Important things to do after the move

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So you’ve finished moving – congratulations are in order! You’re ready to celebrate with your friend and family and settle into an exciting new chapter in your life. Unfortunately, it’s not time to relax just yet. While you’ve finished the most difficult part, there are still some things you need to do before calling your relocation truly finished. If you skip or forget some of these steps, you’re bound to have more trouble down the road. Fear not though, we’re here to remind you of the most important things to do after the move.

Organize your time

Remember the stressful ordeal of relocation? If you’ve planned well ahead, you’ve probably learned how to move stress-free and achieve a smooth transition. Well, it’s time to unpack that yellow legal pad and pen and put it to good use once more! If you want to be comfortable in your new home, planning your post-move time will be key! The better you organize yourself and plan your things to do after the move, the sooner you’ll be able to enjoy your new home!

Apart from creating a simple to-do-list with all tasks, you’ll want to manage your time as tightly as possible. If you do that right, your post-move transition phase will last as short as possible, and you’ll finally be able to rest. With this in mind, a calendar with all of your post-relocation chores is a must-have for the next few weeks. Let’s not forget you’ve probably got a new job, so you’ll need to complete your post-moving checklist while simultaneously settling into your new job! So, not only should you plan your week, but also try to plan out your days in as much detail as you can. This will go a long way towards a stress-free transition.

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Organizing your time is one of the most important things to do after the move!

Home-related things to do after the move

If you’ve organized your time well according to our advice, the next parts of your post-move adaptation hopefully won’t be too much of a chore. Before you go out exploring your new neighborhood, local community, and town, there are a few important things to do around the house. First of all, you should make some calls regarding your utilities. If you haven’t done this before the move, calling the utility companies is important among the things to do after the move. You’ll need to notify the local power and water providers, as well as the companies that deal with sewage, trash, and gas. After this, you can move onto secondary utilities such as internet providers or the phone companies.

Electrical lines.
You won’t be able to enjoy your new home until you sort out the utilities!

The second important thing to do after the move is dealing with home security. First of all, make sure you contact a local locksmith and change your home locks. This may seem paranoid, but think about it – you can never really know who else may have a set of keys to your brand new home if you don’t do this right away. Then make a spare set of keys, as well as copies for other members of your household. Also, ask around for a reputable home security company, if you want to install a new security system.

Important things around town

If you’ve finished the most important things to do after moving into your new household, you’re more than halfway there! However, there is still some stuff to do outside the house that you’ll need to complete before properly enjoying your new home.

First of all, you’ll want to go out and explore your neighborhood a bit. Take a long walk, look around, see where important places are located. For example, you’ll want to learn where the nearest fast food places and restaurants are. Also, you’d be wise to learn where the nearest pharmacy is as soon as possible, in case of an emergency. And while we’re talking about medical emergencies, also find local healthcare providers.

If you’re starting a job in a new city right away, you’ll also need to familiarize yourself with the public transport system – provided you don’t drive a car. Speaking of cars, there’s another more place you’ll need to visit if you’ve completed an interstate move – the DMV. Provided you have a motor vehicle, if you’ve relocated to another state you’ll have to register it with the DMV. Find out where the local office is and go down there – it’s really important to register your car, get new license plates, and transfer your driver’s license.

Other important things to do after the move

So we’ve gone over your post-moving household chores, as well as the things around town. Is the hugely stressful business of moving now over? Well, not quite. There are a lot of smaller things to do after the move. These are things that seem unimportant enough that you can sometimes forget them, so we’re going to remind you of some:

  • Cleaning – We know you’re not likely to forget about cleaning your house in general. However, there are still a few details that could slip your mind. Make sure to get the carpets in the new house or apartment cleaned as soon as possible. Also, if you have a chimney make sure you sweep it before cleaning anything else.
  • Extra keys – We’ve already mentioned making copies of the house keys for your family, but you shouldn’t forget keys for the nanny, or babysitter – even a dog walker if you have one.
  • Check your things – Moving can be a hectic job. Depending on the quality of the moving company you’ve hired, there could still be some breakage. During unpacking, check your belongings box by box and make sure everything’s still in one piece. Also, after you place your appliances check to make sure they still work. If your belongings haven’t been treated with care, consider hiring reliable Florida movers in the future.
  • Update your address – Make sure you change your voting and postal address to your new home. Otherwise, some important mail will be delivered to your old place. In that case, who knows whether it will be forwarded to you at all!
A vintage envelope sealed with wax.
If you don’t update your mailing address on time, you can miss a very important letter!

Remember our advice and put it to practice, and you’ll be enjoying your new home in no time at all!