Checklist of Things to Do When Moving Into a New Home or Apartment

A List of Moving In Tasks

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Use this checklist to help you settle into your new home. From what to expect your first night to tips on getting to know your neighborhood, everything you need to feel at home in your new home is right here.

  • 01 of 11

    Checklist of Tasks You Might Forget to Do

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    The last time we moved, we had made all the necessary arrangements to have our utilities set-up, which is never easy when you're moving to another city in another part of the country. Still, we'd had it all arranged before we left, and although we were assured that the lights would work when we arrived, we found that the company misjudged the time by a full day.

    So, to make sure you're not bumping into things in your new home, find out what you need to do after you move into a new home.

  • 02 of 11

    Clean Your New Space Before You Unpack

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    Whenever we move into a new place, the first thing we do is make note of all the things that need to be cleaned. Since it's rare that we move locally, we usually don't have a chance to do a thorough clean before our stuff arrives; instead, we have to clean around our things, which is not ideal, but does work. It just requires a little more patience.

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    Arrange Furniture

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    One of the great things about moving is the chance to start over in a new place, and by using floor plans, you can create a unique space that works well for you.

    With the help of some great online tools, creating that perfect new space is even easier. As we've mentioned in previous articles, we're in the process of planning our next move. And since we already know what the layout of our new home will be, we're starting to plan where everything will fit.

  • 04 of 11

    Get Unpacking!

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    If you're like me and you really don't like to unpack, then getting all that stuff out of boxes can be a nightmare. So it`s a good idea to create a plan to get it done or it'll never get done. You'll end up having to sort through boxes six months from now. The first rule of thumb, then, is to get organized. But how do you do that?  With this guide.

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  • 05 of 11

    Organize Your Closets

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    When you finally arrive in your new home, there's that initial excitement and relief that the hardest part of the move is over; however, such enthusiasm usually evaporates once you've had time to take in your new surroundings that are full of boxes - endless boxes!

    We should know - we're still living with boxes after our last move. But today, we finally took the time to unpack and organize our bedroom closet. Now, we had to run out to our local home and garden shop to purchase closet organizers, additional racks and storage bins, so it took me a while to install it all and put everything in its proper place.

    We do feel better. And you will, too.. We promise!

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    Set Up Utilities

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    Moving to a new city, town, state/province or country means setting up utilities in another area where your current suppliers may not provide service. If this is the case, disconnecting and reconnecting utilities can take a bit of time and juggling to ensure that your lights, heat and other services are functioning.

    Check out this guide to getting your home lit, heated and running smoothly.

  • 07 of 11

    Make a List of Emergency Numbers

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    The last time we moved into a new home, we moved first and ended up living almost 1200 miles away from our family. Now, we're not used to living alone, never mind in a strange house without any furniture. And there was still three weeks to go before the rest of our family could join us. So, when on a Saturday night at 3:00 am we heard a rattle at the back door, like someone was trying to get in, we panicked and dialed the the local police station.

    While the police didn't find any suspects, and we still don't know to this day if there really was someone at our back door or if our over-paranoid mind got the best of us, we were certainly glad that we prepared ourselves by creating an emergency contact list that we keep posted on the fridge.

    This should always be the first thing you do whenever you move into a new neighborhood or city; it's important that all family members know where to find it.

  • 08 of 11

    Collect Your Moving Receipts

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    While you move, it`s a good idea to keep all your receipts just in case you`re able to write-off your move. So if you haven`t done that yet, now`s the time to gather them together, make notes about what each item is for and more.

    Find out what you might be able to write-off and how to start the process with this guide to moving expenses.

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  • 09 of 11

    Take Inventory as You Unpack

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    After a move, an important step in unpacking is to take a home inventory. You want to make sure that all your items made it to your new place without damage or loss.

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    File an Insurance Claim

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    If you purchased moving insurance, and some of your items are missing or damaged, then you need to submit a claim. Be aware that this will take time, patience and persistence to get the claim through.

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    If You Had Problems With a Mover, Lodge a Complaint

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    If you had problems with your movers, it's a good idea to lodge a formal complaint. Not only will you ensure that the company responds to your problem, but you'll help others who are in the same situation as you.