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A smart to-do list for every new homeowner

  • Mar 22, 2019
  • By NextEra Home

Sure you remembered everything? Don’t forget these 5 tasks.

Congratulations on your new house! It’s a major milestone and a huge project. There’s so much to remember. To make your move-in safer and easier, we’ve put together a list of five important action items to do before moving day.

  • Change your address and forward your mail. Complete and mail a Change of Address form at least two weeks prior to the move. This will help you avoid losing important pieces of mail. Visit your local post office, or go to usps.com. Then, right after moving in, update your address on your online accounts, such as shopping sites.
  • Set up your utilities in advance. Electricity and running water make moving into your new home-sweet-home even sweeter. Contact your local utilities to set up accounts before you close on the house. And cancel your current utility service prior to moving out.
  • Change the locks. A turnkey move includes making sure you’re the only one with a key to your new abode. Replace all the exterior door locks before moving in. You should also consider a new garage door opener for added security.
  • Protect yourself from carbon monoxide, smoke and gas leaks. Locate the gas line’s shut-off valve before you move in. And be sure to test the carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. If the new house doesn’t have any, install them to safeguard your respiratory health.  
  • Buy a fireproof box. Once you’ve inspected or installed the detectors, take steps to protect your important documents and keepsakes. Invest in a fireproof box and store it in a secure area such as a crawl space or bedroom closet. This insulates your valuables against flames and floods.

It’s a big job moving into a new home and one of the most important life events, too. Do these five things first and you’ll be free to focus on all the little moving issues that pop up. And again, congratulations.