Making the move into a new home can be a daunting task and a big adjustment for your whole family. Planning for moving day can make the experience more enjoyable and ensure everything flows smoothly into place so you and your family can focus on enjoying your new home.
The following simple tips will help make a pleasant move-in day:
Officially change your address.
Make a list of any businesses that you have personal accounts with and update your address. This includes banks, insurance, health care, credit cards, loans, etc. Also, remember to change your driver’s license and car registration after you have moved.
One way to ensure you do not miss any important mail is to submit a change-of-address to Canada Post.Canada Post requires you to purchase mail forwarding at least five business days in advance, so purchase the service online early to avoid delays.
Have utility services set up.
Utility companies require notices to have its services installed at your new home. Be sure to check the company’s policy and order the installation so the utilities are set up prior to moving in day.
Properly store important documents.
It is common for paper items to get misplaced or lost during a move. They can very easily get mixed up in the wrong boxes and end up in the trash. Make sure important documents such as closing paperwork, receipts, warranties, and instructions are all tucked away in a safe place and are accessible if needed during the move.
Explore your new house.
Get to know the ins and outs of your new space. Builders typically host an orientation for new owners. This is when you will discover all the key components of the house, learn about existing records, warranties and obtain any available operating manuals.
Get to know your HOA regulations.
If you live in a homeowner’s community, it is important you understand the homeowner’s association guidelines. Every community has different rules and regulations. Learn what is and is not acceptable in terms of decorations, landscaping and exterior fixtures.
Explore your new neighbourhood.
Although a new community is full of new restaurants, parks, and pathways it is important to introduce yourself to your neighbors. There are many benefits to developing good relationships in your community. You may find new friends with similar interests, playmates for kids, and/or valuable emergency contacts.
Plan a housewarming party.
Show off your home to new neighbors, family, and friends with a well-earned celebration. It is an added opportunity to mingle with newfound acquaintances and introduce your friends to your wonderful new community.
Relax and enjoy!
The work is completed, you have contacted all the necessary businesses and other contacts and made the effort to create your own unique living space. Sit back, relax and enjoy your new home!