10 Changes You Need to Make IMMEDIATELY After Moving


Shelley Koster
Bartlesville & Grand Lake Realtor

So, you have the keys to your new home, YAY!

But, before you start unpacking here are a few changes you need to make!

1. Locks

Even though someone says, “we changed the locks,” I still suggest to my clients to either take the locks down to the local locksmith for re-keying, or change out the entire knob and lock all together.

This is just a simple safety precaution that will give you and your family peace of mind.

2. Utilities

Chances are when moving into a new place you’ll have to get the utilities changed over and turned on before you move in. But, there is an off chance that the turnover will happen quickly and an overlap of utilities might occur.

If this is the case, then make the call to get everything switched into your name on your moving date. Also, be sure to change your cable, phone, and internet connection over to the new place as quickly as possible, so you don’t have to go without these services.

3. Insurance

Anytime you change your address, whether it is local or across state lines you need to loop in your insurance providers.

This will go for your property insurer and car insurer. The change in address could mean a change in your policy depending on the differences between your last home and your new home.

4. Alarm Batteries

Smoke alarms are essential. As soon as you move into your new place change the batteries with a fresh set to ensure they are working properly, to keep you and your family safe.

5. Leaks/Damages

Most home inspections conducting before closing will find leaks and damages, however it’s always good to double check.

If you happen to find a leak or something that you were unaware was damaged, then you will need to contact your realtor and seek legal advice on how to solve the issue with the former homeowner.

6. Emergency Exits/Plan

If you have children, then you will need to plan your family’s emergency exits in case of a fire.

Also, you will need to develop a plan and safe zones in case of a tornado. This way, you will not be caught off guard and you can keep everybody safe.

7. Home Inspection

Take the moments after you move in, and look over the home inspection sheet. Do a little digging for yourself, like we’ve already said, you need to double check to make sure everything is in order and there are no hidden damages that might set you back financially.

8. Mailing Address

You moved! Make sure you let your bills, subscriptions, and family members know this by changing your mailing address at the post office, having your mail forwarded to your new address, and informing your family and friends of the change.

This will keep you from missing out on important pieces of mail.

9. Light Bulbs

Once, I was helping a friend move, we arrived at the house during the night to unload another trip. We got into the house and started flipping switches; it was then we realized that a good portion of the lighting was either missing bulbs or the bulbs had been shot.

Learn from our mistakes and get those changed the moment you move into your new place.

10. Circuit Breaker

While we are on the subject of lighting, it is good to know where the circuit breaker is before you start unpacking your stuff. You don’t want the hassle of piling boxes in front of it, then having to move everything should you trip a breaker.

Congratulations on your new home! We hope you enjoy it very much! Until next time, keep on loving our city.

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