Congratulations! You have finally arrived in your new home. There has been quite a lot of activity and now you have all your things there. What should you do now?
CHECK YOUR UTILITIES
Hopefully, you had all of your utilities (water, electric, gas and we will throw in internet here too) turned on before you moved in. However, there is the remote possibility there was a glitch in the system, and this was for some reason delayed. When you arrive, go around and check to see if you are “hooked up” properly.
SECURE YOUR NEW HOME
To secure your new home, you should inspect it thoroughly.
First and foremost, you should secure your living space. This means make sure all the door and window locks are working properly.
Don’t forget to check on your fire extinguisher and see that it has an up-to-date inspection on the tag. More importantly, make sure you know how to use it. If you have any doubts, ask someone to show you, then put it in an easy to access place and don’t store anything in front of it.
Do you have a first aid kit? If not, you should. If you do, then make certain it has a fresh supply of aids in case of an emergence. Make an emergency contact card and put it on your refrigerator with a magnet.
Locate the electric fuse box and main water valve in case you need to shut off them off in an emergency.
Test your smoke detectors – According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) you should test your smoke detectors once a month and batteries should be replaced at least once or twice per year.
Locate a place for your safe – this is where you will put all of your important documents (birth certificates, passports, insurance policies, will, social security cards, health documents) or any tangible valuables (jewelry, safe deposit key(s))
SECURE YOUR PET(S)
When you bring a pet into a new home it’s important that they are safe and feel safe. If you have a cat that is used to going outside, do not let them go out for a few days so that they become accustomed to their new surroundings. Ideally, you should put them in a separate room from the moving activity. However, you should closely monitor them so they don’t develop separation anxiety. Remember, this home is new to them as well.
CHANGE YOUR ADDRESS
If you forgot to change your address before your move, you should do so immediately so there is no interruption in your mail service. Here is the official USPS link for changing your address: https://moversguide.usps.com/mgo/disclaimer.
However, putting in a change of address merely forwards your mail. You must make a specific change with each of your contacts. Most companies provide a place on their bills and statements making this change.
Of course, don’t forget your personal contacts. Friends are hard to come by, so don’t lose touch by inadvertently forgetting to inform them of your new residence.
CHANGE YOUR ADDRESS ON YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE/ID AND CAR REGISTRATION
Did you know that Florida law requires you to keep your driver license address current within 30 days after moving?
You can change your address on your driver’s license/ID online at this link: https://services.flhsmv.gov/VirtualOffice/
Changing your vehicle registration address is easy. In Florida, you can go to this web link to make this change: https://florida-assistance.org/florida-dmv/registration-and-title-services/address-change-on-registration/
INSPECT YOUR BELONGINGS
Before you moved, you made an inventory of your belongings. Now is the time do that inventory again. There is nothing wrong with dotting your “I’s” and crossing your “T’s”.
MEET YOUR NEW NEIGHBORS
After you’ve gotten settled in, why not make a daily routine of taking a walk around your new neighborhood and possibly meet some new friends. Make sure you take a smile with you on that walk. You will be glad you did.
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