New Digs? Here’s a Checklist of Things To Do After You Move
Your Go-To After-Moving Checklist
While relocating your home, aka moving, doesn’t crack the top ten life stressors list, it is still one of the most stressful things we have to deal with in life. One of the hardest parts of moving is keeping all the, er, moving parts, ahem, moving. This can become especially challenging post-moving day—once the trucks are gone and you really start to focus on unpacking and decorating your new home.
Forgetting or delaying some of your after-moving tasks can cause you additional hassle, and in some cases, money. So to help you with your next move, we’ve compiled a list of post-moving items that will need your attention. You’ll want to take breaks from unpacking anyway—here’s a list of break-worthy tasks.
Visiting the DMV
Let’s get the one that could cost you significant amounts of money out of the way first. Find your new local DMV’s website online, look into what you have to do, and the deadlines involved with when you have to get these things done.
If you’ve relocated within the same state, all you may have to do is fill out a change of address form (possibly even online). If you’ve relocated to another state, then you will likely have to re-title and re-register your vehicles and get a new ID.
Take the time to do whatever you can in advance, to save you the hassle of filling out a bunch of forms at the DMV—unless, of course, you want to fill out forms while you wait for them to call your number.
Setting Up All of Your New Accounts
Regardless of whether you’ve moved across town or across the country, utility companies and cable, Internet, and phone providers are territorial in nature. At the very least, you will have to transfer your service with some or all of your old providers. At most, you will have to figure out who your new utility and cable providers are, and set up new accounts with them.
Thankfully, most states have websites devoted to helping you figure out what utility companies provide your new home with electricity, gas, water, and cable.
Notifying Everyone (Who Matters) of Your New Address
If you haven’t done so already, you will need to provide the USPS with a change of address form, but the postal service will only forward your mail to the new address for so long. Eventually, you will have to change your address with your creditors, any subscription services you enjoy, and anyone else from whom you get regular mail.
Getting the Kids Signed Up for School
If you brought school-age kids along for the move, you’ll have to check into your new school district and figure out what school you need to get the kids signed up to attend. Most school districts also have a web presence these days, so getting this taken care of should be pretty straightforward.
Meeting the Neighbors
As you may have read somewhere before, developing community is an important part of living a full and healthy life, and doing so in a new neighborhood city is even more important. Take the time to reach out to your new neighbors – maybe even through a housewarming party.
Be sure to invite the folks living close by in your new neighborhood, your new coworkers (if you changed jobs with the move), or any family, friends, or colleagues you may be connected to in the area. Look for ways to get involved in your new community.
Investigating and Procuring Local Goods and Services
Lean on your new neighbors to find the goods and services you need in your new location. Unless you’re just across town from your old home, you may need to know where to get everything from dog grooming services to the best available pizza delivery.
Making a New Home in (Several) Easy Steps
Remember, if you start to feel overwhelmed, it’s easier to complete a massive list of tasks by focusing on them one at a time. Use our checklist to provide you with a solid, easy-to-accomplish task that you can switch away to and feel like you’re crossing something off the larger agenda.