Moving takes a lot of prep work. What can you do to help ease the transition?
Here are a few tips:
1) Change the locks and reprogram your garage keypad. If you aren't doing it yourself, you can save money with the locksmith by providing the locks to them.
2) Transfer the utilities to your name. Find out what day the trash is collected.
3) Test the curcuit breaker and make sure it is properly labeled. This will save time and frustration if a breaker shuts off.
4) Find the water main and gas valves. If you have an emergency or are headed out of town for a while, you need to know how to turn these off.
5) Replace air filters in the HVAC vents and other areas such as the dryer vent, refrigerator water filters, etc.
6) Organize warranties, receipts and other important papers. Having these organized and all in one place will help you easily find them, if needed.
7) Change your address with the post office, banks, employers, insurance providers, the DMV, Creditors, and any subscription services you use.
8) Establish Safety procautions. Replace batteries in the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, develop a family evacuation plan, and place fire extinguishers where they can easily be accessed.
9) Introduce yourself to the neighbors. They can answer questions about the community and general area, if needed.
10) Don't overdo it. You can feel overwhelmed if you try to do too much in one day. Tackle one room at a time. Start in the bedrooms (or at least with the beds) so you can sleep comfortably when you fall into bed, and then tackle the kitchen. The kitchen is the toughest room, but the most important one for daily functionality. Having that coffee maker set up for the next day is critical (at least for me)!
Lastly, enjoy your new home.