Settling Into Your New Home

  • Check major appliances.
    If you moved major appliances, such as a stove, dishwasher, washer or dryer, check to make sure all appliances and electronics are working to ensure nothing was damaged during the move. This is particularly true if the mover prepared your appliances for the move. Your insurance policy may have a limited time in which to make a claim. Since these are big ticket items, you should make sure they’re all working
  • Check all boxes and furniture.
    to make sure nothing was damaged during the move. You should also make sure everything arrived and nothing was lost. You can do this by conducting a home inventory. Again, if you find your stuff was damaged at all, contact the mover and your insurance company to submit a claim. It’s important to do this immediately upon moving in or the insurance company may not reimburse you.
  • Get your utilities set up.
    Before you can check your electronics, make sure all your services are up and running. There’s nothing worse than arriving at your new place, late at night, and the lights don’t work.
  • Collect receipts.
    Make sure you keep all receipts and documentation related to your move in one file and keep the file in a safe, secure place. Make sure you have your Bill of Lading and payment receipt. You may be able to claim your move on your next tax return and you’ll need all the necessary receipts to make your claim
  • Register your vehicle.
    If you’ve moved states, provinces or countries, register your car and get a new driver’s license, tags and/or plates for your vehicles. Check your local DMV for more information
  • Register to vote.
    Again, if you’ve moved cities, it’s important to make sure you’re on the voter’s registration for your local area. You should also make sure you’ve updated all important files and documents with your new address.
  • Get connected to your new neighborhood.
    Buy a subscription to the local newspaper or community magazine. This will quickly get you up to speed on what’s happening in your neighborhood.
  • Are you getting your mail.
    Check with the post office or your old residence to make sure you’re mail is being forwarded and that you’ve registered your new address. Send e-mails or moving announcements to your friends and family with your new address and phone number.
  • Find new health professionals.
    including doctors, a dentist and vet.  While this task can be put off for a bit, you’ll be glad you know who to call when an emergency hits.
  • Create an emergency contact list.
    Whenever I move to a new city or town, I always take the time to create an emergency contact list of all the local information I’ll need should something happen.
  • Take care of your finances.
    set up new accounts, have money transferred or order new checks with your new address.
  • Contact insurance companies.
    including household, auto and health. Find out if you’re currently covered or if you need to create new policies with a new company. This is important to check especially if you’re moving to a new state or province.
  • Get a library card.
    one for each member of the family. Once you have a library card, you can consider yourself, home!
  • Find the nearest
    post office, bank, grocery store, police department, fire department, and hospital.
  • Call your towns sanitation department
    and see if curbside pickup is offered for trash and recycling.
  • Get acquainted with the rules and regulations.
    of your apartment complex or homeowners’ association.
  • Make it official.
    Once you’ve made it official, you can focus on the fun stuff. Introduce yourself to the neighbors, and take a few meandering walks until you learn your way around. Go shopping downtown, or join the health club. Make it your goal to find the best pizza delivery, deli, or takeout in your neighborhood. It may take some time to adjust, but before you know it, you’ll feel like a local!