A Checklist For A Successful Move

Moving Tasks Check List

It is not easy to move to a new home. There are many things that need to be done and if you are not familiar with the community, you may not be aware of all of the considerations. Below is a checklist of the top 10 things to do before during and after your move to make sure that your relocation goes smoothly.

  1. Arrange utilities for your new home - While the local utility may run the electric wire or natural gas pipes to your home, some states let you choose your electricity and/or your natural gas supplier. Contact the local utility first and then look into other energy supply options. Phone, cable and Internet are sometimes sold together and sometimes the services are provided by separate companies. Garbage collection may be provided by the town or require you to hire a private company. Water service may be from a private or public company or a well. Your real estate professional should be able to provide some guidance on all of these.
  2. Contact insurers - See if you need to adjust coverage or perhaps obtain new policies for your home, auto or health because of your move. This is especially important if you have moved to a new state where different laws may require different coverage.
  3. Find the right school - If you have children, schools may have been taken into consideration before you chose your new town or neighborhood, but before moving, research the public and private school options available to you. Visit the schools and meet with the administration. Use social media to hear from other parents with children at these schools before you make a decision. Also remember to ask about transportation options. Then make sure you register your children as soon as you are able.
  4. Receive your mail - Contact the post office to forward the mail from your old address to your new home. Since forwarding will only happen for a limited time and only on certain types of mail, it is also important that you contact credit card companies, financial institutions, catalogs, subscription publications, and even family and friends to tell them what your new address is and ask them to start using it immediately.
  5. Make your home secure - One of the first things you should do after moving in to a new home is to change the locks and reprogram your garage door. If your home has an alarm system, contact the provider to learn about service plans and fees. If your home does not have an alarm, you may wish to contact alarm companies prior to your move if you feel this is important.
  6. Make your home safe - Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors upon moving in. Change batteries and add additional monitors if necessary. Make sure there are also fire extinguishers available on each floor particularly in the kitchen and near the furnace. Find the main circuit breaker for the house as well as the water and furnace (if applicable) shutoffs and make sure that you know how to properly use them. Clean the dryer vent and chimney flu before using either. Make an emergency evacuation plan.
  7. Is everything working? - Check all of your appliances to make sure they are working. Hopefully your building inspector examined your heating and air conditioning systems but also check them yourself. Read all manuals to make sure you know how everything works. If you were not able to get owners manuals from the previous occupant, many manuals can be obtained online.
  8. Make sure you are registered - Update drivers licenses and vehicle registrations and make sure the department of motor vehicles has your new address. Also remember to update your voter registration so that you are ready to participate in the next election.
  9. Find local professionals - Find doctors, dentists and other healthcare providers near your new home and consider setting up relationships with local banks, financial and legal professionals. Neighbors, online directories and social media can help guide you to ones that may best meet your needs.
  10. Make your home more energy-efficient - Consider changes to make your home to use less energy :
  • Check the attic insulation
  • Lower the hot water heater temperature to 120 degrees
  • Wrap exposed pipes with insulation
  • Install programmable or smart thermometers
  • Make sure no faucets or toilets are running or leaking
  • Replace air handling filter(s)
  • Clean all vents
  • Replace incandescent bulbs with CFLs or LEDs
  • Choose energy-efficient appliances
  • Air seal your home and its heating/air conditioning vents

Enjoy your new home!




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