New Neighborhood Checklist: Who to Call and What to Do After the Move
By: Jamie Kreps
Moving into a new neighborhood is an exciting time filled with so many opportunities. Your new digs will bring new neighbors, new local spots to explore, and lots of other new experiences for you. When the last box has come to rest on your new floor, it’s time to begin the next step: what to do after the move.
Whether you hired professional movers to help or you orchestrated the move entirely on your own, the process doesn’t end with moving day. If you haven’t begun already, now is the time to handle the rest of the details like utilities, schools, and recreations.
When you reach this point in the process, it can help to create a new checklist to ensure you don’t forget any of the important details. To help, here are some items you’ll want to include on your new neighborhood checklist:
1 – Familiarize Yourself with Your Home
This may seem like a silly step, but you’ll want to first make sure you know the ins and outs of your new home. Make note of where all of your utility spots are located so you are able to direct technicians when they arrive for hookup. Locate all of the important connections such as your main breaker box, any gas or electric meters, and water lines or wells. Knowing this will keep things simple when you have your new utility services set up.
2 – Update All Records After the Move
If you haven’t already, you’ll want to take care of updating your address with all pertinent services. Make sure you register with your local post office to ensure you receive all forwarded mail properly. Contact your new license bureau to update your driver’s license and registration after the move. You will also want to update your voter registration while you’re speaking with the license bureau. If you’re a veteran, be sure to get in touch with your new VA’s office. Lastly, you’ll want to set up a visit with your new physician to have your medical records brought over and new patient information set up.
3 – Update Security
Everyone handles home security differently, but this should be one of the first steps you take to protect your new home. Whether it’s as simple as changing out the locks or a more integrated security system, now is the time to take care of it. At the very least, you will want to install new locks as quickly as possible upon moving in. Taking care of basic security measures will help you feel more comfortable after the move.
4 – Check Out Local Recreation
One of the best ways to ease the transition into a new neighborhood is to get involved. Check out local fitness and recreation centers, visit parks, and try new restaurants. Ask around to find out what the locals have to say about must-see places in your area. Learn about the city with a trip to the library or a walk through an historic district. Knowing more about your area and visiting the public locations will help you to feel more connected in your new surroundings.
5 – Introduce Yourself
Lastly, make a point to introduce yourself to your new neighbors. Often times neighbors will take the initiative to say hello when someone new moves in, but if not, don’t be shy! Take a stroll through your new neighborhood. Wave hello and introduce yourself to neighbors you see out and about. Or, if you’re feeling really social, plan a housewarming party to get to know those around you. There’s no better way to make a new neighborhood your own than getting out there and exploring after the move!