Top Things to Do After Moving into a New House
What to do after you move into a new home.
After the home buying process is over and all the furniture, appliances and clothes are settled, new owners may want to sit back and relax in their new homes. However, there are a still a few more often overlooked actions that individuals should take to ensure their move is completed as smoothly as possible.
Start contacting people
Buying a home and relocating is a busy and exciting time for consumers, and simple steps, such as updating their mailing address, can slip between the cracks. For this reason, it’s important that new owners take a few moments to make a list of all the bill collectors, family members and friends, subscriptions and other individuals that have their old address on file and update it to the new mailing listing. This can help new owners avoid missing a bill or paying for a service they are not receiving. In addition, individuals who have accounts with online retailers, such as Amazon, may also want to update their mailing and billing information to avoid any issues with future purchases.
It’s also important to contact utility providers and get all services set up. In most cases, owners may want to get information from the seller about which utility services they used because setting up new accounts may be easier if the hook-ups are already in place, according to the Simple Dollar.
Get acquainted with the house
When buyers attend a staging, they tend to focus on living areas, the backyard and the overall appearance and utility of the space. Now that owners have moved into the property, it’s important that they get to know the technical aspects of their home. For example, new owners should know where their circuit breaker is and how everything is labeled. In addition, owners should also find their water shut-off and gas valves. Most owners who take trips and vacations tend to shut these valves off when they leave, so knowing where they are and how they work beforehand can be useful.
Lastly, owners are advised to pinpoint smoke detectors and fire exits in the home, and make sure the detectors have fresh batteries. These safety measures are small tasks that are not time consuming, and they can provide new homeowners with added security.
Lindsay is the Senior Manager of Media Engagement for Coldwell Banker Real Estate and is a licensed real estate agent. She was born and raised in New Jersey and just bought her first home in Livingston, where she grew up. When Lindsay isn’t busy facebooking, tweeting or instagramming she is enjoying life with her husband Joe and cat Rory. She enjoys binging on Netflix, cooking and Zumba.