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Things to Do to Settle in Quickly After Your House Move

by Marquette Turner Luxury Homes

in moving home, Variety

A fresh start, new opportunities, and new friends – all these thoughts come to mind when moving to a new place. The process of moving, however, demands a whole lot of planning and organisation. You will also have to adjust into your new environment and the lifestyle – especially when you are moving to a new state or country.  

An important consideration during any move, especially when it’s between countries, is finding a reputable moving service such as www.ausmove.co.nz/ or www.shipit.co.uk/ to help you get all your belongings safely to your new home. You need to find the best deals and get peace of mind that everything is in safe hands.

After you have arrived at your new home, you will have many tasks you need to do, and you can also take some necessary steps to help you settle in quickly and easily within the first few weeks. You can save yourself and your loved ones some stress and unease and see to it that life continues in a smooth and hitch-free routine.

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Set up your utilities

It can take some time to set up utilities in your new place after you have moved, especially if your current service providers do not operate in the new area, and this can be inconveniencing. It is, therefore, necessary to get everything up and running – lights, water supply, heating, etc, while you are still making plans for the move. Get referrals for electricians, locksmiths, plumbers, etc in the new location in time so that if you happen to run into an emergency, you won’t have to hire an unqualified or dishonest service provider because you have no time to research.

Do a thorough cleaning before you begin to unpack

It will be easier to clean the house thoroughly when there are no furniture and other household items to get in the way. You can also get rid of pests easily and be sure that none of them travelled in your unpacked luggage. Start with the core areas in the house – the kitchen and bathrooms, bedroom, and living room.

Follow a pattern to unpack

You do not need to unpack everything in a day. Unpack major items that you will need sooner rather than later. You can then unpack everything else as they are needed or as time permits. Set up your bedroom, laundry room, living room, and kitchen first. The kitchen and bedroom are the most important places to deal with since you will need to eat and there’s nothing like a cosy room to help you sleep peacefully at the end of the day, especially after a busy moving day.

Set a deadline for when you should be done unpacking

This will help you to overcome procrastination and get things done faster.

Check your home appliances

If you have brought major appliances along during your move – washing machine, dishwasher, etc, you should check them out to see if they are still in good working condition and whether there was any damage during transport. This will ensure that you do not miss the time frame for an insurance claim.

Inspect all boxes and furniture

Be sure to check all boxes and furniture to see that nothing is missing or has been damaged during the move. If anything is missing or damaged, contact the mover and your insurance company to make a claim. It is important to carry this out on time so that you have a good chance of recovering any lost items and also to be sure that your insurance company will reimburse you.

Make plans for emergencies and acquire emergency contacts

Find out where the local fire service and the police station are located and obtain in-case-of-emergency contacts. You also need to make escape and evacuation plans and familiarise yourself with the emergency protocols in your area in the event of a disaster.

Review the safety features of your home

You may want to change the locks of your new home, especially if you are moving into a rented property. This is important because you may not know who has the keys to the property. Inspect the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure that they are functional. Also, don’t forget to get fire extinguishers. Check to see where the circuit breaker and the main water shut-off valve are located.

Make it feel like home

Take time to arrange the things around the house to start giving it a homely feel. Set up all the little things that will make your new house feel like a home – shelve your favourite books, hang up that painting, framed family photos, etc.

Get into your normal routine

There is no better way to settle into your new environment than by keeping to your regular routine. This is even more true if you have kids or pets – moving and adjusting to the new environment can often be difficult for them. To make it easier, carry out all the normal activities as if nothing has changed. You can get your kids registered in a new school before the move.

Get your vehicle registered

If you have moved to a new state, province, or country, you will need to register for a new driver’s license, plates, or tags.

Explore the neighbourhood and connect with your neighbours

It is important to start forming connections as soon as you arrive. Take the initiative and introduce yourself to your neighbours. This will paint you in a good light and may also provide you with someone to look out for you. Who knows, you might be connecting with a prospective best friend, job lead, babysitter, etc.

Subscribe to the local newspaper and magazines to get familiar with local events. Find out where the local store, the library, café, restaurants, etc are located. You can also visit the local park, you might meet someone new – if you have children, this would be a good opportunity for them to socialise and make some new friends.

Make arrangements for your mail

Inform the necessary organisations, and your contacts, of your move. Register your new address and check with your old residence and the post office to make sure that all of your mail is being sent to the new address.

Get a voter’s registration

If you have moved to a new city, you should check to make sure that you are on the local area’s voter registration. Don’t forget to update your new address in all important documents and files.

Find professionals and service providers

If you are moving to a new city or state, it is important to start early to find a healthcare provider, a vet, a lawyer, plumber, and other professionals and service providers before you face an actual emergency or need. You can get referrals from your neighbours, friends, or co-workers.  

Contact your insurance company

If you are moving to a new state, province, or country, find out whether you need to take out new policies or if you are still covered.  You may need to renew your insurance or get a new insurance company. Having insurance – health, auto, house, etc, is very important.

 

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