When you are in the process of moving, you are understandably so focused on packing, hiring a moving company, and tackling the dozens of other tasks on your moving out checklist that you may not think about what needs to be done once the move is over.
Fortunately, coming up with a post-moving day checklist does not have to be stressful or time consuming. Like everything else related to your move, the more you can organize and plan for ahead of time, the more smoothly things will go.
With that in mind, please consider adding the following four tasks to your post-moving day to-do list:
Set Up Your Wifi
You will probably want to get your computer and Wifi up and running as soon as possible in your new home, so plan on making this one of your first tasks. To make sure your router has a strong signal, place it in a central location away from hard surfaces and any obstacles. Setting it in a high spot is a good idea, and if your new place is large or has rooms that are blocked by the signal, you might want to consider Wifi extenders.
Double Check Your Utility Services
Setting up utilities at your new address is another task that should be done as soon as possible. In some cases, you might use the same companies as you did in your previous residence, and you will simply need to update your address. This can make setting up internet service, electricity, cell phone and other plans pretty easy. But if you are using an entirely different company for, say, your natural gas, garbage and/or sewer service, you should double check that everything is set up and ready to go either on the drive to your new home or shortly after getting in the door. Make a list of every utility and service you had in your former residence to help keep track of everything you will need to switch over or sign up for at the new place.
Prepare for Emergencies
Granted, the last thing you want to think of is a possible emergency happening at your new home. But you also don’t want to find yourself with a sick pet, ill child or leaking water line and be unsure who to call. Create a list with local phone numbers for the police department, closest hospital, fire department, water company, veterinarian, family doctor and more—and hang it on your fridge door or other easy to remember place. In addition to the list, walk around your home and locate your main water line, fuse box and any irrigation system equipment and be sure you can access everything easily.
Contact the HOA
If you are moving into a home or condo that has a homeowner’s association, contact them at the main office as soon as you can to learn about your HOA agreement. If you have not already received a copy of the declaration of covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs), you can ask them to email you this information. You can also see about how and when to pay your fees, as well as other handy info such as parking rules and permits, tips for trash day and a list of approved exterior paint colors.
Good Luck with Your Move!
Moving can be a very exciting adventure, as well as very time-consuming. Thankfully, by thinking ahead of what you need to tackle as soon as you move in, moving does not have to be emotionally taxing. From setting up your computers and Wifi and making sure your utilities are ready to getting ready for emergencies and contacting your HOA, your move should go well from start to finish.