Moving to a new home can be a complicated endeavor with a lot of moving pieces. With so much going on, it’s easy to overlook major to-dos that have to get done before you move in. Take a look at the list below and get started on any items that haven’t been addressed yet.
Setting Up Utilities
Even though electricity is a necessity, many people forget that they need to set up the utilities in advance of a move. This can be easy to forget if you’ve bought a new home and the previous owners kept the utilities on during the closing period.
Ask your realtor or the landlord which utility providers serve the area. If you’re in a deregulated energy market you’ll be able to select from a variety of utility suppliers for gas and electricity. Let the company know the day you plan to move in and schedule the utilities to be turned on a few days in advance.
Also – don’t forget to schedule the utilities to be turned off at your current address the day after your move.
Installing Security Equipment
The second you sign the deed and get the keys a home is yours, even if you haven’t moved in yet. If a house is left vacant for an extended period it can catch the attention of burglars that are looking for an easy score.
Before you gain ownership of the home, take a few minutes to assess the security needs. That way you’re prepared to get all the equipment installed as soon as you have access to the property. A monitored home security system is going to offer great protection and can knock a few dollars off your monthly insurance premium. Motion sensors are also a good idea. Many models can be connected to Wi-Fi so that alerts are sent to your phone if motion is detected.
Establishing Telecommunication Services
Speaking of Wi-Fi, if you plan to use Internet-connected security equipment and electronics you’ll need to get your telecommunication services lined up as well. If not, the day you move in you won’t even be able to stream Netflix without using your phone data.
Since telecommunications services also require a technician setting up connections, it’s often easier to take care of this to-do before everything is moved in. Just make sure you know where you want your televisions to be located so the technician can wire the connections accordingly.
Packing a First Night Box
One of the top moving tips we’ve picked up over the years is to pack a first night box. A first night box contains all the essentials that you’ll need right after moving in but before everything gets unpacked. Items you may want to pack in your first night box include:
· Toothbrush and toothpaste
· Toilet paper
· Paper plates
· Plastic cups
· Napkins/paper towels
· Garbage bags
· Show curtain
· Basic toolkit
· Basic cleaning supplies
· Clean sheets
· Prescription medications
· First aid kit
If you have a pet you’ll also need to include their bowls, food, leash, and medications as well.
Update Insurance Plans
All of your insurance accounts are tied to your address. You may remember to update your home insurance or renters insurance policy, but what about your other plans? Automobile insurance, health insurance, disability insurance, etc. also need to be updated when your address changes.
A few weeks before you move make a note to contact your insurers. Let them know you’re about to move and give them the new address. But be prepared – your monthly payments could change depending on where you’re moving.
End Reoccurring Accounts and Services
If you’re moving to a new city or across a large metro it may be more convenient to end some monthly services. For example, your monthly gym membership may have to be canceled if you aren’t at a franchise. You may also need to inform service providers like your landscaper, housekeeper or babysitter that you’ll no longer need their services.
Try to tackle this to-do a month before your move. Businesses sometimes require a 30-day advanced notice for canceled memberships. A month leeway will also give your service providers time to find a new client so they don’t take a financial hit.