After the last box is moved into your new home, you might think the hardest part of the move is over. And you’re right. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t things you need to do after a move. In fact, there’s a lot of stuff that needs to get done before you can relax completely.
Here is a quick checklist of things you may need to do after the move:
- Check Major Appliances
If you moved major appliances, such as a stove, dishwasher, washer or dryer, check to make sure all appliances and electronics are working to ensure nothing was damaged during the move. This is particularly true if the mover prepared your appliances for the move. Your insurance policy may have a limited time in which to make a claim. Since these are big-ticket items, you should make sure they’re all working.
- Check all Boxes and Furniture
To make sure nothing was damaged during the move. You should also make sure everything arrived and nothing was lost. You can do this by conducting a home inventory. Again, if you find your stuff was damaged at all, contact the mover. It’s important to do this immediately upon moving in or they may not reimburse you.
- Get your Utilities Set-up
Before you can check your electronics, make sure all your services are up and running. There’s nothing worse than arriving at your new place, late at night, and the lights don’t work. Make sure before you move that you have all of the information on setting up or swapping over the major utilities.
- Register your Vehicle
If you’ve moved, your car needs to move with you. Make sure you fill in the necessary form with TCD to transfer your car over to your new home’s assessment number.
- Register to Vote
Again, if you’ve moved constituencies, it’s important to make sure you’re on the voter’s registration for your local area.
- Forward your Mail
Make sure to fill in a new address form with the post office to have any mail forwarded to your new address so nothing is misses while you are changing over your address.
- Get Connected to your New Neighborhood
Connect with your neighbours – meet them and say hi – introduce yourself, your family and any pets. These are your best allies in keeping your home and neighbourhood safe and secure. Building a good relationship from the start will help to alleviate any issues that may arise.
- Take Care of your Finances
Make sure to contact your bank and have then change your address on all accounts and Credit Cards (typically separate things). Also be sure to order new checks with your new address if needed.
- Contact your Insurance Company
Including household, auto and health. Make sure that they have your new address associated with your accounts. It’s also important to check if any new coverage is needed with your new home. Perhaps upgraded Contents or Wind/Storm coverage is needed based on where you are now living.