To Do Checklist: What To Do After You Move Home?

by Audrey Taylor

The day you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived! You’ve moved in. However, there’s still some work left to do. Yes, you feel frazzled and ready for a big nap, but there are still some important things on your moving list that need to be checked off. Then you can cozy up and indulge in the comfort of your new home. In order not to miss anything important, make a checklist to help you prioritize and keep track of all finalizing details of your move. Here are some tips that will help you along the way.

You’ve Got Mail!

Make a quick trip to your post office and make sure your address has been updated and your mail forwarded. If you haven’t registered your new address prior to your move, now’s the time to do it. If you have internet access, you can also do it online. Another important thing is to notify everyone who needs to know about your change of address, whether that’s the Social Security Office, the IRS or a company that sends you bills. This is also a good time to write down the list of all emergency numbers you might need in the future, such as nearby hospitals, the fire department, and the police department.

Change The Locks

Moving to a new neighbourhood means taking the plunge into the unknown. It’s thrilling and scary at the same time. Since you don’t know the people who had access to your home before you, changing the locks should be on the top of your list of priorities. You can get in touch with your new neighbors and ask for recommendations if you are having troubles deciding who to call. It can be a great way to get to know them. In addition to the locksmith, you can install a home security system that will undoubtedly bring you a piece of mind.

Smart Home

Whether your new home needs some repairs or you just want to upgrade it, you will want it customized according to your preferences. Making your home ‘smart’ is something you should definitely leave to the professionals. Installing a smart home system will give you better control over your home devices. Who doesn’t want an easier home life?!

Let There Be Light

Arriving at your new place and realising the lights are not working can be ridiculously frustrating. Not to mention a broken water heater or possible issues with gas or oil. To avoid this nightmare, it is advisable to check all your utilities are up and running. One of the fail-proof ways to do that is to make a list of your previous utilities and services so you don’t miss anything. While on the task, get clued up about all the safety measures you need to take in case of emergency. You need to know how to turn off the water and the power to your home, as well as the ways to shut off the gas. This may seem unnecessary, but it really can be a life-saver. While you’re checking out all of your utilities, you may also want to compare different utility suppliers to ensure you’re getting the cheapest price possible, unfortunately for homeowners it won’t be as cheap as business owners could get for their properties due to Business Gas and other utility package prices.

Moving Kit

Let’s talk about seemingly never-ending next step: unpacking. You should approach it with the same focus and organization you did when you were packing your dear belongings. Before you randomly start digging through the first box you see, look for the one with the essentials first. It should contain all the first-week necessities like toiletries, important documents, a first aid kit, bedding and some of your favorite clothing items. It is the box you pack last and open first. The next step is taking care of the kitchen stuff. Unpack the dishes and the food you might have brought with you. After you’re done with the essentials, you can carry on with the unpacking.

Decorate

A few more finishing touches and you’re all set! First things first, you should start with the walls. Choosing the right wall color will set the tone for the rest of the home. Depending on your style, it may vary from industrial dark greys to pretty pastels. Going for more natural tones can make it easier to accessorize later on, especially if you’re someone who flip-flops quite often. After the walls come the furniture. Make a splurge and buy yourself a brand new statement piece. It can be a comfy armchair or a modern lamp, and will give a sense of luxury to your nest. Dedicate some extra time to decorating your bedroom as well. Choose nice quality bedding, declutter your space and choose a nice air freshener to make your sleeping routine more relaxing and enjoyable.

Moving doesn’t have to be a nerve-racking experience. Following these tips will make it fun and stress-free. It does require some serious planning and physical effort, but unpacking can still be an exciting end of the moving process. So, instead of seeing it as a maddening experience, roll up your sleeves, take out the checklist and have fun!

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