During those first few days, you’ll likely feel a bit unsettled with boxes everywhere. In time, however, things will start to feel a little more normal. There are a few things you should try to do as soon as you move in to help you get life in your new home off to the best start.
Take a look at four of the things you’ll want to do once you move into your new home.
1. Update Your Address Across Platforms
It’s very important that you keep your details up-to-date when you move. If you haven’t already put a mail forwarding service in place for your old address, make that a priority. You should also spend time going through all of your major correspondence and accounts such as your credit card, kids’ school information, etc., to make sure you don’t miss any new mail while at your new address. This can save a lot of future headaches and prevent missing important information and late fees. You should also make sure the bills for your new home are all registered to you, and that you clear any charges from the previous owners.
2. Check on the HVAC
You’ll want your new home to feel comfortable as soon as you can, and learning how your heating and cooling system works is a good start. You should check that everything is working correctly, and should think about bringing in some HVAC maintenance and repairs to check over your system. You can sign up for an annual service to maintain your HVAC and also keep up to date on when it will need to be replaced. I didn’t know until I owned a home, that HVAC filters need to be routinely cleaned in order to maintain the efficiency of the system. Our older HVAC system motor died because our filter was so gunked up that it couldn’t bring air in effectively.
3. Meet Your Neighbors
Try to introduce yourself to your new neighbors as soon as possible. If you leave it too long, you may never get to know them at all! Getting to know your neighbors can help you feel more settled in your neighborhood, and could introduce you and your kids to some new friends too. If you find these things a little nerve-wracking, take a look at some of the best ways to introduce yourself to new neighbors that will make things a little easier. My go-to dish to bring neighbors is banana bread, and it has been a big hit so far.
A great ice-breaker is to make a delicious dish to share with the neighbors and use that opportunity to get to know them a little better. You never know when you will need to ask for their help in a pinch.
4. Clean Your House
Moving into a new house is the perfect time to declutter and clean, using your new home to start fresh. Get rid of furniture that doesn’t fit the space or your current style, sell or donate clothes and toys that no longer serve your family, and clean those hard-to-reach places, like the inside of cabinets, garages, and attics, but they become filled with stuff. You’ll be happy to start life with a clean slate