Relocating to a new city is a big life change that can be exciting and adventurous. However, the stress of moving and learning a new area can also leave you feeling overwhelmed. There is so much to remember once you make it to your new house that can start your mind racing and leave your body feeling stressed.
Combat those feeling by using this checklist to help you achieve a smooth and easy transition immediately following your relocation. Once you’ve completed the list, you’ll be ready to sit back and enjoy your new home and settle into your new community.
Inspect Your New Home and Check Your Belongings
There’s more to moving into a new home than unpacking boxes. Before you get too comfortable, be sure to complete the following safety-oriented tasks:
- Check window locks and change door locks.
- Reprogram garage door and security alarm codes.
- Inspect the house thoroughly for visible signs of damage, plumbing leaks, and rodents.
- Connect and check major appliances (fridge/freezer, stovetop/oven, microwave, washer/dryer).
- Locate fuse box and main water valve.
- Check smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries.
- Childproof by identifying hazards such as furniture or boxes that can top over, long cords, and unprotected electrical outlets.
Now you’re ready to complete the following move-in tasks:
- Check your boxes and belongings for damage.
- Take “before” photographs of your home for security deposit reasons and also as a keepsake.
- Unpack and decorate as time allows.
- Take extra or unneeded items to a self-storage unit for safe keeping. Call 1.877.STORE.HERE for units of any size and budget.
Turning On Utilities and Hiring Out Services
Before you can get too far on your path to settling in, you’ll need to call the following utility companies to get everything turned on and set up in your new house:
- Waste Management (trash and recycling pick up)
Do some online and word-of-mouth research to get started on hiring the following services:
- Nanny or babysitter
- Cleaning services
- Landscape company
- Pest control
Updating Your Address and Phone Number
There are a variety of people and places who must have your new address and phone number updated in their contacts list or database. They include the following:
- Friends and family
- Employers and schools
- Post office and subscription services
- DMV for your driver’s license
- Bank and credit card companies
- Financial companies (Lenders, 401k provider, stockbroker, etc.)
- Home, auto, life, and health insurance companies
- Mail-order prescriptions
- Rewards programs
Also, six months after your move, be sure to check your credit report as changing your address can make you more susceptible to fraud due to the mass exchange of personal information that takes place through the mail and online.
Registering in Your Community
After your move you’ll need to reregister with the following:
- Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
- Voting district
Preparing for Emergencies
It’s a good idea to know the following locations and contact information before an emergency so you can get help quickly should you need it:
- Police and fire stations
- “In-network” after-hours clinic, hospital, and pharmacy
Getting to Know the Area
Getting to know the following places will help ease your transition and make you feel more a part of your new community:
- Gas stations
- Donation centers
Getting to know your neighbors on a personal level will go a long way to making you feel welcome in the neighborhood. Take time to introduce yourself and make an effort to attend local social events. Another great way to “get into the know” is by subscribing to the local newspaper or community magazine.
Once you are more familiar with your new house and community, you’ll be able to start making the transition complete by concentrating on making it feel more like home.