8 Things To Do After Your Move

The last box has been unloaded. The movers have been paid. The truck has pulled away from your home.

It’s done! The move is over! You might feel like celebrating at first, and then it hits you: You have SOOOO much to do.

Don’t let panic get the best of you! After all, you’re already exhausted enough.

Luckily, we’re here to help. We’ve compiled this 8-step list of what to do and what to look out for after your move is complete.

Bed Frame

Be sure to set up your bed frame and kitchen table before you assemble other furniture.
(Image courtesy: Dream Beds and Mattresses/flickr)

1. Assemble essential furniture.

Two things we, as humans, literally can’t live without are sleep and food. So you want to make sure that you have a place to rest your head and a place to devour that take out you’ll likely be ordering while you get settled.

Although you might be tempted to put together as much furniture as you possibly can as soon as you set foot in your new home, you should focus on the bed, kitchen table and chairs first. You’ll thank yourself later.

Be sure to devote some time to this process, as disassembled furniture items can take awhile to put back together. These items can also be very confusing to reassemble, particularly if you didn’t put them together the first time (which is a common scenario with bed frames).

One quick note: Although many homes are cleaned before you move into them, not every home is sparkling around moving day. If your new home looks dirty make sure you clean the home thoroughly before assembling any piece of furniture.

Double Light Switch

Make sure your utilities are set up once you move into your new home.
(Image courtesy: Mike/flickr)

2: Turn the power on.

If you haven’t set up your utilities already, make sure you do so ASAP. You will definitely need your electricity and running water in your home (unless you don’t believe in showering).

Fortunately, utilities don’t take very long to set up. So pick up the phone and talk to your utility provider.

Stove Burners

Be sure that all appliances —including stove burners — are working correctly.
(Image courtesy: Chris Campbell/flickr)

3. Make sure everything’s working.

There are a lot of appliances in homes — such as sinks, toilets, bathtubs, dishwashers, stoves, ovens, refrigerators, microwaves, climate control units, washers and driers. Once your home has electricity and running water, you’ll want to make sure all these appliances actually work.

If you find that anything isn’t running right, contact a professional for immediate service. While some of these appliances are more essential than others (for instance, a working toilet is incredibly crucial), dealing with any defective appliances in a new home for an extended period of time can leave you with a sour expression real quick.

Hangers on a Hook

Make sure hangers, dressers, drawers and shelves are in place before you unpack them.
(Image courtesy: Andrew Morrell Photography/flickr)

4. Set up shelves, closets and hangers.

You might want to open up those unsightly moving boxes faster than a kid opening presents on Christmas morning. But it’s crucial that you get organized before you cut your first inch of packing tape.

Be sure that closet space, dressers, hangers and bookshelves are set up before you unload your boxes. This will allow you to put away items in an organized fashion, sparing you further frustration.

Moving Box

Try to unpack boxes room by room, so that you stay organized throughout the process.
(Image courtesy: Douglas Porter/flickr)

5. Unpack by room.

It’s always a smart move to pack up your old home by room before moving day arrives. But don’t stop there!

Unpacking by room can help you stay organized as you’re getting settled into your new home. For example, you’ll be able to see if your clothes fit in your closet, or if you’ll need to buy new drawers and dressers.

Unpacking by room will also give you a clear indication of how much progress you’re making throughout the process. If you packed boxes by room for the move, this practice will be super easy to execute.

Keyhole Lock

Change the locks on your new home to make sure that your home remains secure.
(Image courtesy: Kevin Spencer/flickr)

6. Change the locks.

Once you’ve taken possession of your home, there’s no need for anyone else to have access to it. Protect your home by changing out the locks, installing an alarm system and getting homeowners insurance. This way you’ll have peace of mind, knowing your possessions and loved ones will be secure in your new home.

Neighborhood

Get to know your neighborhood, neighbors and relevant community organizations.
(Image courtesy: Nicola/flickr)

7. Learn the landscape.

Once you’ve got everything up and running, take some time to get the lay of the land. Walk around your neighborhood and get to know the neighbors. Familiarize yourself with your local Homeowners Association or the Parent Teacher Association at your child’s new school.

It’s important to get associated with your new community. Not only does this keep you from feeling isolated and alone, but it also can set up a network of allies who can help you feel safe and comfortable in your new environment.

Change of Address Form

Be sure to file a request to change your address through the U.S. Postal Service.

8. Fill out necessary paperwork.

The place you call home has changed. And while your family and friends likely know this, the post office might not.

Make sure you officially change your address through the U.S. Postal Service. You can do this on the Internet (or even on a smartphone) by heading to the Change of Address page on the U.S.P.S. website. The process takes about a minute, and it only costs a dollar.

Once your new address is established with the postal service, make sure your bank and other service providers know what your updated address is. This way all your mail and bills will make it to your new home, and you won’t have to deal with any annoying collection calls.

Be sure to update your driver’s license, vehicle registration and voter’s registration soon after you move. You want all three of these items to reflect your current address. Some of these items must be updated in a certain amount of time under law, so stay on top of it.

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