Things to Take Care of After Your Residential Move

Moving is no small task. The movers have pulled away. Now you’re left with many boxes to unpack and a house to pull together.

The heaviest part of the work is complete, and before you unpack and sit back and relax, there are a few tasks to take care of.

Yes, it’s overwhelming, but here are some of the top things you should focus on right after you move in.

Inspect Everything

Perhaps you used a residential mover, or maybe you tackled the move on your own, in either case, you will want to make sure that everything arrived safely. Inspect your boxes, furniture, and appliances to confirm that everything is intact and working.

Now is the time to go through your new home and examine it as well. Even though you completed a walkthrough before the move, take the time to inspect it again now.  Anything can happen in the days, weeks, or months between your initial visit and your moving in — even if no one has been occupying the home.

Use a “Move-In” List When Unpacking

With so many boxes, unpacking your stuff can be an overwhelming task. Stay organized by unpacking systematically. The ideal way is to use an unpacking list. 

Break the process down room by room. Prioritize the rooms that need to be unpacked and put away first. Then move down the list in order of importance.

In fact, when you’re packing consider putting each room’s essential items in their own box. Then mark that box with a priority indicator so that you know that box should be unpacked first in that room.

Clean Up and Confirm Safety Precautions

The moving process is messy work. After you have done some unpacking and much of your stuff is in its proper place, it’s time to clean up and recycle the packing material. With that out of the way, you can dig in with a thorough cleaning.

If you have kids or pets, make sure your home has safety precautions in place. Make sure all medicines are put away, stairs and windows are protected to prevent falls, and electrical outlets are covered.

Check the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are working correctly and have not expired. Replace the locks and add a security system if that’s in your plan. 

Change Address, Insurance, and License

File a change of address with the local post office. Also, notify various companies about your new address. Be sure to include banks, as well as credit cards and insurance companies.

If you’ve moved to a new state, you’ll likely need to set up a new bank account. Check with your insurance companies to see if you need to make changes to your policies or if you need different coverage. This includes household, auto, and health insurance. 

Make sure you register your car at your new address and update your driver’s license at the local DMV.

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Moving Guide: How to Transfer Utilities

Are you getting ready for a residential move?

Transferring utilities is one of the many details you will have on your to-do list before move-in day. You won’t want to arrive at your new home and be minus the essentials like electricity, water, gas, and internet. That would make for a tough move-in day.

If you need some guidance on how to transfer your utilities to a new place, keep reading for more details.

Transfer Utilities When You Move

Transferring your utilities might sound complex; however, it’s an easy process. This guide will help you navigate the transfer process services so that your move is seamless.

1. Research the Companies

What utility companies provide service in your new community? If you’re moving locally, it’s possible that your utility company will stay the same, but not necessarily.

Depending on what state you are moving to, you might have the option of an energy provider. Determine if you have a choice for a provider and which is the most cost-effective.

Confirm that all of your utilities can transfer, particularly with services like cable or internet, since your current utility provider may not offer service in your new community. Look at the price of service to determine if it’s more cost-effective with another provider.

You can also ask your real estate agent for lists of companies to call to set up services.

2. Plan Ahead

Once you’ve determined that you can transfer utilities, make arrangements to do so. Some transfers take longer to process than others. Contact the companies at least two weeks in advance to let them know that you will be moving — utility services like cable and internet services that require an installation appointment call a month in advance.  

When you’re scheduling your disconnect and connect dates for electric and gas, schedule the disconnect date to be a day or two after your move. This will allow the electricity and services to continue to work, in case you need to return for anything in your old house.

3. Take Care of Water and Sewer

Make arrangements for your water and sewer services through the town or village.

Contact your town’s public utility office a few weeks before the move and arrange for the service to begin on your move-in day or the day before.

4. Update Your Address

When calling to set up your new utilities, have your exact moving address available to provide them. If you don’t have it, make sure it’s updated before you move.

You want to make sure you provide your new service address. It’s also key to make sure your bills from your old address get forwarded to your new address. This can also be done online through the post office.

5. Take Care of Any Outstanding Bills

Before leaving your current home, pay any outstanding balances. Even though you’re moving your service address, it doesn’t automatically mean your billing information will transfer. You don’t want to wind up with late fees because of outstanding balances.

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A residential move involves a lot of changing details. It’s essential to be prepared as much as possible. 

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Moving? Organize and Declutter Before You Pack

There can be many hidden expenses during a residential move. Things like utility transfers, forgetting to discontinue services or memberships, packing supplies, and appliance technicians are just some of the costs you haven’t considered when putting together your budget.

Before you begin packing, consider decluttering your home. The less stuff you have, the easier and more cost-effective it will be to move. Plus, your belongings will be more streamlined and organized when you get to your new house.

Here are some decluttering tips to help you scale back before you pack.

Assess Your Belongings

Side aside some time to focus on each room one at a time. Thoughtfully consider everything you have. Gather a pile of things to donate and another to discard.

Ask yourself about each item::

  • Is this still useful to me?
  • Is it broken?
  • When did I last use it?
  • Does it have sentimental value to me?
  • Will I miss it if I don’t have it?
  • Is there a place for it in my new home

Reduce Your Wardrobe

Most people don’t wear much of what is in their closet. It’s time to take charge and sort through your closet so that you know what you’re working with.

Edit your wardrobe much like you did your other belongings. Be honest with yourself about what you wear and what you don’t.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Does the article of clothing still fit me?
  • Does it coincide with my current lifestyle?
  • Have I worn this in the last two years?

Scale Back on Knick-Knacks

There’s no denying that most of us like to purchase miscellaneous items when from time to time. Sometimes they’re impulse buys or souvenirs from when we travel. In many cases, these items don’t serve a purpose and just collect dust. Other times our styles change, and they no longer fit in with our decor.

Cull through your bookshelves, cabinets, and junk drawers. You may have assorted souvenir mugs and knick-knacks that you don’t need to bring with you to clutter your new home. Place them in the donate pile and move on.

Downsize the Pantry

It’s an excellent idea to scale pack on your food before you pack up. 

There is no reason to transport expired foods from your current pantry to your new one. If the date has passed, discard it.

Use up the food currently have in your pantry instead of moving it. Go through your pantry and fridge and start planning meals so that you can use up that food before your move date. 

If you have too much food and realize you won’t be able to consume it all before the big move, donate the remaining to a local food pantry.

Assess Your Furniture

Take a look at your furniture and determine if it’s worth the expense of moving. Perhaps your furniture is worn and has seen better days. It might be easier to replace it when you settle in at your new house, especially if you’re moving a reasonable distance.

Start Decluttering Early

Start the decluttering process early so that you don’t have to bring unnecessary stuff with you to your new home. Take advantage of the opportunity to have a fresh start in your new home.

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Move-in Day! 4 Things You Can Do to Help Your Movers

Moving to a new home is exciting. But, it can also be stressful. In fact, a majority of couples admit to getting into some of their worst arguments while moving.

Using professional movers, rather than relying on family and friends, is one smart way to reduce moving stress. That said, it can be hard for some people to sit back while others do the work.

If you’re one of those people, there are some things you can do to help the movers’ jobs go smoothly on moving day. Check out these four tips for when household movers are helping with the move.

1. Unplug All of Your Electronics

If you’ve ever looked behind your entertainment center or computer desk, you’ve undoubtedly seen the tangled mess that electronics cords get into. These cords can be challenging for movers as they determine what goes with what, all while not breaking anything.

To help things go smoothly, unplug all the electronics, and wrap up the cords neatly. You might even detach the cords from the devices and place them in labeled bags. 

2. Take Everything off the Walls

It might seem insignificant, but the extra seconds to take every picture, painting, and shelf off of the walls add up. Take everything down that is hanging up, and lean it against the wall. You can make things even easier by leaning them all against one wall.

3. Set Aside the Stuff You Need

On moving day, there will be some items you immediately want access to. The last thing a mover wants to hear after they’ve neatly packed up the house into boxes is, “Hey…where’s my phone charger?”

Take items like a change of clothes, electronics chargers, laptops, and toiletries and set them aside in a separate box or bag. Label it “essentials box” and set it aside. Let the movers know that you will be taking it with you in your own car, or they should pack it on the truck last so that it is the first to come off the truck when you reach your new home.

4. Know Where You Want Things to Go

Both you and the movers will be happier in the end if you are at the new home directing where items should go in the house. This makes it easier for them to know they’ve done their job well, and makes it easier for you not to have to move heavy items around too much.

It’s good to have an idea of where you want the big items to go in the new house. This way, you won’t have movers dragging a sectional sofa from one end of the room to the other. 

If you are packing your own boxes, label them on each side with the room you want them to go to. Packing and labeling is an essential part of the moving process.

Get Ready to Move into Your New Home!

With these tips, you’ll be ready to support your movers and move into your new home.

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