Moving is never a simple process. Even if you use movers, there’s always going to be unintended complications and mishaps.
But you can streamline the moving process by always following these 10 simply steps:
1. Change of Address — Go to the post office or fill out the change of address form. This can be done days or weeks before your move. Include the start date that coincides with the first day after you move into you new home. That way you will never miss any mail. You also should notify your creditors and the subscription departments of any magazines you subscribe to so that you don’t miss a bill or issue.
2. Shut Off/Turn On the Utilities — Call the cable, phone, Internet, garbage, sewer, electricity, gas and water providers at your old home and set a turn-off date for the day after you leave. Then call the same utilities at your new home and do the same thing in reverse.
3. Unpack Your Emergency First Aid Kid First — The first thing you move into your new home should be your emergency first aid kit. That way you can treat minor cuts and bruises right away. Also, learn the emergency contact phone numbers for your new home’s area and program them into your smart phone.
4. Find the Circuit Breaker Box — Check out the electrical box and familiarize yourself with what switches off what.
5. Locate the Emergency Water Shut-Off Valve — There probably will be two of these: One for the inside and one for the outside. If you aren’t sure where they are, ask the previous owner or landlord.
6. Check the Smoke Detectors — It’s a good idea to just go ahead and put fresh batteries in both the smoke detector and CO2 alarm.
7. Identify the Emergency Exits — Make sure everybody in your home knows how to get out of it in a hurry if there is an emergency. These include front and back doors as well as all first-floor windows.
8. Memorize Your New Address — You will be writing it down a lot, but it typically takes a while for most people to get used to their new home address.
9. Change the Locks — This isn’t mandatory, but it’s a good idea if you have the time and budget for it. You never know who the previous tenant gave keys to the home.
10. Update Your Legal Documents — Driver’s licenses, voting registration, car insurance and all other important IDs need to be changed to include your most current address.