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Tips for moving into your new home

Congratulations on your new home! Moving to a new home can be an exciting time, but it can also bring some challenges if you don't stay organized. From setting up utilities to making sure everyone has gotten the memo of your new address, there's a lot to keep track of when it comes to moving.

 

Being Prepared for Moving Day Checklist

Below are important steps you need to take before moving into your new home:

 

  1. Make sure utilities are connected. Your new home will be more comfortable and feel like a home with electricity, water, heating or air conditioning.
  2. Clean your new home before the movers arrive; take the time to thoroughly clean from top to bottom. Cleaning before you move gives you a fresh slate and all you have to do is unpack! If you don't have time to clean your new home – you have a lot to do on moving day, so we understand – you may want to consider hiring professional cleaners instead.
  3. Change your mailing address and ensure that your mail is forwarded to your new home. Don't forget to update the following: bank accounts, memberships, home and lawn services, subscription services, Internal Revenue Service, Veterans Affairs, medical records, voter registration, insurance policies, employer, and payroll records.
  4. Research the benefits of setting up a home security system and make sure it is in place before or as soon as you move in. You may also consider replacing the locks on your new home for added security.
  5. Make a plan for where you want your furniture in your home, even if it's just a drawing. This will save you the trouble of moving your furniture yourself after your movers have left.
  6. Talk to your professional movers about the placement of your belongings and share any last-minute details about your new home that weren't discussed during the preliminary meeting.
  7. If you can, make sure there are two people in your new home on the day of the move. One person can make sure everything on your inventory list is unloaded and the other can tell the movers where you want the items placed.
  8. Consider hiring a sitter if you have small children at home and place pets somewhere safe and out of the way.

 

It's time to move!

If you've hired professional movers, let them do the heavy lifting.

Please check your belongings when they are delivered. If you notice any damage or anything is missing, please report it personally to your move coordinator or representative. If there are any changes in the condition of your belongings from the inventory list the movers made upon loading, note the differences on the mover's copy of the inventory list. By signing the inventory list, you confirm receipt and condition of all items listed.

When unloading, each piece of furniture will be placed according to your instructions, including laying carpets and setting up beds that were dismantled upon departure. If you would like your mattresses unpacked or appliances installed, your moving coordinator can help you arrange these additional moving or third-party services.

Finally, keep all your moving documents in a safe place. If you are arranging the move yourself, make sure you have enough manpower, supplies, stay hydrated, etc.

Double-check the inventory before sending your movers out

Ask the movers to do a final check of the moving van, thank your movers and start unpacking.

Check the delivered boxes for damage. Make sure your move went smoothly by examining your boxes and making sure nothing is broken.

Once your move is complete, now is the time to file a claim, if necessary. Although not anticipated, sometimes the unexpected can happen and an item can be lost or damaged. If this happens, you can submit your claim via the online portal.

Please ensure you have an image of the damaged item or a description of the lost item available before submitting your claim. Also make sure you have your order number at hand.

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Check your utilities

Make sure your water and electricity all work. Test your smoke detectors and your circuit breaker. Cable and internet can wait!

Start by unpacking your “first to open” boxes

Now it's time to grab those boxes you've set aside to take with you. These are items you will need for unpacking, cleaning, eating and hygiene. We recommend packing a “first night” box to help make the first few nights in your new home as smooth as possible.

It is especially important to prepare your first overnight stay well in advance if you are moving with children and/or pets. After such a busy day, everyone involved in your move will probably be a little restless and hungry. Organizing and separately packing personal items and a few household essentials will drastically reduce stress levels.

This box of supplies should travel with you, or if that's not possible, you can ask the movers to be the last box loaded into the moving truck.

Reassemble large pieces of furniture

Reassembling your large furniture is an important part of the unpacking process and will help you get a feel for your new space. Start with the bedrooms and make sure the boxes and furniture are in their respective rooms for easy unpacking and setup. After a long moving day, you want to make sure that at least your bed is assembled and ready for your first night.

Finish unpacking and make your home yours

This is the first thing you want to do – but realize it takes time. Start by unpacking the rooms you will use most and unpacking things you will need immediately, such as dishes, toiletries, clothes and food. Then hang your shower curtain(s) in your bathroom(s).

Let children help unpack and decorate their room. Give them bins and shelves to help them organize their things.

Unpack a little at a time to avoid becoming overwhelmed. Take the opportunity to perform a second wave of disillusionment while unpacking. Throw away, donate or sell items you don't want to keep. Save yourself a trip to the dumpster and consider a garbage disposal for waste and excess materials you don't want to keep.

Keep in mind that many moving companies offer additional services for a separate fee, such as installing electronics.

Finally, you may consider hiring an unpacking service to save time.

Fill your home with necessities

Pick up (or have delivered) all the groceries and/or personal items you need from the store for your first week in your new home. Or, if you don't feel like preparing food for the first few meals, have the phone numbers of local eateries ready for takeout or delivery. Check that your home address is visible for deliveries and future mail.

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