Figuring out what to do first after moving into a new home can feel overwhelming. At National Movers, we’ve put together a list of things you should do right after moving in.
It’s a good idea to change your locks immediately after moving into a new home. You’ll never know how many previous occupants have copies of your house keys, so it’s better to be safe than sorry. You should call a reliable locksmith after you move in to help you change the locks.
If you have little kids, you’ll have to go an extra step and childproof your home so your kids can have a safe place to play and explore without getting injured. Since kids tend to touch everything in the house, ensure you secure everything from sockets to windows, furniture pieces, and sharp corners.
Burglars tend to target new homeowners, hoping the take advantage of new residents in an area. For that reason, it's important to install a modern home security system in your new home after moving in to prevent your home from being targeted. A home security system not only deters burglary, but also gives you peace of mind and comes with insurance incentives.
One of the first things to do right after moving in is to set your utilities up since some may have been shut off. You may need to call the power company, internet service provider, gas provider, and water company to have your utilities turned back on. You should also change your address with the US Post Office and be sure to notify others of your move, including family & friends, your bank, subscription services, and loan providers.
You need to know where the breaker panel and water valve are located in your home, just in case there’s an electrical or plumbing emergency in your home.
Take your time to organize your closets neatly, so that you can have easy access to your clothing.
You’ll be left with heaps of trash after unpacking your items, so it's important to know where they should be disposed of. You can ask your landlord or neighbors regarding where trash should be thrown out.
It is important to do this as soon as you move into your new home because a fire can break out at any time. Ensure you have fire extinguishers in the kitchen, garage, bedrooms, near sources of heat, and on each floor of your home. You’ll also need to familiarize yourself with fire exits.
If you have an upcoming move and need the help of reputable local movers, get in touch with National Movers for assistance.