Update Utilities – If you haven't already done so, be sure to get all of your utilities in your name, and ensure they are up and running. We recommend taking this step 2-3 weeks before your actual move, to avoid any potential complications with your new service providers.
Keep Your Moving Documents/Receipts – We recommend keeping any important moving documents, such as your Bill of Lading and all payment receipts, in a safe or other secure location after you move. You might be able to write off some of your moving costs on your next tax return.
Update Your Insurance Policies – If you moved to a new state, it is important to make sure you are still covered under your old health insurance and car insurance policies. If not, you need to get new policies as soon as possible. Again, this is something that should ideally be done before your move, but if you haven't looked into yet, now is the time.
Make Sure Your Mail is Being Forwarded – Check in with your old residence to ensure your mail is no longer being delivered there. You have no doubt already completed a change of address form (if you haven't, do so right now), but it never hurts to double down.
Change Your Locks – Home security is something we should all take seriously. That's why we recommend changing the locks to your new home as soon as you move in. The reality is, you never know who the previous homeowners gave spare keys to, and you can never be too careful. Reprogramming your garage door is a smart idea as well.
Register to Vote – Depending on which state you move to, you may be able to do this while you update your driver's license. Be sure to get in touch with your local election office to update your address on your voter registration record. We recommend doing this no later than one month after your move.
Get to Know Your New Neighborhood – It can take a while to get acclimated to a new city, especially if you've never moved before. To ease the transition for you and your family, we recommend exploring your new neighborhood as soon as you take care of all of the moving essentials. That means getting to know your neighbors, joining a local club or organization, and trying out the local hot spots to make new friends. Don't forget to take advantage of new coworkers as well. They are a built-in network of referrals for just about anything you'll need in your new city.