Moving Checklist: What to Do After You Move
After you’re done moving you’ll probably want to kick back and relax. This is natural, but there are a few things that need to be done after you’re done unpacking. The last thing you want is to have to stop relaxing in order to take care of more chores and tasks, right? Avoid any interruption to your down time by following our list of tasks to complete after you move in.
- Transfer/Update Utilities − You should actually update your utilities before you move to make sure that they are ready when you move in. Most utilities can be updated online or with a quick phone call to the utility companies.
- Keep Important Documents/Receipts − We recommend keeping any important moving documents, such as your Bill of Lading and all payment receipts, in a fireproof lock box after you move. These documents can still be very useful after your move is completed. You might be able to write off some of your moving costs on your next tax return. Also, the lock box can be used to store things like birth certificates, vehicle titles and other important documents.
- Insurance Policies − It is especially important for interstate moves to make sure you are still covered under your old health insurance and car insurance policies. Insurance policies often need to be amended when moving, as coverage can depend heavily on location. You can do this before or after your move, just make sure it’s done promptly so you don’t lose coverage.
- Change Your Locks − We recommend changing the locks for security and peace of mind. You can never really be sure how many copies there are of the old keys, or that you have them all. Changing locks is relatively inexpensive and it’s the easiest way to make sure that your home is secure.
- Get to Know Your New Neighborhood − Getting acclimated to a new neighborhood or city can take some time. It may help to occasionally take a walk around the neighborhood and familiarize yourself with your surroundings. You may even meet some nice neighbors.
More Answers to Moving Questions
If you follow this list, you’ll be kicking your feet up in no time. Check out our moving tips page for more advice on preparing for a local or long distance move. There, you will find packing advice and a week-by-week moving guide.