smoke detectors in your new home have fresh batteries in them. Make sure that all the fire extinguishers are not expired, and check any other safety devices to see if they are functioning properly.
Secure your home. Have all of the locks for the house changed, because you never know how many of the previous owner’s friends and family had keys to your house. It is also a good idea to have the codes to the garage door opener changed.
Map out the area. One of the first things you need to do is to find the location of the nearest hospital. You never know when you or someone you love will need emergency medical attention. You should also look for the closest branch of your bank, malls and grocery stores.
Get to know your new home. Locate the water shutoff switches, as well as the main circuit breaker.
Review the Home Owners’ Association (HOA) rules. HOA rules will tell you what changes you can and can’t make to your property. If your community has a recycling program, the HOA rules will tell you what materials can be recycled.
Meet your neighbors. It always helps to know the people that live around you, especially if you need someone to watch your home while you are gone.
Housewarming party. Invite your friends to see the home that you are so proud of. Show them all of the hard work you have put into it.
You are now completely moved in, so it is time for you to take a rest. You have earned it. Need help with your next move? Get a free quote now.