10 Moving Tips After Moving Into A New House
Moving Day is finally over. What now?
It’s perfectly normal to feel a little disoriented or overwhelmed while you’re still adjusting to your new living situation. There is a lot you need to think about during this time, and a lot that you might forget to do.
For this reason, My Tucson Movers has created a handy checklist to help you remember all the essential things you need to do after a move. Here’s what you ought to know:
1. Organize Your Time
It is crucial that you prioritize your post-move time first.
To make the best use of your time after a move, we recommend creating a manageable to-do list. Make a note of all the immediate tasks that you have to take care of in the upcoming weeks and set a personal deadline for each task.
This will not only help keep you organized, but it is also a great way to hold yourself accountable and ensure that you get everything done in a reasonable amount of time.
2. Don’t Put Off Unpacking
The last thing you probably want to think about right now is unpacking. However, it is not wise to simply ignore the mountain of cardboard boxes spread throughout your home. Don’t put off unpacking for too long or it may never get done.
We recommend unpacking your bedroom, bathroom and kitchen essentials first to make your first days in your new home as comfortable as possible. You can unpack and organize the remainder of your belongings gradually, at your own pace.
3. Inspect Your New Home
Chances are, you are not particularly familiar with your new space just yet. Take advantage of this time to get acquainted with your new home. Do a thorough inspection of every room in your residence and make a note of any existing damage, water leaks, or signs of pests.
Prepare yourself for emergencies by locating your circuit breaker box, main water valve and fire extinguishers. Make sure that your fire detectors are functional and take time to familiarize yourself with your alarm system, if one has been installed.
If you have pets or small children, you will want to a meticulous inspection of your home. Child-proof and pet-proof your new home by removing any potential household hazards that could cause harm to your little ones.
4. Update Your Postal Address
Regardless of whether you moved nearby, relocated to a new city in the same state, or completed a cross country move, your mailing address will be different.
Changing your postal address is something you will want to do as soon as possible in order to avoid missing any important correspondence. To change your mailing address, simply visit your local post office and fill out a change of address form. Alternatively, you may go to the USPS website and fill out the form electronically.
Additionally, it is a good idea to contact any schools, banks, credit card companies, insurance companies and other relevant institutions and alert them of your change of address. If you have moved to a new city or state, don’t forget to update your voter’s registration information or register to vote!
5. Find A Good School for Your Children
If you have a school-age child, it is recommended that you do some research on the schools in your area to find a new school for your child. A good way to do this is to seek recommendations from neighbors or do a simple online search.
Call the schools beforehand and be sure to ask about any requirements and deadlines. You may also want to arrange a meeting with the principal or teacher to determine if the school would be a good fit for your child.
6. Find Family Health Care Providers
One thing people often forget to do after a move is find a new health care provider or primary care doctor. Similar to the process of finding a good school, recommendations from neighbors, friends and coworkers are a great way to find reputable professionals.
7. Register Your Car
Are you moving out of state?
If so, you are going to need to register your vehicle in the new state and transfer your driver’s license in some cases. Some states have specific deadlines for vehicle registration, so it’s a good idea to contact your local DMV for more information and get this handled as soon as possible to avoid fines.
8. Help Your Pets Feel at Home
Moving can be especially stressful for your dog or cat. Animals like constancy and a sudden change in environment can cause a lot of unnecessary anxiety for your pet.
Help familiarize your pets with their new environment and watch them closely during the first few weeks to prevent them from getting lost. Update pet tags with your new contact information and don’t let them roam alone until they are fully acclimated with their new home.
9. Meet Your Neighbors
Everybody could use a little guidance when moving to a completely unfamiliar environment. It’s probable that you will need your neighbors’ suggestions or help at some point, so why not introduce yourself right off the bat?
Getting to know your neighbors will also help you feel like a part of the community and this will help speed up the acclimation process.
10. Explore Your Surroundings
Go for a drive or walk around and explore the different parts of your new city. Find out where the most essential places are located- including supermarkets, banks, hospitals, post offices, schools, banks, etc.
Getting familiar with your surroundings will help you feel more comfortable about living in your new city.
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At My Tucson Movers, we know that moving can be a stressful time for you and your family. So, we are dedicated to making your relocation as comfortable as possible. We will do whatever it takes to make your next local or long distance move as quick and easy as possible.
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