Congratulations on moving to your new home! Though it may seem like this daunting process has finally come to an end, your work isn’t finished yet—whether you’re moving around the corner from your old place, or to a whole new city, your post-move to-do list is waiting for you to get settled in.
But don’t worry! If you’re not sure where to start, here’s a post-move checklist that will keep you organized and stress-free as you settle into your new home. Some items may seem obvious, but even the savviest movers can forget the basics.
Unpack, organize and clean
Take advantage of the opportunity to reset and get a fresh start with all your belongings and pay attention to how and where you unpack all your things. If you’re in need of some organizational help, keep a list as you sort through the boxes so that you can make a trip to the home goods or hardware store to pick up anything you might need like:
- Storage bins
- Under bed drawers
- Bathroom organizers
- Any other necessities you may need!
When it comes to unpacking your entire house, think about the rooms that you’ll use the most during your first week in your new place: focus on setting up the bathroom, and then take on the bedrooms next. If you’re not a big fan of cooking, the kitchen can probably wait until the weekend—but if you’re a coffee fiend, you may want to get that coffee pot unpacked and set up upon arrival!
Make note of any damage that may have occurred to your furniture or belongings during the move and file an insurance claim with your moving company—taking care of this quickly will ensure that you’ll be reimbursed for any damage right away!
Also, your home will never be this easy to clean ever again. With all of your boxes stacked in one area, the empty space will make mopping, dusting and scrubbing a breeze!
Inspect your new place
As you unpack and start to settle in, keep a list of little things around the house that you might need to fix. For example, if you notice a chip in a wall in the foyer caused by the move, add it to the list. Does the bathroom faucet leak? Maybe you didn’t notice it during your final walk-through. You may not get to it right away, and if you let it sit there for a long time, chances are you’ll never repair it.
- Keeping a list as you start to unpack will allow you to prioritize these small repairs and bring in a handy man to take care of everything all at once.
Also, take note of where important items are in your new home, like the water shut-off valve, the fuse box, and the sprinkler system control panel.
Call the water company, cable company, and gas and electric company to make sure that your new accounts are set up. You may have to schedule a day for someone to come out and check your meters and run new cable lines, so it’s important to take care of these calls as soon as possible. Some companies may even have the option to schedule your moving appointment online.
Consider changing the locks after your move
Whether you’re renting or are the proud new homeowner, security is important. Think about getting new locks and schedule an appointment with a locksmith. It should only take a few hours and you’ll be glad to not have to worry about the previous owners having keys to your place!
Make it official and update your address where needed
Now that you have a new address, there’s some important people that you’ll need to notify about you’re your move.
- First, inform your employer if you haven’t already, so that any checks or important paperwork can find their way to your new place.
- Notify your credit card companies (most credit cards will let you fill out a change of address form right on the website), as well as any retirement accounts you may have, and other financial institutions like your bank.
- If you subscribe to magazines or newspapers, call their customer service department so that they can change your address in their system.
You can stop by or go online to fill out a forwarding request—this will basically trigger the post office to reroute your mail from your old place to your new one. Most forwarding requests can only be active for a couple of months, so you’ll still need to change your addresses with all the institutions we mentioned above, but forwarding your mail is a good stop gap.
Enroll your child in their new school
If your move has been stressful for you, it’s probably even more so for your children. A great way to get them settled quickly and easily is by familiarizing them with their new school. If you haven’t found the school you’d like to enroll them in yet, it’s time to get to work. Seek recommendations from family, friends, and neighbors to find the most reputable institution so that your child can continue their education almost immediately upon arrival, as to not miss too much of the school year.
Get to know your new neighborhood
Moving means you’ll need to find a new grocery store, café or coffee shop, bakery, pharmacy, and more. Spend a few weekends exploring your new neighborhood and trying some of the restaurants in the area. Ask your neighbors for recommendations!
Once you complete all of these post-move items, all that’s left to do is settle in and make a home in your new space. If you’re still in the process of moving, give Dowell’s Moving & Storage a call at 250-361-9866 and get a quote for your move, today!