All the Things to Do After Moving – the Ultimate Checklist

Posted in Moving Essentials,Moving Tips & Tricks on January 29, 2021

By Eleanor Stewart

Moving to a new state, city, and home is very stressful, overwhelming, but also exciting at the same time. Considering there are a lot of things to do after moving, you should make your checklist of things you need to do well ahead of your relocation. This way, your settling down will be much easier.

You are probably wondering why do I need a checklist when all I have to do is to unpack, right? But this is not the case since unpacking is not the only thing you have to do. Numerous other tasks have to be done as well, so keep reading to find out what they are.

What to Keep With You When Moving?

The answer to this question is your moving essentials and everything that you don’t plan on selling or donating. That means all functional furniture, clothes you’ll wear, books you still love, and so on. This is a great opportunity to declutter, so don’t hesitate to get rid of the stuff you know you won’t be using in the future. Before relocation, it would be a good idea to make a moving binder, where you can keep all checklists. One of them could be the list of items you want to keep.

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Things to Do Before Moving to a New Home

If you are wondering how much movers cost, you can always ask for a free estimate and compare several quotes from different companies. Hiring a reputable company when moving cross country is essential so do your best to find the right one. Be careful because there are a lot of moving scammers out there. Check your company, read online reviews, and ensure a smooth relocation. Also, it will be good to have a smart moving budget not only to track how much money you spent on a cross country moving company but how much money, in general, you spent during your move.

When it comes to packing, if you pack your items correctly, unpacking will go smoothly. You should have supplies like packing paper or bubble wraps and a good labeling system for packing. So if you sort your stuff and pack room by room, you will have fewer worries when unpacking starts. But if you don’t know how to pack glasses for a move, pack fragile items, move a piano, or pack a moving truck, ask a professional for help.

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The best would be to pack your essentials before the relocation day

Go to the Post Office to Change Your Address

This is one of the steps that are better to be done before you move to another address. You should inform all the right people that you plan to change or that you already changed your address. Start with a post office and do this at least one week before your move. Then contact tax agencies, both federal and state agencies. You can easily change addresses online by filling out this IRS form, but for the state tax agency, you have to go to a state website and find directions there.

For gas and electricity, contact your companies and ask them to turn off your services in the old place the same day you move into your new one, and to start service at a new address the day after your relocation. This way, there will be no gap in your expenditure. Don’t forget about the phone, internet, and insurance agencies, they also have to be informed about your address change.

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Make sure to inform every party that needs to be aware of your change of address

What to Do After Moving Into a New House? The Only Checklist You’ll Need

So you are on the way to your future home and wondering, what do I need to do after I move? It will be useful to arrange your arrival before the truck arrives. This way, you will have time to check everything in the new house and to be prepared for movers. If you got a job before moving, make sure to ask for a couple of days off so that you can settle. Keep reading to see what are the essential steps you should take after you relocate.

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Make sure you arrive before professionals to check if everything is working

Step 1. Inspect Your New Home

Go to every room and do some inspection. Now when the house is empty, it is the perfect occasion to see if everything is in place. Maybe there are some cracks in the wall you didn’t see before, or the previous owner took the washing machine. You have to see if everything that you agreed in your contract is in place. And also, to see if everything is working properly – turn off the water on all the taps and ensure that there are no leaks.

Empty living room
Empty house is an excellent opportunity to see whether there are any flaws

Step 2. Take Pictures While Everything Is Empty

This is an important step because your home will never be empty again. Take a picture of every room and every item and highlight if there is any problem. This way, you will have evidence that the damage was there before you move in. This is important if you don’t want to lose your deposit later on.

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It is good to have pictures of everything as an evidence

Step 3. Turn on Your Utilities

Check your utilities, electricity, water, gas, internet to see if everything is on. Maybe some of these utilities are shut off. You should call the power company or gas providers to put your utilities on and to change them to your name. Connect your internet. This step is also important to do right away because you will need the internet to order food, check for a gas company number, or get in touch with your loved ones.

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Locate where or your utility switches are. If anything goes wrong, you will be able to react quickly

Step 4. Clean Your New Home

If you are obsessed with cleaning, you don’t need us to tell you to clean your house. But this is something that is advisable to do. Clean especially rooms that you will use right away, like the bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen. It will be good to clean the floor before the furniture comes in.

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Clean everything before professionals come

Step 5. Secure Your Home

So after you cleaned everything, now you should secure your home. You should check all smoke detectors and change batteries in them. Change the door lock so you can be sure you and your family are the only ones to have them. Also if you don’t have an alarm system, now it will be a good time to call some company and arrange everything with them. Also, take a look at this video for more useful tips on what should be on your checklist.

Some Other Equally Important Things to Do After Moving

If you give yourself enough time to do everything you need to do before the mover comes, this part should be less stressful. When all major and crucial tasks are done, now you can begin unpacking with ease.

It Would Be the Best to Check Your Boxes First

If you still have your household inventory list, now you can use it again. First, check if all the boxes are there, it can happen that some boxes get lost. If that’s the case, talk to your cross country movers about this. Second, check the stuff inside to see if there are any damages. You probably have insurance, so don’t worry too much if something got broken.

Start Unpacking

If you hire a cross country moving company for moving service and packing services, then maybe this step will not come that hard on you. First, unpack stuff you need to use immediately. So unpack kitchen essentials like glasses, plates, and then unpack your bedding and prepare your bedroom for sleep. Don’t wait until your movers are gone to realize you don’t have a bed in place or you don’t know how to put your bed together.

Ask some of the movers to do this for you, and don’t forget to tip movers as well. Probably you will not unpack everything in one day, so it is important to have at least one functional room where you can feel relaxed and like you are at home. One of the things you can do is to set a time frame for each room. For example, the kitchen is on Monday, the living room is on Thursday, etc.

Arrange Your Clothes

Arranging clothes can be painfully boring. But again, if you are organized well, it can be fun. First, start with the clothes you are wearing now, depending on the season. Put this thing on a hanger to be reachable easily. Clothes that you won’t wear soon can stay in boxes if you don’t have space in your wardrobe, just put boxes on the side until you need them again. If you packed your clothes for moving properly, it would be easy to unpack.

Order Food and Drink

Unpacking can take a lot of time, and it is physically exhausting, so please, don’t forget to eat. Find the nearest food delivery and order some food. You can also order food for everyone who worked with you and came to help. Also, order some beer and buy plenty of water, especially if you move in the summertime.

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Delicious food is essential in a successful relocation

Tips on How to Start Feeling Like a Local After Relocating

Once you unpack everything, it is time to do some other crucial things when adjusting to a new environment. If you are moving to another state alone, these tips are essential if you want to make friends.

Get to Know Your Neighbors

Relocating can be challenging. You have left behind everything familiar to you, including your close ones. If you have no one to talk to, meeting neighbors is a good start. But how to meet your new neighbors? Just knock on their door and introduce yourself. Later on, when you are all settled, you can make a dinner party and invite them over. This way, you will get to know them better or even make friends.

Explore Your New City

No matter if you are moving for love or for some other reason, you are probably feeling excited to see what is out there, what this city has to offer. For instance, moving with pets is always a plus because that’s the easiest way to meet other pet owners at the park. Or, if you don’t have a pet, take a ride on a bike. Take a ride around your neighborhood, meet your neighbors, see if there is a coffee shop you can visit daily. Go shopping and decorate your house the way you always wanted to.

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Exploring a different city is the best way to start fresh

Just One More Checklist:

Create a list of all the fun and exciting things you want to see or do, or a list of items you want to buy for your home. Once all the stress is behind you, it is time to make it all worth it. So give yourself some time to do things that relax you and help you feel more like a local. Also, don’t forget to invite your friends and family to come and visit.

Eleanor Stewart