Moving house is a time when things tend to get pretty hectic and even a bit crazy. And despite the fact that Moving day takes the prize as the most stressful and exhausting culmination of your entire move, your post relocation period can also prove to be rather chaotic. The toughest leg of your relocation journey may be already over, but there are so many things yet to be taken care of. Unfortunately, with so many moving tasks to complete, it’s no wonder that the chance of committing post relocation moving mistakes remains relatively high.
To avoid perfectly avoidable post-move problems and headaches, get familiar with the top 7 common mistakes to avoid after moving into a new house.
1. Failure to have your utilities switched on
Considered to be a pre-move moving task, the connection of the major utilities in your new home is something that you may have forgotten to take care of prior to the move. If this is the case, you should correct this moving mistake immediately by contacting your new city power and water providers, and set up a date and time for the re-connection of your municipal services.
Once you have electricity and running water in your new home, make the necessary arrangements with the corresponding service providers to enjoy the indisputable advantages of the Internet, phone and other important services.
2. Failure to change your postal address
Not changing your postal address is a clear moving mistake that will keep you from having new mail delivered to your new home. Similar to the previous lapse, you need to address this issue immediately.
Head down to your local postal office and complete the procedure for changing your postal address in person. Alternatively, you can save valuable time by filling out a change of address request with the USPS online. Sadly enough, bills will probably be the first things to find their ways into your mailbox.
3. Failure to inspect your new property
This is your new home now and you need to know it like the palm of your own hand. It’s a common post relocation mistake not to take a long exploratory tour around the entire house or apartment, including the outside perimeter of the property as well. Find the fuse box and the main water valve and look for any signs of damage /water, fire, infestations/.
The main idea behind this new home inspection is to locate any major or minor problems with the property and have these issues fixed as soon as possible.
4. Failure to clean your new house or apartment
After moving into a new house, one of the must-do tasks you may accidentally forget to complete is to clean thoroughly your new place. The process of unpacking will surely leave its dirty marks throughout the property and besides, you want the living space to be fresh, spotless and generally welcoming, don’t you?
If your new home was previously owned or rented by other people, then it’ll be an even bigger moving mistake not to give it a good old sweeping simply because you never know what may have happened there.
So, purchase quality cleaning products and get down to work.
5. Failure to make your new home as safe as it can be
It’s a grave moving mistake to neglect the security of your new home and thus compromise your safety and that of your family. Change the locks of all exterior doors to limit the access to family members only. Also, it’s a good idea to check the security level of all doors and windows, place operating fire extinguishers on each floor level and install smoke detectors in each and every room.
If your new home is situated in a fairly unsafe neighborhood, consider having a master burglar alarm installed. Furthermore, it’s imperative that you do whatever you deem necessary to childproof and pet-proof your new place.
6. Failure to meet your neighbors
It usually turns out to be a rookie post relocation mistake not to introduce yourself to your neighbors and consequently get to know them better. You don’t have to become best friends with the folks next door but it’s an undeniable fact that they can give you timely guidance in the form of practical tips and good advice on what you should do and what you shouldn’t do in this unfamiliar environment.
A simple, “Hi, I’m your new neighbor.” can set the tone for mutually favorable friendly relationships with the people who live next to you, and why not even develop into good friendships over time.
7. Failure to write a moving review
Once your cross country move is over, you may be thinking that it’s not worth the time to leave a moving review with which you can rate the services of your moving company. And yet, you should know that writing a moving review after moving to a new city can prove to be beneficial in several different ways.
Your review will help other people who are about to move to a new home and are in desperate need of reliable and experienced cross country movers. By aiding them, you will certainly be aiding yourself as well the next time you yourself are faced with another move. Also, your brief relocation story and your ratings can server as a good dispute solver in case you and your movers still have unresolved issues.