Moving is stressful for everybody. It’s like taxes. The mere mention of it makes even complete strangers groan in sympathy. MyMove.com offers a helpful checklist for new homeowners. Yeah, we know moving also means lots of paper and lists, but this one just could save your sanity!
• Packing Inventory: Always make a list of the boxes and items you’ve packed, and where they need to go in your new home. Simply marking “bedroom” or “kitchen” on each box or item will be enough for your movers to know where to put your stuff. For added ease, download our writable packing list.
• Utilities: When you move in, you’ll want water, gas and electricity as soon as possible. Find out which utilities providers cater to your area—oftentimes there are multiple competitors—and inquire about their packages. Choose the one that works best for you, and make sure to start your contract on the day before or the day of your move. Some realtors provide a homeowner checklist for clients with a map of the home and a list of important points, such as the gas and water meters, so don’t forget to ask for this when you sign the sales contract.
• Garbage: Call your city to find out which day garbage is collected, what types of receptacles or containers are required and what types of recycling programs exist in your new community.
• Water and Gas Meters: Locate where your water and gas meters are, as well as your breaker box. If you can’t find them, call your realtor and ask him. Usually, realtors have this on file with the home’s information.
• Smoke Detectors and Fire Extinguishers: Even if your home is already equipped with smoke detectors and fire extinguishers, double check to see if they’re in good working order. If there are none, make it a priority to install them within your first week and remember to check them regularly.
• Evacuation Route: Gather everybody in your household and plan an evacuation route in case of a fire or other emergency. Agree on a safe place to gather in the event that evacuation is necessary. Also, if you live in an area that is prone to earthquakes, hurricanes or tornadoes, draw up a disaster plan.
• First-Aid Kit: Purchase a good first-aid kit and keep it somewhere that is easily accessible, such as the kitchen.
• Change of Address: If you haven’t already, change your address online. This is easy to do, efficient, costs one dollar and makes sure your mail is sent to your new address from the date specified.
• Internet, Television and Telephone: Find out with providers cater to your area and choose the plan that is right for you.