Congratulations on your recent move! Hopefully you hired the professionals at Town Moving to make your move nice and easy, and now you are ready to settle in. Unfortunately, many feel stressed even after a successful move because who knows if you’ve remembered everything? To help, we’ve compiled a list of five things that are a must after moving.
(Still working on getting ready for the big move? See our list of five things to do before your move.)
Inspect Your New Place and Belongings
Whether you have bought a new home or are renting a different apartment, it is key to take photos of your new place to document any damage – both to avoid later charges when renting and to potentially collect any owed money for repairs if you have purchased the home. For renters, this can be especially useful in case there are any questions when you move out. Having documentation helps to prove the conditions when you moved in are the same as they were when you leave.
Change Your Locks
You may not have the luxury of changing your locks when renting, but you should definitely take the time to change the locks if you have purchased a new home. There is no way to know exactly who had access to the keys to your home previously and you should not risk your own safety or theft. You can even go one step further by installing a new security system so that you feel fully protected.
Go to the DMV
Although nobody enjoys a visit to the Department of Motor Vehicles, it is a necessary task when you have moved. At the very least, you will need to update your voter registration and get a new driver’s license with your new address, but you may also need to register your car and get new plates or tags if you have just moved into the state. Just pull the Band-Aid off quickly and get this off your to-do list as soon as possible.
Find New Physicians and Other Local Professionals
If you have moved too far from your previous doctor or dentist, you will need to take the time to find new ones near your new home. Check with your insurance company to help you find the best choices for your plan and schedule your first checkup appointment. You should also consider looking for a new vet, baby sitter and even a new school for your kids if you haven’t already. It’s important to complete this task right after your move so you can avoid unnecessary stress during an emergency.
How to Handle Your Trash
You are going to have a ton of trash and recycling after your move. If you are renting, find out from your landlord how best to dispose of your cardboard and where you should place trash on a daily or weekly basis. If you’ve purchased a home, find out when your trash day is and what type of items the local municipality will pick up for you. Depending on the situation, you may need to drop off your trash and recycling at a local depot.
Once you finish these five tasks, you can start unpacking and enjoying your new home. And once all the dust has settled, don’t forget to leave a review for Town Moving on Yelp!