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Essential Things to Do After Moving
So, you just got into your new place. Once the last box gets off the moving truck, it can feel a little overwhelming. That is why we put together a list of things you can do to make your post-move time a little less stressful.
Plan Your Unpacking
It may be tempting to just start unpacking boxes. However, that can lead to you going from room to room, unpacking a few things at a time, and having boxes left to unpack months after your move. Instead, make a plan to unpack your boxes in a logical order. Many people start with the kitchen, but unless you have moved perishables the kitchen can wait. What you really want to start with is the bathrooms!
Our suggested order is:
- Living Room
- Other Rooms
Lots of people leave boxes packed around their house. However, it is better to just bite the bullet and get them unpacked. With the exception of things like holiday décor or saved memorabilia, if you do not need to unpack a box, you should not have moved the stuff into your new home. So, dedicate the first day or two to unpacking. They may be long, hard days, but you will feel so much better when the unpacking is finished.
Throw Stuff Out
When you are unpacking, you are going to realize that you brought things that you are not going to use in your new house. Resist the urge to shove them in the closet or the garage. Instead, join a neighborhood for sale or for a free page and post that they are available. In most neighborhoods, they will be picked up off of your curb by the end of the day!
Get to Know Your New Home
There are things you need to know about your home before an emergency happens. So, spend time locating
- Hot water heater
- Water shut off valves
- Main drain lines
- Alarm boxes
- Fire alarms (change their batteries while you are at it)
If you have small children in the home, this is an excellent time to begin child-proofing.
Change Your Mailing Address
Fill out a change of address form and make sure you can access your mailbox. Do not forget to change your voter registration, as well!
Drive or Walk Around Your New Neighborhood
Make note of important locations. Essentials include
- Closest ER
- Nearby grocery stores
- 24 Hour pharmacy
You might also look for parks for kids, houses of worship, dog parks, or other places your family will want to frequent.