Prior to moving to your new home, contact the local utility services for your new address and set up a time to begin service. You will need to make sure you have water, gas and electricity. If the previous tenants or residents left the utilities on, you will need to transfer services to your name.
Change of Address
It can take seven to 10 days for forwarded mail to begin arriving at your new address, reports the United States Post Office. While the USPS does a good job of getting your mail to your new address, some organizations, including motor vehicle departments or the Internal Revenue Service, will not forward mail. Organizetips.com recommends contacting the IRS, your motor vehicle bureau, business professionals such as lawyers, credit card companies, magazines, investment firms, your workplace and schools. It can take four to six weeks for magazines to reach your new address.
If you have kids, you may need to get their school records from their previous schools in order to enroll them at the new ones. Your new school district may provide information online. For example, the San Francisco Unified School District has an online portal, the Education Placement Center. It can help you find the right schools for your children. You may want to get copies of medical records from your doctors or leave them with signed authorization forms to release the records to your new doctors.
If you are buying a new house, your mortgage broker will most likely require home insurance. This is often included in the monthly payment for your mortgage. If you are renting, consider contacting a local agent at the new address for renter's insurance. You may want to transfer your auto and life insurance policies to a local agent as well.
If you move outside the address zone for your gym or other services, such as milk delivery, cancel them. Some gyms require cancellation notice in writing and proof of your new address. Adding this to your new home checklist can prevent unexpected automatic withdrawals from your checking or saving account after you move.
With your things in boxes, it may take a while to find essential kitchen supplies, like plates, cups and utensils. To make things easier, Simple Mom recommends that you decide what supplies you want to have for the new house. Even if you order pizza for a meal, you may need napkins and plates. Consider having bottled water in case the water is off at your new home. Snacks and basic food supplies, like peanut butter and crackers, can come in handy. Make sure you have toilet paper for the restrooms. You may want to have cleaning supplies on hand, especially if you move into a vacant home.