You’ve received keys from the realtor, signed the papers, and moved the last box inside from the moving truck – you’re home! Moving to a new house is always exciting, but it can be incredibly overwhelming at the same time. To help make your transition to your new place a breeze, we’ve compiled an after-moving checklist of all the main things you’ll need to do during your first days and weeks in your new home.
Your Ultimate After-Moving Checklist
Set Up Utilities
If you didn’t connect the main house utilities before the move, getting water and power set up should be your first priority. Reach out to the power and water companies to get electricity, gas, and running water to your home, then move on to installing internet in your new abode.
Update Your Address
Mail doesn’t do you any good if it’s still being sent to your old home! Let the post office know you’ve moved by applying for a change of address online. The process should take less than five minutes, and you can rest easy knowing that you’re not missing any important bills or letters.
Get a New License & Register Your Car
If you’ve moved to a different state, it’s time to head to the DMV to register your vehicle and get an updated license in your new state. You don’t have too much time to check this to-do off your list – states have a deadline of anywhere between 10 and 30 days to register your car before you are penalized. Don’t forget to have proof of insurance at your new address to show at your appointment.
Update Your Voter Registration
Along with updating your mailing address, you’ll also need to update your voter registration. We recommend doing this as soon as you move into your new home so you’re not left without a ballot during the election season. Find your state-specific registration information on the U.S. Election Assistance Commission website.
Do a Home Inspection
Although you’ve likely already paid for an inspection in your new home, you should plan on setting aside some time on move-in day to thoroughly inspect your home for any potential issues. Specifically, look for any visible water or fire damage, check for plumbing leaks and dripping faucets, and explore your front and back yards for any pests that could become a problem.
Find the Fuse Box and Main Water Valve
Ensure that you know exactly where your main fuse box and water valve are located in case of an emergency. Spend some time at the box testing each fuse to make sure they’re labeled properly. Turn off the main water valve and test the faucets and toilets in the house – if there’s any running water after it’s turned off, the valve needs to be replaced.
Change the Locks
You can’t be too cautious with you and your family’s safety, and changing the exterior locks should be a top priority when arriving at your house. Switch out the locks on all exterior doors and reprogram the garage door with new openers to ensure your family are the only people who have access to your new home.
Deep Clean Your House
Even if your new house seems to be sparkling clean, take some time to deep clean before moving all your things in. Wipe out the insides of cabinets, dust off ceiling fans, bleach the bathtub and toilet, and scour the oven. Trust us – there’s nothing better than moving into a perfectly clean home.
You likely have a million to-dos running through your mind as you start to move into your house. Keep everything organized by starting several to-do lists – you’ll want one for things to buy, one for groceries, and one for things you need to do in the first few weeks of the move (don’t forget to bookmark this checklist!)
Meet Your Neighbors & Explore Your Community
Take a break from all the unpacking to venture out, meet your neighbors, and walk around your community. Swing by the community center and check out upcoming events, or explore neighborhood amenities, like the rec center and pool, that you and your family can enjoy. Welcome home!