This post was kindly written for us by our friends over at Bellhops Moving.
While the concept of living in a new property might be a fantastic thrill, the truth is that no-one enjoys moving into a new home. As much as you love your new property, packing and unpacking your entire life in a couple of days can be a major source of stress. That’s why it’s so important to make sure that you have the right moving company to help you.
Even if you manage to get all your items into your new property in one piece, you’ll still need to make sure that you do a few things before you settle in to make your house as safe and comfortable as possible. Here are just a few things you’ll need to do when you arrive in your new place.
1. Turn on the Utilities
Before you start seeking out attractions and things to do in your new area, make sure that you have what you need to thrive in your home. Ideally, you should let the utility companies know that you need to transfer your gas, water, and electrical services into your new home before you move. However, you may still need to call and check the dates of the transfer. Make sure you think about things like broadband too.
2. Plug in Your Refrigerator
By the end of the day, you should plug in all your major appliances and make sure that they’re working as they should after a move. However, one of the most important items to plug in first is your refrigerator. You’ll want to make sure that you have somewhere to keep your food fresh when you’re ready to settle down and nourish yourself after a hard day of moving. Your moving company may even help you get that refrigerator moved into place so that you can reduce the stress of unpacking.
3. Change Your Mailing Address
Make sure that you’re getting all your important mail delivered to your new address. Again, the best thing you can do is speak to the post office before you move. However, if you haven’t changed your mailing address by the time you get to your new place, you should be able to do that when you arrive by calling your postal service or going online. It’s also a good idea to change your mailing address with your bank for card and account statements.
4. Set Up Your Security
You’ve made sure you hired the right moving company to keep your belongings safe and secure in transit; now it’s time to make sure that those belongings stay secure. Install a security alarm as soon as you have a chance, and make sure that you consider changing the locks too. The last thing you want is a break-in after you’ve just settled into your new space.
5. Meet the Neighbors
Finally, it’s always helpful to get to know the people that you’ll be living close to. Introduce yourself to your neighbors the first time you get a chance. Remember, making friends with the people next door means that you always have someone to watch over your home when you’re not around!