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Things To Do After Moving

Inspect Delivered Boxes
You do have the household inventory you prepared or received during the moving preparations, right? Check each moving box against the detailed list as it is carried inside your new home, and if a box or a household item happens to be missing, notify the moving crew right away and check together if it was left in the moving truck by mistake.

Get Your Utilities Up And Running
You should have arranged the connection of the main house utilities before the move, but if you haven’t done it for one reason or another, do so without delay. Naturally, the first utility companies to call are the power and water providers – things will look much brighter and smoother once you have electricity, gas and running water in your new house.

Unpack Essentials
Proceed by unpacking your essentials boxes and prepare the two most important rooms for normal use – the bedroom and bathroom. Moving days have the tendency to drain out people’s energy so you’ll definitely need a place to lay your weary body at the end of the most stressful day when moving. Assemble your bed (if necessary), unpack the box labeled as “Bedding” and prepare your bed for sweet dreams. Before you call it a day, however, you’ll desperately need to take a refreshing shower, so dig into the “Bathroom” container and take out the shower curtains, the towels, your favorite bathrobe, plus all the toiletries you’ll need to take away the stress and dirt of moving day.

Get Organized
It’s very important that you find the time to prioritize your post-move time. Take out a notebook and start writing down all the immediate tasks that you’ll have to take care of in the next few days, and even weeks. Just like the moving calendar enabled you to have a stress- and trouble-free move, this prioritized to-do list will clearly jump-start the speedy process of settling in your new home and your smooth period of acclimatization to the unknown surroundings.

Inspect Your House Thoroughly
One of the first things to do after moving into a new house is to get to know your place inside out. Locate your favorite magnifying glass and inspect every nook and cranny of your new home as meticulously and passionately as if your birth name were Sherlock Holmes. Inspect each and every room for visible signs of damage, especially from water or fire. Check for plumbing leaks, dripping faucets, and running toilets. One clever trick to make sure there are no water leaks of any kind is to register the readings of your water meter at the start and end of a period of several hours when no water is used anywhere in the house. If the two readings differ, then it’s a sure sign that you have a leaking problem and you’ll need to localize and fix it (or have it fixed).

Locate Fuse Box And Main Water Valve
Make sure you know where your circuit breaker box and main water valve are located in case of emergencies, or just in case you’re about to fix a power or water issue and need to turn off the electricity or cut off the water supply.

Secure Your New Home
Once the utilities have been connected, the house has been inspected for problems and the emergency centers located, it’s time to secure your new home against unauthorized access or harmful acts of nature. Change the locks on all outside doors to ensure that you and your family are the only persons who have access to your new home. Double-check all windows and doors and make sure they close securely. Install smoke detectors in every room. Provide at least one functional fire-extinguisher per floor. Purchase a few first-aid kits. Devise an escape plan out of the house in case of emergencies and make it known to each family member. Consult specialists and consider installing a burglar alarm, especially if your home is situated in a neighborhood with a relatively bad reputation.

Connect Major Appliances
If you have chosen to move your fridge, freezer, washing machine or dishwasher instead of selling them, giving them away to friends, donating them to charity or just throwing them away, now is the time to connect them and thus finish the process of unpacking and setting up the most delicious room in your new house or apartment – the kitchen. Refrigerators are the most fragile appliances from the ones mentioned above and extra care should be taken in their preparation and actual relocation. Just like millions of other people, you’re probably very interested in knowing the answer to the question, “How long do you have to let a fridge sit after moving it?”. You need to leave your fridge upright on its final kitchen spot for at least 3 full hours before you can plug it in and turn it on after moving. This is roughly the time it takes for the oil, which must have escaped the compressor and flown into the cooling lines, to return to the heart of the cooling mechanism – the compressor.

Continue Unpacking
You already unpacked the essentials boxes and furnished and arranged the most frequently used rooms, but what about the rest of your new residence? Step by step, the unpacking process will stretch out and reach the living room, spare guest room, garage, basement, attic and any other storage areas of your home.

Recycle Packing Materials
Unpacking will leave you with plenty of packing materials which you may no longer need. Of course, a number of the moving boxes you used during the relocation will be in such a bad shape that you will have no other option but to throw them away for recycling. Others, however, will be good enough to survive the stress of another move and those you can keep for yourself, give to friends in need or try to sell (however, don’t expect large profitable margins from their sale).

Documents To Collect Before Your Move

Some of the important documents to take with you when moving will be neatly stacked in your filing cabinets, others will be scattered around your home, and still others will have to be retrieved from different institutions. You are going to need.

Personal ID documents – gather your and your family members’ birth certificates, passports, driver’s licenses, social security cards, marriage certificates or divorce certificates (if any), military documents (if applicable), etc. and put them in a small fireproof lockbox. Have in mind that you may need these documents along the way or before your shipment has been delivered to your new home, so keep them at hand all the time.

Moving documents – when you sign a contract with your chosen movers, they should provide you with a number of important documents, such as a binding estimate, an inventory list, moving-guide pamphlets with lots of useful information and practical tips, etc. You will need to consult these documents (as well as your personal moving calendar and your customized moving checklists) frequently throughout the moving process, so keep them in a secure and easily accessible location (separate from your other documents) until moving day. When the moment comes to leave your old home for good, put all the moving related paperwork in the lockbox with the rest of your documents and take them with you.

Financial documents – keep your credit cards, your bank account statements, saving statements, bank transaction statements, loan papers, income tax papers, tax receipts, and tax deduction bills safe and away from other people’s eyes. It is also a good idea to designate a separate plastic sleeve of your documents’ folder where to put all the receipts for moving-related expenses, as well as any receipts from charity organizations you have donated items to before your move. You will need these receipts for tax deductions at the end of the year.

Property-related documents – selling and buying agreements, lease copies, mortgage documents for both your old home and your new residence, insurance policies for your property, auto insurance cards, registration documents of motor vehicles and other property related documents are also among the important documents to keep when moving house.

Medical records – visit your doctor shortly before your move and obtain all the medical documentation you are going to need in your new city – records of your and your family members’ vaccinations, health problems, specific medical needs, etc. Also, have your prescription medicines transferred and don’t forget about your dentist records either. If you have pets, you’ll have to retrieve copies of their veterinary records and vaccination certificates, as well.

School records – don’t forget to collect your children’s school records, as you will need them to enroll your kids into new educational facilities after the relocation. If your child is applying for a college or university, be sure to request certified copies of his/her school transcripts.

Whether you are moving for work or in pursuit of better employment opportunities, make sure you have your professional licenses, skills qualifications, degree certificates, and letters of reference with you.

Any contracts, warranties, manuals, etc. may also come in handy under certain circumstances, so it is a good idea to bring them along to your new home. Also, prepare a list of important phone numbers (emergency numbers, medical facilities, auto services, your moving company, the hotel you intend to spend the night in on the way to your new home, friends and relatives, etc.) you can easily access at any time. It is essential to have all these phone numbers written on paper as your phone may run out of battery or get damaged.

Moving Options #4 Renting a Moving Container

When moving, everyone needs a little moving help. Relocating comes with lots of decisions, including how to get your belongings from point A to point B. With various types of moving help available, it can be difficult to figure out what option is best for your move. That’s why we’ve broken down the top four choices for you.

Moving containers are a great alternative to traditional local and long-distance moving services. Whether you’re moving cross-country or across town, moving containers simplify the moving experience. If you’re looking to work at your own pace, a moving container may be the right moving service for you.

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Moving container companies will deliver a container right to your house. These containers come in a variety of sizes, allowing you to choose the right size that meets your needs. While most moving containers are made of metal, some companies offer wood containers.

While you can load the container yourself, you can also hire moving labor to help you out. Whether you choose to do it yourself or hire help, moving container companies let you load the container at your leisure. Ample time to load helps reduce moving stress!

Storage
If you’ve loaded your moving container but aren’t quite ready to bring it to your new place, moving container companies can help you out. Some companies offer storage centers where you can securely leave your moving container. Companies with these storage services can come to your home and bring your moving container to a storage facility until you’re ready to move into your new home.

As an added benefit, some companies allow you to make an appointment if you need something from your container while it’s in storage.

Transportation
When you’re ready, moving container companies will pick up your loaded container and deliver it to your new home. Drivers won’t touch the contents of your container, making your move incredibly secure. When looking for a moving container company, check to see whether they service local or long distance moves.

Unloading
Just like loading your container, you can unload it at your own pace. Whether you hire moving help or unload the container yourself, you don’t have to return the container right away. Check with a moving container company to determine the limits on keeping the container at your new place. While some companies let you keep the container for a week, others provide you with a 30-day loading and unloading period.

Insurance
Moving container companies typically offer a few different protection options. Depending on the value of your belongings, your coverage level may vary. Read up on a moving container company’s coverage plans prior to booking their services.

Cost
Moving container companies tend to charge for a 30-day or monthly period of time. Factors that go into pricing include the size of the moving container, the duration that you rent it for, and the distance that it needs to be transported. Some moving container companies may require a deposit, so be sure to ask about this before booking your rental.

Moving Options #3 Hiring a Moving Company

When moving, everyone needs a little moving help. Relocating comes with lots of decisions, including how to get your belongings from point A to point B. With various types of moving help available, it can be difficult to figure out what option is best for your move. That’s why we’ve broken down the top four choices for you.

If you’re looking for a more full service moving experience, hiring a full service moving company is a great option for you. Along with transporting your belongings, many moving companies offer several additional moving services. Knowing what tasks you need help with (and what your options are) will help you choose a moving company that fits your needs.

Packing and unpacking
Like moving labor services, full-service movers will also help you pack and unpack your belongings. While some people choose to do the packing and unpacking themselves, many moving companies offer a variety of packing/unpacking services. Whether you want a full packing service or only need help with the fragile items, moving companies will tailor their services to your needs. If you don’t want to provide your own, many moving companies offer packing supplies such as boxes, padding, and moving blankets.

Loading and unloading
Whether you choose to pack your items yourself or pay for packing services, moving companies will load and unload your belongings. Since loading and unloading are arguably some of the hardest parts of a move, professional help will make a big difference.

When you leave it up to the experts, your belongings will be properly loaded to maximize space in the moving truck and ensure the safety of your property. Moving companies will also unload your belongings for you, making the transition into your new place much easier.

Truck driving
Full-service moving companies also handle the transportation of your household goods. If you’re not comfortable driving a moving truck yourself, don’t worry! Professional drivers will transport your belongings to your new home quickly and efficiently. When looking for a moving company, make sure you check whether they service local or long-distance moves.

Furniture disassembly and assembly
Hired moving help can facilitate so many aspects of your move — including furniture disassembly and assembly. If you’re moving extra-large furniture, it sometimes needs to be disassembled before loading it onto a truck or into a moving container. If you can’t deconstruct furniture on your own, many moving companies offer these services.

Insurance
You should pay close attention to moving insurance before booking a moving company. Moving insurance is technically called valuation (which functions like insurance). In the chance that your belongings are damaged or lost during your move, having moving insurance will give you peace of mind during your move.

Cost
The cost of hiring a moving company depends on a variety of factors, such as the size of your home and the distance of your move. Different insurance plans and the transportation of specialty items will also contribute to the final cost of hiring a moving company.

For a better idea of how much it costs to move, take a look at the industry averages for local and long-distance moves. The best way to determine the cost of hiring a moving company is to get a quote directly from the company.

Moving Options #2 Hiring Moving Labor

When moving, everyone needs a little moving help. Relocating comes with lots of decisions, including how to get your belongings from point A to point B. With various types of moving help available, it can be difficult to figure out what option is best for your move. That’s why we’ve broken down the top four choices for you.

If you’re driving a moving truck or renting a moving container, you may still need help loading and unloading your belongings. You can enlist friends to do your heavy lifting, but sometimes it’s best to get professional moving help. Look into moving labor services for a speedy and safe move.

Packing
While it’s pretty easy to find free moving boxes, packing up your belongings correctly can be a challenge. If you’re short on time or are dealing with heavy items, it’s a good idea to hire moving help. Professionals have the experience of packing items quickly and correctly and will help simplify your moving process. From wrapping furniture to packing standard boxes, professional packing help will keep your belongings secure and protected during your move.

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Even if you pack your boxes yourself, you might want to hire moving labor to load your truck or moving container. Hired moving labor services can load even the heaviest items onto your truck. If you need to transport heavy furniture or appliances, you should look into hiring moving help. Hiring moving labor will ensure that your belongings are loaded efficiently and quickly. Professionals also know how to load your items in a secure, organized fashion. If you’re in a time crunch, unable to lift heavy boxes, or are simply too overwhelmed, hiring professional moving labor will ease your move.

Unloading
If you need help loading your belongings into a truck or moving container, you’re probably going to need help unloading as well. Moving labor services will not only unload your items but bring them into your new place and take them to their designated rooms. Some moving labor services will even help you assemble furniture and unpack boxes.

Insurance
When you hire moving helpers from a reputable company, they should be licensed and insured. Should anything happen to your belongings during your move, moving labor insurance ensures that you will be compensated for any damage or loss. Be sure to about insurance policies when looking for a moving service. If you end up needing to file a moving insurance claim, we recommend preparing to do so prior to your move (just in case).

Cost
Moving labor services charge by the hour. For two movers, you should typically expect to pay around $140 per hour, with each mover earning $70 per hour. Still, different factors go into the exact cost of labor. For instance, moving labor services may charge extra for particularly challenging items. If you’re moving a grand piano or bulky exercise equipment, be prepared to spend a little extra.

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