It’s finally moving day! It’s been weeks of preparing, sorting and organizing for this one special day. But like they say: “It’s not over ‘til it’s over”. Once your movers pull out with the empty moving van, you’re going to need to get situated and settled into your new home.
Most people call this the fun part, but don’t rest your feet just yet. Here are the top six tasks you’ll need to accomplish once your movers depart.
Find & Unpack Your First Night Box
What’s a First Night Box? This is one of the most important boxes you’ll move. It will contain all your necessities to keep you & your family comfortable right after your relocation. This is the last box you’ll pack at your old house.
You’ll only want your First Night Box to contain bare minimum essentials. You don’t want there to be too much clutter after a tedious day of moving. We recommend you move your first night box on your own for immediate access.
We compiled a general list of what to put in your essentials box:
Double check utilities & subscriptions
Before you move, you should contact your primary utility companies and inform them of your relocation. If you haven’t already, make sure you do so ASAP. You don’t want to lose power and water while you’re getting settled. Make sure to keep their contact information close by in the event of any emergencies. If you’re expecting a technician, make sure they’re verified and employed by the company. You don’t want to take any risks as it’ll become evident that you moved.
Remember to do a change of address on your accounts. After you figure out primary utilities, you’ll need to consider internet, phone and other services. Manage any subscriptions, newspapers, monthly boxes or meal plans. By law, you’ll need to do a change of address on your driver’s license, ID, insurance and vehicle registration within 30 days. To change online, visit the USPS website.
Detail and clean up
It’s time to pull out the cleaning supplies and thoroughly clean your new home. Take advantage of detailing all surfaces and cabinetry while they’re empty. Dust, sweep and mop throughout the entire home. Don’t forget to clean the molding. If your furniture was in a public storage, you may need to give it a good dusting. Condition any leather furniture and vacuum under cushions. Refer to a spring cleaning checklist for help.
Sometimes, your realtor can negotiate having the old owners clean the house before you settle. We recommend cleaning again with your own supplies, just in case.
If you’re overwhelmed, trust in a maid service or visit Handy.com for an easy online experience.
Complete a thorough inspection
Inspect to ensure everything looks the same since your home inspection. You should have notes on hand for any sealing that will need to be accomplished while you’re perusing. Your primary concern will be water and fire damage. Check the plumbing under every sink for leaks. As added protection, place a shallow pan underneath the pipes. Also check tight spaces & your attic where most damage goes unnoticed.
Find where your HVAC, water main valve, circuit breaker and hose connections are located. Think about scheduling a tune up with an HVAC technician to make sure your heating and air conditioning are in proper working order. This is also a perfect time to make sure your washer, dyer and refrigerator are functioning correctly. Make sure your water & gas lines are properly connected. If you’re unsure, hire a professional.
If the old homeowners didn’t patch up nail holes, make sure to note & repair before hanging anything. We recommend 3M Patch Plus Primer 4-in-1 for small hole repairs. Make sure your attached fixtures, such as towel racks, electrical, built-in items, etc. are secured. Some fixtures may need tightening from normal wear & tear. Check ceiling lights and think about replacing the old bulbs with LED or energy-efficient. There are also different shades of light for your home, such as Soft White, Bright White and Daylight. Find the one you prefer best and switch out in the future.
Change every exterior lock by calling a trusted locksmith. Determine how many spares you’ll need for you and your family. You can easily make copies at your local hardware store. Give an extra key to a nearby family member in case of an emergency.
Not sure what to do with the old keys? Online organizations like Key For Hope will collect old keys, melt them down to scrap metal and donate the profits to charity. There are also unique crafts you can find on Pinterest.
Don’t get stuck with a scammer. Do you research and make sure the locksmith is trustworthy. Angie’s list shares the top 7 tips to avoid locksmith scams.
Get to know your new neighborhood. Introduce yourself to your neighbors and exchange telephone numbers. You can find online groups on social media to keep you updated on local events, fairs and news. Take a drive (or walk) around and familiarize yourself with landmarks and important buildings. You’ll want to know the routes to your closest grocery store, gas station, hospital, bank, shopping center, township building, church and school. Make sure you’re up to date on the crime index number by visiting Neighborhood Scout.
Now is the perfect time to install a security system. This is especially important if you moved to an unfamiliar area. The security business is constantly growing, so you can easily find a system that works with your budget. For a wireless option, we recommend the Ring system.
If you recently moved, comment below and share your top move-in tips!