Tips To Get Settled Into A New Home
Moving into a new home? I know how exciting it can be, so I’ve compiled a list of tips to get settled into a new home, for after you’ve moved in and the heavy lifting is done.
Let’s make sure your moving experience and getting settled in is comfortable. The hardest part of a move is getting settled in, after that, let’s handle a few loose ends that sometimes get forgotten about until the last minute.
Check Major Appliances
Be sure to check all the appliances to ensure everything is still in working order after the move in. You’ll want to make sure nothing was broken in the move or stopped working suddenly. Look at things such as your stove, dishwasher, washer and dryer, refrigerator, and microwave as well as your heating/cooling system. If you brought any appliances yourself and you used movers, you’ll want to make sure everything still works, since mover’s insurance companies give a limited time frame for when you can make a claim for damages.
Check All Of Your Boxes & Furniture
Be sure to go through all of your boxes and furniture to make sure nothing was damaged during the move. Did everything that was to arrive actually did, or did something get lost in the process. If you notice something is missing a month later, it may be too late to file a claim with the moving company. Even if you don’t plan on unpacking everything as soon as you move in, just do a quick review and inventory everything you brought to protect yourself and your belongings. Making a quick note on your phone, of how many boxes there should be for each room, is a quick way to accomplish this.
Set Up Utilities
Did you remember to set up your utilities before moving in? This is something I always send to my client’s once their lender has advised it is OK to have utility companies pull their credit, prior to moving in. Most utility companies are amazing at how quickly they can turn on utilities, or transfer them from the Seller’s name into the Buyer’s name, but occasionally, there can be a hold up. There’s nothing more frustrating than moving into your home to realize the power isn’t on. Make sure you’ve gotten with all of the necessary utility companies to have everything turned on in time for your move and coordinate that timing with your real estate agent and lender.
Register Into A Good School
Most schools have registration deadlines, so be sure to check into schools for the kids, prior to your move. If you haven’t found new schools yet, be sure to research all of them in your area, to find the right fit for your family. The sooner you can find the right school and register, the easier and less stressful it will be to get them in and settled. If you’d like a great tool to get you started checking into school info, try this website called Great Schools.
Register Your Car
If you’ve moved to a new State, you’ll want to make sure to register your car in your new hometown and update your driver’s license, tags, and plates. Some States have strict rules regarding these items, so be sure to checkout the MVD/DMV website in your new area, to see what the regulations are.
Connect To Your Neighborhood
If you are in an HOA, most have their own websites these days, so this is a great place to begin. Also, you may wish to join local Facebook Groups or get an online subscription to the local newspaper to stay in touch with what’s going on in your neighborhood. You can find out about events or concerns relating to your community and any fun activities they may be having, like a potluck or street party, so you can meet other neighbors.
Getting Your Mail
Have you updated your address with all the people you’ll be expecting to get mail from? Like your bank, friends, family, and services you still pay for after your move. Check with the post office to have things redirected to your new address while you work to update your info with everyone else. With many bills and such coming electronically these days, think of things that may only come once per year where your address needs to be updated.
Find The Right Professionals
If you’re moving far from your last home, you’ll want to have the right connections. Find new doctors, dentists, vet, handyman, plumber, etc. Add them and their phone numbers, into the contacts on your phone, for easy accessibility. In metro areas, it can sometimes take a while to become a new patient with medical providers, so start this process early to get a new patient appointment, so when you really need a doctor or dentist, you’ll be established with them and ready to go.
Emergency Contact List
If you’re moving to a new country, 911 won’t be the local emergency number. Make sure you have all the correct numbers in case of an emergency in your phone. This can also include doctors, the local police station, a vet, etc.
More than likely, you handled home insurance and home warranty during the purchasing process. If you haven’t, be sure to get those taken care of right away. You’ll also want to get your auto, health, and any other necessary household insurances sorted for your move.
If you are buying or selling a home in my area, I’d love to help – just reach out to me and let me know your real estate goals.