The Move In: First 7 Things You Need to Do in Your New Home

by Guest Author on March 29, 2013

Start living in your new house with less stress by creating a list of things to do in your new home. Since you cannot start living in your new dwelling place unless you have various types of utilities, the first thing to do is to set up accounts at all the companies that will provide you with the services you require.

1. Utilities

You are going to need running water, electricity, a garbage pickup service and, if you use your computer online, a reliable internet service provider. You also need to contact a telephone company to set up your new telephone service and phone number. After you set up your utility services, the following six additional tips can ensure that moving from your previous residence to your new home is a smoother transition.

2. Emergency Phone Numbers

Make a list of emergency telephone numbers that include the local police department, highway patrol, fire department, ambulance service and urgent care center. Keep the list next to your telephone for easy reference in case of an emergency.

3. Emergency Preparedness

Create an emergency kit. Buy bandages, gauze, hydrogen peroxide or similar type of disinfectant and aspirins. You may also want to put a small flashlight, a couple of candles and a matchbook in your kit. Also start a place for your food storage, and have enough to get through at least two weeks with your food storage.

Meet with your family to discuss how to escape from your home in case of a fire or other emergency. If you live in an area prone to earthquakes, every person in your family needs to understand what to do in case of a major earthquake.

4. Change Your Locks

Call a local locksmith for a free estimate. It is a good idea to have all the locks in your home changed so that people you do not know cannot access your home with their keys. You may also need to replace old, rusty window hinges to increase your home’s security.

5. Change Address at DMV

Make sure the Department of Motor Vehicles corrects the address on your driver’s license. You will also need to change your address associated with the registration of your vehicle or vehicles. Contact your insurance agent to change the address on your car insurance policy. Visit your local library and get a library card. You will need to provide the library employee with proof of your current address.

6. Notify Doctors and Those Who Send Bills

Notify your physician, dentist, health insurance agent, dental insurance company, financial institution and investment firm of your new address and telephone number. Your friends and relatives also need to know how to contact you, so call them up and give them your new telephone number and address.

7. Unpack One Room at a Time

Once you get all your stuff in the house, make sure you take the move slowly at a gradual pace. Unpack one room at a time, so you don’t get overwhelmed. Start in the bedroom. When you finish, go to the kitchen. Take it in steps, and the unpacking process will be much easier to digest.

Author Bio: This article was written by Dixie Somers. If your family has just moved into a new house, make sure you have the right internet provider and telephone service set up for your family.

Moving can be stressful, but with the right “to-do-list” and the right partners by your side, you should be able to eliminate the major stresses out of the occasion. Don’t be shy either, make sure you ask your real estate agent for assistance. After all, they are your partner throughout your move and should be there to help (even with the little things).

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