After all of the heavy lifting is over, and your last box is moved into your home, you may think that the hardest part of your move is over – and you may be right! But maybe not!
Some important tasks that you’ll need to complete in order to get settled into your new place remain. Use this post-move checklist by Leaf Filter to help you remember some very important post-move tasks:
1. Check all boxes and furniture
Make sure nothing was damaged during the move and make sure that everything has arrived before dismissing the movers. This way, if you need file a claim, it will start out on the right foot. In order to make sure nothing was lost during the move, you may want to conduct a home inventory list prior to moving.
2. Inspect Your Home Thoroughly
One of the first things you’ll want to do as a homeowner after moving into a new home is to thoroughly inspect your house. Some things to look for include plumbing leaks, running toilets, dripping faucets, and any sign of damage from water or fire. Make sure to check the exterior of your home, in addition to the interior, for any potential problems.
3. Ensure all of Your Utilities are Turned On
On the day of your move in, make sure that your water, power, gas, cable, and internet is all turned on and ready to go. Contact your utility company if anything seems to not be working.
4. Switch over Your Accounts
Now that you are all settled in, and not overwhelmed by your move, you’ll need to take a look at all of your accounts that have your old mailing address still. Use this change of address checklist to ensure that you have covered everything!
5. Contact the DMV
You’ll want to contact the DMV for two reasons: update your license and vehicle registration. Some states require you to change your address within 10 days of moving (and some, even sooner!), although you probably won’t receive a new license until your next renewal.
You’ll want to check with your state to see if it is possible to do a change of address online, or if you’ll need to go to the DMV. If moving out of state, you’ll most likely have a 10 to 60 day window to register your car and get a new license.
6. Register to Vote
Unless you are just moving down the street, your new change in address means that you’ll likely need to change your polling place. The registration process varies by state. We suggest visit USA.gov to read more about the requirements for registering to vote.
7. Find Health Care Providers
One of the most important things you can do is find a new health care provider within your area for you and your family. The hunt for a new doctor, dentist, or pet care provider should begin online. You can also ask your neighbors and colleagues if they have any recommendations. After getting some recommendations and completing your online investigation, we suggest sitting and chatting with a health care provider before making any final decisions.
8. Get your Taxes in Order
After moving, you’ll want to review your financial situation. If you have moved states, or even just cities, you’ll want to see what the new tax rate is and how that will affect your new take home budget. Use your new take home pay to budget expenses accordingly.
If you are moving for a new job opportunity, check to see what type of tax breaks you may be able to receive. It may be helpful to speak with a professional as they can navigate you through this process.
9. Implement Safety Procedures
Create a new emergency plan for your family. You’ll want to think about implementing an emergency kit upstairs, as well as a plan for your family. Unpack your first aid kit and fire extinguisher and let your family know where these items are located in your home. It’s also not a bad idea to keep a rope ladder on the second story floor of your home.
10. Leave a review for your movers!
Leave a review for your movers after they have helped you successfully move into your new place. All it takes is 60 seconds of your time! If you have used Razorback Moving recently, please feel free to review our services here. We look forward to hearing your feedback!