After months of planning, packing and stressing, you have finally completed the relocation process. Congratulations! You are probably truly relieved and more than ready to venture into the post-moving process of making your new house a home. As exciting as it may be, there are a number of post-relocation tasks to tackle in order to turn your home into a safe haven, for refuge from all of life’s challenges and uncertainties, and a comfortable place to spend quality time with the people who matter most to you. Adapting to your new surroundings and turning your new place into your dream home is easy to achieve, as long as you avoid some of the most critical – and common – post-moving mistakes.
If you are planning a residential move, familiarize yourself with the following mistakes to avoid when moving into a new house, so you can come up with an efficient strategy to steer clear of them.
Not Inspecting Belongings
When your belongings show up at the doorstep of your new home, you may be so relieved they arrived safely that you forget to do a post-move check. This includes inspecting delivered boxes, checking them against your inventory list, confirming they are properly sealed and also that they are in good condition. It is also your responsibility to examine larger household items for damage and to double-check all valuables.
If anything is broken or missing, you must report it to your moving company immediately. Waiting can lead to problems between you and your movers, and you may also be unable to file a complaint against your moving company if too much time passes. Not only does this mean your belongings are damaged or that they didn’t arrive, but it also means you will not be compensated.
Not Securing Your Home
Safety is crucial to your family’s well-being, as well as to your personal belongings (house included!). When you move into your new home, it is very important to take adequate measures in order to secure it. Follow this checklist:
- Change all door locks and install a security system to keep thieves and trespassers away from your home.
- Install fire alarms and smoke detectors in strategic locations, and supply a fire extinguisher on every level for safety in the event of a fire.
- Ensure stairs, balconies and other places that present a falling hazard are well secured.
- Keep your property in good condition by checking fences, shutters, chimney, roof, gutters, etc., and fix any problems to ensure your home is protected against weather mishaps.
Hopefully, you have managed to avoid at least some of the plethora of common packing mistakes when you prepared for your move. Keep up the good work, and make sure you avoid mistakes when the time comes to unpack. Here are the top unpacking mishaps to avoid:
Rushing. The mountain of boxes that need to be unpacked can lead to unpacking in a rush. But hasty decisions and impulsive actions can result in chaos, wasted time, accidents and injuries. To unpack successfully, don’t rush! Instead, take your time and think through each step.
Procrastinating. Moving is exhausting, which can sometimes make unpacking hard to accomplish. But refusing to unpack and remaining buried under piles of boxes is never a good idea. The sooner you unpack and arrange your home, the easier access you will have to all of your belongings. Your new place will also become an enjoyable home much sooner. Making this final effort to unpack will help bring your moving adventure to a successful close.
Cleaning after Unpacking. The thought of cleaning your new home may seem much less exciting than unpacking, but it’s a very important step to take before the unpacking process occurs. Cleaning is the best way to rid your home of dust, debris and germs, so be sure to have your cleaning supplies conveniently accessible to easily tackle this post-moving step.
If you move to a new state, it is important to do these three things:
- Transfer your driver’s license
- Register your vehicle
- Update auto insurance
Each state varies for how long you have to get these tasks completed – some are as short as 10 days. Before you miss the deadline, visit your local DMV as soon as possible, otherwise you risk being charged fees or facing trouble with the law.
There are also some other important tasks to accomplish post-move, including:
- Registering to vote
- Transferring prescription medications
- Updating bank accounts
- Insuring new property
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