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Things To Do After You Move Into A New House

things to do after moving into a new house

Written by Andrew

June 11, 2020

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Now that moving day is done it’s time for the things to do after you move. Here is everything you should do after you have moved into a new house and completed your moving timeline.

This should be the last section of your moving binder and the final items to check off of your moving checklist. The big thing about moving is that it is a lot easier when you have a moving checklist to work off of. With one it will help you get everything else done that needs to be taken care of now that you are in your new house, new city, and ready to roll!

Start and finish any renovations

If you can start and finish all renovations that you want to get done before you make the house your own. This can be  hard but it’s easier to live out of boxes now and deal with a little dust than it is to start in a few months when things are more settled in.  This is a key thing tod after moving and you will be so grateful that you did.

 

Clean the new place before you unpack

The first day in your house everything will be a mess from movers and friends going everywhere with boxes. Take time to clean the room before you unpack it and you will be happy you did.

 

Inspect the house

Is everything that you agree upon in your deal there? Your purchase agreement will state that some items were to be included (and in working condition), make sure you have everything that you are legally owed and that it is working. If there is anything missing or broken call your lawyer to deal with it.  It’s a good idea to make notes and take photos of important things to look for when buying a house so that you can make sure they are the same from the condition you saw and bought them. For instance did they swap out the fridge or dishwasher for a cheaper model. Make your notes and if there are any issues let your lawyer know. 

If you are moving into a brand new home you will want to make sure everything is there and do a final walk through of the house and look for things that may need to be dealt with. Also it’s a good idea to call the real estate company that was selling the house and see if you can resolve this matter without lawyers if it’s something simple. 

 

Inspect your boxes

Before you pay the movers check all your items to make sure your free moving boxes are in good condition and nothing has broken from the move. Click here if you want some color coded free moving labels to make your life easier.

 

Pay the moving company

Once you have inspected the home using this checklist, and inspected the furniture and boxes you need to pay the moving company. This likely may have already been done but it’s a good idea to call and follow up. If you have any issues from the movers now is a good time to bring them up. They may offer you a discount on your moving costs to compensate for your troubles.

 

Find out where the fuse box is located

Like the main water shut off valve, know where this is before the power goes. Also see what type of electrical panel it is and if you need anything.

 

Find out where the emergency shut off valve is for the water main

The time to find your emergency shut off valve is now. Not when you need it. Take a few minutes to find out where your water shut off valve is and inspect the hot water tank too. If there is no hot water tank tray below it, know that when the water tank breaks it will be leaking water everywhere. Make a note of the people who installed it (there is usually a sticker on top) and put it in your home binder in case of an emergency.

 

Unpack your necessities

SO. MANY. BOXES. If you followed our packing timeline you will likely have been packing for at least a month or two and the idea of unpacking everything is completely overwhelming. Make a plan and first unpack everything you need right away (clothing, pots and pans, commemorative Elvis plates) and leave the other stuff for as you need it.

You’ll be surprised at what you don’t use when you unpack. It’s been 10 years and we just opened our last box. Turns out we didn’t need the yardstick glasses from Vegas after all!

 

Update your address with the post office and friends

Send out notices to anyone you are friends with about your change of address. Go to the post office and notify them of your new address and have all your mail forwarded on from the old address. You may be able to change your address online here. 

 

Register your drivers license

Next you will want to register and get a new drivers license. I know the sound of going down to the DMV doesn’t elicit fun things, but it needs to be done and out of the way. Plus it’s better to go in the first day or two having a local ID just makes things easier.

 

Register your vehicle

If you have moved to a new state, go and register your vehicles and get the addresses changed. Your premiums may be different so make sure you look around for a few different options. Things like pay per mile insurance are growing in popularity if you will be working from home or if your using public transportation to commute.

 

Register with school and daycare

If you have kids you will need to register with the school and set up their first day and find out what is expected. See if the transcripts made it to the new school and if not, bring your copies in so they can make a copy of their own.

 

Register with doctors and health care providers

Doctors can be busy at different times of day, and different times of the year so make sure that you contact them after you move in and book your appointment.

 

Book any medical appointments for the family

Depending on your family needs you may need to make specialist appointments and get referrals, arrange to have these appointments made with your previous doctors and specialists.

 

Register with the Veterinarian

If you have any pets, contact your new veterinarians office and arrange for your pets records to be transferred. See if there are any protocols in place for bringing a new pet into the clinic and arrange for it to happen.

 

Book a hair appointment

Let’s just be honest, you need to find a hairdresser if you haven’t already. If you do book your first appointment. Good hairdresser book up quickly and you will want to make sure you have an appointment in the coming month or so. Make sure to provide them with your email address so you can start getting things electronically.

 

Introduce yourself to the new neighbors

Did you cringe just a little when you read this? Of course meeting new people in real life is always a little hard. But they are curious about you, so walk over and introduce yourself. It’s a good way to get the details on the house, the people who lived there before and get a vibe for how people are in the area. Plus it’s always good to have people looking out for your place when you aren’t around.

 

Call the utility companies

If you didn’t do it on moving day, call the utility companies immediately and get your accounts switched over. Take pictures of the meters and make a note somewhere. Also book any installations that need to happen to get your services up and running. If you are needing internet or phone Xifinity often has great sign up deals.

 

Change the locks

Moving into a house means that your locks may have multiple keys out there. Book the locksmith to come in and change the locks. If you are tech you can always choose a smart lock that will help you monitor things. Smart home technology is so cool!

If you are thinking it might be expensive realize that the people who owned the house before you could have given out 30 keys to the place over their time living there and all it takes is one unscrupulous person to decide to let themselves in and steal your Elvis plates. It’s worth the cost to get them changed, or to DIY change the locks on your own.

 

Inspect the windows for any unlocked windows or broken latches

Just like the lock changing, inspect the windows to make sure everything closes properly and can lock. If there are sliding windows that can’t be locked, put a stick in the slider to prevent people from opening it.

 

Install a security system

Wherever you are a security system is a good idea. For many having the system actually lowers the amount of insurance. For us we save more on our house insurance premiums than it actually costs for the monitoring. Plus there is the peace of mind knowing the house is secure. You can go with a smart home security system or get a security system professionally installed. It’s a good idea to get this done. Check out Xifinity’s home security package here.

 

Test the fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

Go and quickly test each of the fire alarms and see if you need to have the batteries replaced if some aren’t working.

 

Keep a list of what you need

Going through this whole moving day process the biggest of all moving tips is to keep a list of what you need to buy. We will get to shopping soon, but for now keep a running list of all the things you need on your first store run.

 

Find out what day is garbage day

Call the city and see if there is anything you need to do to be ready for garbage day. You may need special cans or have to pay a fee for collection.

 

Decorate the house and arrange the furniture to make it yours

I can bet that where you put the furniture on day 1 is not where it will be on day 30 in your new house. It’s not because it’s in a bad place, but as you live in the house more you will notice little things like daylight coming in at times of day. Or awkward spaces that need to be adjusted for. Take some time to move the furniture around and see what looks best and what feels best.

 

Arrange for cleaners at the old place

One that often gets forgotten, and one of the things to do before you move is to arrange for you house to be cleaned. If your old house is being professionally cleaned before you sell it and give possession make sure you have arranged for the cleaners to come in and do their thing.

 

Take photos of the house

Your new house is only empty for a day and then it’s going to be full of your stuff and items. So make sure you take some pictures of your house when you move in and once you have unpacked. I find I go back to the pictures of our move and am always amazed at how it looked when we moved in to how it looks now.

 

Get used to the place

If you have kids and pets the whole moving experience can be a lot to take in. Make sure you give your family time to get used to living in the new space and realize that they are adapting to things just like you are. It will take time but very soon it will start to feel like home.

 

If you have children, child proof the house

Kids in a new house will be a challenge. Make sure you have all of your childproofing items and get ready to have them set up as quickly as possible. Try and see things from their height. Stuff that you would ignore may be the first thing they go for because it is at their eye level.

 

Go shopping

Lastly if you need items, and you will trust me, go out and buy what you need a new home checklist can help you make sure you have everything you could possibly need and more. This should be the last of the things to do after moving into a new house because if you go at the beginning you will likely be going multiple times.

 

Final Thoughts on Things to do After you Move

Once you are in your new house everything will be good, it just takes a few days for the proverbial dust to settle and for you to make it your own. It will happen so enjoy the process you only move a few times in your life and this is the time that memories are made. I hope you have enjoyed these moving tips and that you found the important items on this that need to be dealt with quickly. Enjoy doing the things you need to do after you move.

 

Get Our After Moving Checklist

There are a lot of things on this list, to make it easier for you we have made an after moving timeline checklist. This list of things to do when moving into a new house

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