Getting Settled in Your New Home

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Are you moving into a new home? That can be very exciting! I have compiled a list of things that you can do after your move to be sure that your experience is a good one. The most difficult part of moving into a new home is getting settled in. After that, you have to handle some loose ends that may get forgotten until the last minute.

Check All Major Appliances

Remember to check that all the appliances work.  Make sure nothing was broken during the move or stopped working. Look at the refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, washer and dryer.  If you brought your own appliances and you used movers, make sure everything still works as soon as you can. If they broke anything,  you want to be sure to make a claim against the moving company.

Check All the Boxes & Furniture

Be sure to go through all the boxes and your furniture to make sure nothing got damaged during the move. You want to make sure that everything arrived and nothing got lost during the moving process. If you notice something is missing a week later, it could be too late to file a claim with the moving company. Even if you don’t unpack everything the minute you move in, you should still do a quick review and check everything.

Set Up the Utilities

Remember to set up your utility accounts before moving in!  It’s extremely frustrating when you move into your home, then realize the lights don’t work. Make sure you contact all of the local utility companies to have everything turned on and ready to go in time for your move in date.

Register Your Kids for School

If you’re moving into a new school district and your kids will be attending a different school, it’s a good idea to get ahead of this as soon as you can. Contact the proper schools and make sure you register them as soon as possible.

Register Your Vehicle(s)

If you’ve moved to a new state you definitely need to take care of this right away. You need to make sure you register your car in your new hometown, update your driver’s license, tags, and plates. Even if you just move down the street, this should be done in a timely manner.

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Connect with the Neighborhood

Find out as much as you can about the area. Talk to the chamber of commerce, community centers and local events and happenings. You can also check out local Facebook groups.

Update Your Mail with the Post Office

Remember to update your address for everyone in your home. Ask yourself who you’ll be expecting mail from? Places like your bank, credit card companies, friends, family, and other services you will pay for after your move. Check with the local post office to have all of your mail redirected to your new address as you work to update your info with everyone else.

Find New Professional Service Providers

If you are moving far  away from your previous home, make sure you have information on the professionals in the area. You may need a new doctor, dentist, vet, plumber, etc.  Get referrals when you can, and always look at their online reviews.

Your Emergency Contact List 

Make sure you have all the correct local emergency numbers. This list should include doctors, the local police station, a vet, etc.

Insurance Companies

I'm sure you've handled home insurance and home warranty during the purchasing process. If you haven’t,  you must those taken care of right away. You should also get your auto, health, and any other necessary household insurances sorted for your move.

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