Moving is a stress for most people. So once the move is completed, it is likely that you will be relieved, but you will also be exhausted. There is still a lot to do before you can settle in. Here are some of the areas that need your attention.
- Submit Damage or Loss Claims
Sometimes, some of your things can get damaged or even lost, especially if you are not moving with the best company. Most moving companies offer a small window when you can submit your claims for damages. Take pictures of everything that was damaged during the move. Make a list of things lost, if you have any. But for this, there should be a moving inventory. Then initiate the claim process. Your loss will be compensated easily if you are working with a business that is insured.
- Set Up the Utilities
You will need the utility services in the new home. This includes electricity, water, internet, gas, cable or satellite television, and trash collection. It can take some time before you have them all. So it is best that you start arranging even before the move. In many places, there can be different competitor companies giving you these services.
- The Locks
It is best to change the locks immediately on arrival. This is very important for security. You can never be sure who has copies of the existing locks. Change the locks of both the front and the back door, the garage door, and also any sheds you may have. If you are moving to a rental property, speak with the owner and find out whether you will have to change them or whether the landlord will take care of this.
- Are There Any Leaks?
There can be water damage, especially in old properties. Water can cause a lot of damage. Check the toilets and below the sinks. Inspect the pipes to see whether there are any leaks. There can also be hidden leaks. To check this, make sure that your dishwasher is turned off and also turn off the faucets. Now look at the water meter. There is a leak if you see the dial moving.
- Check the Fuse Box
It is essential to check the box to rule out a problem in case the power goes off. You can dial the electricity company only after this. Keep the box locked if it is outside your home. No one can then tamper with it. If the box is inside, keep a battery-powered light or flashlight close. You can then check the box even if there is a power outage.
- Update the Insurance
You have to update your renter’s or homeowner’s insurance policy just after the move. Enquire with your builder to find out whether home warranty is included. You must also update your car insurance information because the rates are always different for each region. Plus, they will also need your new address.
- Change Your Address
Change your address with the USPS or the United States Postal Service. Fill out the form if you haven’t done this already. You will find the form at your local post office. You can also do this at the USPS website. All your postal mails will then be sent to the new address. Also, update your voter registration address.
- Take Photos
This is particularly important if you are moving to a rental space. Take pictures of all the rooms, including the kitchen and the bathrooms. Take several pictures of any damage that you see from different angles. The photos will protect you against damage claims when you leave the property. By taking photos, you will have proof of any existing damage at the time you moved in. You must still take the pictures if you own the property. You can then contact the seller with them and ask for damages or to fix the problems.
- New License and Registration
If you drive, you must have a new driver’s license. Your address must also be updated. This is essential in most US states. You have to do this within 30 days of moving into the new house. Go to the closest DMV or tag agency office for this. If you are moving to another state, you must also register your car in that state within 60 days.