Purchase of a new house is unquestionably one of the most exciting events a family can experience. One definitely feels very overwhelmed while moving the boxes, bubble wrap and other fixtures. However, besides a smooth moving process, there are several other factors which if considered will assist you in settling in at your new home quickly and efficiently.
Fill out the address form – an official change of the address form is very important because this is how you will be receiving all your mails. The address change can be easily executed by visiting the local post office. Alternatively, you can also visit the website of the post office. In addition, financial companies and banks should be intimated directly about change in the address.
Transfer your utility connection – Basic utility connections such as gas, electricity, water, the Internet and cable phone should be transferred to the new address without any sort of delay after you move into your new house. Depending upon the area, there is generally a certain time frame to have the utility connections transferred before the services are suspended.
Know your neighborhood – Introduce yourself to your neighbors to make a good reputation. They can help you map out the area easily and also provide inside information about the area. In addition, it is the neighbors who shall look after your house when you will be away for a vacation.
Get the locks changed – The previous owner of the house may own duplicate keys to your home. Therefore, it is recommended to have all the outdoor locks replaced. In addition, also get the garage lock changed.
Check the safety features – make sure to check the carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are fitted with batteries. Check the expiration date of the fire extinguisher and ensure that all the safety devices are in working done.
Explore the area – Take a walk or drive around the area to find the nearest hospital, post office, grocery store, gas station and bank. If necessary, also find a doctor and a dentist in the area.
House warming party – The settling process in your new home is incomplete until you hold a house warming party. Moreover, it is an excellent way to celebrate with relatives, old friends and neighbors.