September 30th, 2019 8:43 PM by Jackie A. Graves, President
Congratulations on your new home! It’s been a long stressful
journey getting to where you are now. You’ve had to give up your old home,
decide whether you can afford a new one, and then move your entire life to a
new state or a new neighborhood. It’s been stressful, but you’re almost
through. Most people wish that they could have a checklist as they’re settling
in. So, to help, here is a 5 step checklist.
1. Notify the Post
Office and the Bank
The first thing that you should do is make sure that you contact
the post office and make sure that they’re aware of the change. All you have to
do for this is fill out a change-of-address form. Head into the closest Post
Office and fill out the form. Then, call your banks and make
them aware of the change as well. This would mean that you should also change
your billing address for credit cards and for any online shipping (like
2. Switch Your
Utilities and Services
Step two is just as easy. After you’ve taken care of the
important things with the Post Office and the bank, call your utilities to let
them know that you’ve switched addresses. This will stop you from receiving any
bills from your old address (which is important if you’re renting it out) and
ensure that you are receiving the bills for your current address. If you had
any pest control services, lawn care, or any other service performed on your
old home, give them a call and make sure that they know you’ve moved.
Hopefully, they can still service in your new area and the change will be quick
3. Make Sure You’re
Once most of the finances are taken care of, it’s time to make
sure that you’re as safe as possible. If you’re buying a home from someone
else, it’s possible that they still have copies of the keys used for the house.
To be safe, contact a locksmith and get all of the keys remade and changed.
Change all the codes for the home and garage as well. Then, head inside and
make sure that all of the safety features of the home are working. This means
checking the Carbon Monoxide detectors, smoke detectors, and fire
extinguishers. It doesn’t hurt to hire someone to come out to double check the
home for mold or termites either (this should have been done before the house
was put up for sale).
4. Fulfill Promises
to Your Family
Things are going to feel weird in the new home for a couple
days. The fastest way to move in and get settled is by making the home feel like
it’s really home. If there was anything that you sacrificed to the get the new
home, make plans with your family to get it. For example, if all your kids
wanted was a new pool but the house didn’t have one, create a financial plan to
get there and think it out step by step. Start by researching for a company
that does custom pools in your city.. Then, work with the company to
create a financial plan to put in the pool. In order to help your children best
adjust to the idea of moving to a new place, make sure that you’re honest with
them the entire process.
5. Review the HOA
If you’ve purchased a home in an HOA area, make sure that you
review the rules a few extra times. Hopefully, you already know what to expect
from your HOA, but reviewing the rules will help ease any stress while you’re
figuring out the area. The Home Owners Association usually has very strict
rules for what you can and can’t have outside in the area. They can also be
strict about the upkeep of a property and the style of decorations. So, stay up
to date with the rules.
After you’ve taken care of the important things, go ahead and do
the fun steps. Go out and meet your neighbors, explore the area, decorate the
inside of the home, and relax on the couch. You’re done. You can now feel great
about your accomplishments because you finished everything. From here on out,
it’s life as usual.
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