Planning a Move with Kids
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Planning a Move with Kids

I feel kids are one of life’s greatest gifts to parents. However, planning a move with little ones in your home can be extremely stressful. While you vigilantly pack belongings in boxes, your kids might begin determinedly unpacking them. Or you may not find the time to pack your things until your children go to bed at night. At that point, you might feel too tired to get started. If you can relate to these scenarios, consider hiring a reputable moving company. Professional movers can do the heavy lifting for you while you do what you know how to do best, take care of your kids. On this blog, I hope you will discover the undeniable benefits of hiring a moving company and how you can handle a move stress-free.

Planning a Move with Kids

10 Things to Do Right After You Move

Florence Gomez

Moving is something that almost everyone does at least once in their lives. The United States Census Bureau reports that about 12 percent of the US population moves each year, with more people moving from urban areas to the suburbs and renters moving at a higher rate than homeowners. Whether you are planning to move across the country or just across town, you'll be facing a lot of jobs both big and small that will need to be done as soon as possible after your move. If you are one of these people planning to change your residency, be sure you don't miss any important tasks. Here are ten things you should do right after moving. 

Get Organized

Get out a notebook and make a list of everything you need to do in order to make a smooth transition to your new home. Include a place to record services you've had completed and a place to write down the names of your new neighbors as you learn them. 

Make a List of Phone Numbers

Write down any important phone numbers and place them where the whole family can see them. Include each family member's new work number, the phone numbers for schools, the local police, and any other important organizations you think you might need to contact. Don't forget to include your own new house phone number so your family can memorize it. 

Turn on the Utilities

Call each utility supplier and get your services turned on and the bills in your name. Include electric, water, gas, sewer, and phone. 

Once you have electricity, you can check all of your appliances to be sure they weren't damaged while being transported from your old home to your new one. 

Find Your Breaker Box

Locate the breaker box that controls electricity in your home. It's a lot easier to find this when you have light than it will be when the power goes out in the middle of the night. 

Hook Up Technology

Get your Internet services set up and create a network of any printers or other devices you use. 

Change the Locks

You can't possibly know who might have a key to your house. The previous owner probably has several and may have given copies to renters, service providers, or other people. Change the locks, and you'll know exactly who has keys to your home. 

Get Your Car Registered

Register your car in your town, and get new license plates if you've moved from one state to another. You'll probably need proof of insurance as well as your registration in the state where the car was registered last. 

Update Your Driver's License

Visit the DMV to get a driver's license in your new state. Even if your move wasn't interstate, you'll still want to update your address. 

Update Your Insurance Information

You'll need to update contact information and coverage to any insurance you're keeping and obtain new insurance for anything else you'll need. You'll want to update your homeowner's or renter's insurance, your car insurance, and your health insurance. 

Forward Your Mail

Sign up to have your mail forwarded to your new address. You can do this online or at the post office. 

As your forwarded mail comes in, be sure to let each sender know about your new address. 

Moving can be an exciting adventure, but it can also be stressful. Make your transition from one home to another as easy as possible by creating a list of things to do and being sure to get the essentials out of the way. Once you've done the work, you will be free to explore your new community and enjoy your new place. 

Talk to your movers for more tips.