Four Tasks You Should Not Put Off Upon Moving In

Moving into a new home is both exciting and overwhelming. Once you've relocated, there is still so much to do, from unpacking to meeting the neighbors. You don't have to do everything immediately, but there are a few tasks you should not put off upon moving in.

Review your moving company.

Moving companies rely on reviews from their customers in order to find new customers. Leaving them an honest review is the best way to show your appreciation for their service. It's important to do this when the moving experience is still fresh in your mind. Some things to include in your review include:

  • How friendly the movers are
  • Ways in which movers went above and beyond to make your move easier
  • How accurate the estimate was

Meet the neighbors.

You never know when you'll need an extra hand to move a heavy dresser or ask someone about the garbage pickup schedule. If you've already met the neighbors, you can ask them for help in situations like these. So, on the first day or two that you're in your new home, knock on your neighbors' doors (or catch them on their way to the mailbox) and introduce yourself. Most people will be more than happy to get to know you and may even offer their assistance before you need it.

Call the utility companies.

If the electricity and gas are working even though you have not yet called the utility companies, someone else is paying for them. It may be the landlord or the person who used to live in your home. It's not fair for someone else to be paying your utility bills, and you also don't want the utilities to be shut off without your knowledge. So, call your electric, gas, and water suppliers as soon as you move in; transfer service to your name.

Unpack your important documents.

You never know when you're going to need your insurance information and other important paperwork. You do not want to have to dig through five packed boxes to find these papers in an emergency situation, so make them one of the first things you unpack. Place them in a safe or another safe location where you can easily access them if needed.

Settling into a new home is no easy feat, but if you do the four things above as soon as you move in, you will be on the right track for success.