Move In List: What To Do Next

Move In ListThere's no doubt about the fact that moving is a busy time. Between unpacking, paperwork, and getting to know your new community, it's easy to get a bit disorganized. It's also easy to let a few details of the move slip away from you. One of the best ways to ensure that you're prepared for a smooth transition is to make a plan before you start. Know which items you won't need immediately and plan to unpack those items at a later time and make sure that all of the things you will need are unpacked first.

Here are some other items to consider to help make the transition into your new home as smooth as possible:

After Buying A Home:

  • Set up basic utilities. Reach out to the local electric company and telephone service providers and set up your power, internet, and cell service. Ideally, you'll want to have all of these switched on the day you move in.
  • Keep organized. It's easy to get lost in a flurry of half-collapsed boxes and spilled packing peanuts, but you want your new home to be comfortable, and one of the best ways to do that is to keep your new home clean. Recycle boxes as you no longer need them, and have cleaning solutions on hand so that you can wipe up any messes you find or create as you go along.
  • Change the locks. While the previous owners may have given you their set of keys, there's no guarantee that they haven't given a copy of their keys to a family-friend or an old neighbor over the years. A new lock is inexpensive and makes certain that you are the only one who has access to your home.
  • If you've moved to a new town, it may be necessary to enroll your child in a new school. It's important that you consider what time of year you'll be moving and do this at the appropriate time. In some cases, it may be necessary to start this process before you leave. Additionally, it is often helpful to bring your child's medical records. Many schools require immunization before they will accept a student.
  • Don't forget about special services. You may need to connect with the city to schedule your weekly garbage pick-up. Likewise, if reading the local newspaper is important to you, you may have to contact the local newsprint office and sign up for a subscription.
  • Account for any other special services you may already be signed up for. If you are subscribed to a magazine or you are part of a professional or alumni association, they will need an updated address. Don't forget to inform your family and friends too!
  • If you have moved to a different state, it may be necessary to change your driver's license and your voter's registration.
  • File your important settlement papers and closing statements in a place where you can easily keep track of them. You will likely need them during tax season next year, and it's important that these aren't lost in the shuffle.

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