6 Things to Do Before Moving Into Your New Home

You don’t want to forget to do these six things when you move.

Buying a house takes a lot of effort. From finding the best mortgage loan to tracking down your dream home and getting an offer accepted, there’s a lot to do. Unfortunately, even after you’re ready to pack up and move, the work doesn’t stop.

To make certain your transition to your new place goes smoothly, there are six tasks you must check off your to-do list.

1. Turn on utilities and schedule essential services The last thing you want is to get to your new home after a hard day of moving and have no water, electricity, cable, or internet. Set up for these basic necessities, along with trash pickup, by scheduling your utilities and services to turn on when you move in. Most companies let you set a specific start date, so take this step early.

Ideally, the current homeowners will give you a list of the companies that provide your services. However, in some areas you may have choices. If that’s the case, research which options are most affordable. You may also need to make a deposit to set up your account, so have some money set aside to cover this.

2. Change your address You don’t want bills or other important mail to slip through the cracks, so notify the companies you do business with that you’re moving. Go through your recent bank and credit card statements and your address book and make a list of everyone you should notify about your move. It’s best to do this at least a week or two before you move.

3. Forward your mail Chances are good you won’t remember to notify everyone in your life about your new address, so sign up for mail forwarding with the post office to ensure that all the mail sent to your old address reaches you. The postal service says to allow up to two weeks, although it’s possible for mail to begin forwarding in as little as three days.

4. Register your kids for school If you’re changing school districts, register your kids with their new school. This is necessary even if your kids will only attend online classes. You may need to have their records forwarded by their old school, so be sure you allow time for that.

5. Switch your license address When you move, you must update the address on your driver’s license. This can be important for proof of residency and identification. Many DMVs allow you to do this online, although you can expect to pay a small fee.

6. Research local service providers You never know when you’ll need a veterinarian, a doctor, a dentist, a plumber, or another professional. If you’re moving far enough away that you need new service people, compile a list before you move so you aren’t scrambling in an emergency. Consider asking the current homeowners to make a list for you. They often have insights into things that are seasonal or particular to your new location, like snow removal or debris pickup for spring cleanup.

By taking these steps, you’ll be well prepared to enjoy your new home, and you won’t face unpleasant surprises like a lack of running water or a missed bill.

A historic opportunity to potentially save thousands on your mortgage Chances are, interest rates won’t stay put at multi-decade lows for much longer. That’s why taking action today is crucial, whether you’re wanting to refinance and cut your mortgage payment or you’re ready to pull the trigger on a new home purchase.peop

This article was originally published by Christy Bieber,

Recent news

How to shop for cleaning products - while avoiding toxics

In the midst of a pandemic, sales of cleaning products have skyrocketed, and many feel… Read more

100 Of The Most Iconic New Yorker’s Have Banded Together In Support Of The City They Love

Start spreading the news: Some of New York City’s most legendary icons are here to… Read more

2020 tied for warmest year on record, NASA analysis shows

Earth's global average surface temperature in 2020 tied with 2016 as the warmest year on… Read more

3 Drop Shipping Secrets Beginners Need to Know

So, you want to get started in drop shipping. You’ve heard it’s a great way… Read more

Trying to pay off debt? Here are 4 mistakes to avoid when doing that.

Paying off debt is one of the most worthwhile financial goals you can set for… Read more

How to save water at home?

Saving water is important for most parts of the world, as climates become drier and… Read more

Plastic drinking water pipes exposed to high heat can leak hazardous chemicals

In August, a massive wildfire tore through the San Lorenzo Valley north of Santa Cruz,… Read more

Critical Things To Know When Moving Long Distance

Many people are under the impression that all moves are the same regardless of where… Read more

US approves copper mine land swap on Native American land

The U.S. government published a report Friday that triggers a land swap involving U.S. Native… Read more

Ford closes German plant for 1 month as global chip crisis worsens

London (CNN Business) - Ford has ordered a month-long production halt at one of its… Read more