You’re moving into your new home. Now what?
First things first. You will need to establish a local support system, set up new utility accounts and notify government agencies of your new address. Our seven tips are designed to help you before you move and once you arrive to get you settled in quickly!
1. Set up New Accounts with Utility Providers.
Lights, air and hot water are easy to take for granted until they are noticeably absent. Contact electric and gas companies several weeks in advance of your move to give them enough time to set up your utilities and service appliances.
2. Register Your Vehicle(s).
When moving into a new area you may need to notify municipal and state authorities of which vehicles you are registering at your new address. Be sure to find out how to be notified of any required property tax, licensing or other deadlines that may apply. Doing this ahead of time will save you additional headaches when you make your first trip to the local state office to update your license and plates.
3. Register to Vote.
Avoid hassles with absentee voting by registering to vote ahead of Election Day. Many states may accept the National Mail Voter Registration Form, but there could be exceptions. Check with your local election commission to find out what local or state rules might apply and identify local, polling stations and election dates.
4. Forward Your Mail.
The United States Postal Service allows you to forward mail from your old address for up to a full year. (You’ll need to renew after the first six months of complimentary service.) Simply submit a Change of Address form online or fill out a paper form at your local post office.
5. Locate New Health Resources.
Better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your family’s health. Find preferred providers, clinics and local pharmacies and create a contact list for everyone in the family to reference. Don’t forget about Fido either. A local vet should be on your emergency list as well if pets are making the trip with you.
6. Contact Insurance Companies.
Talk to an insurance agent about covering liabilities during your move and how to transfer your homeowner’s and auto policies to your new address.
7. Update Your Newspaper and Magazine Subscriptions.
Don’t miss an issue of your favorite magazine. Be sure to go online or call and update your delivery address.