Let’s be honest: While moving from one home to another is an incredibly exciting time, it usually carries some stress with it. So, be prepared.
To help you get all your ducks in a row, here are five tips for moving into a new home:
- Get all of your utilities transferred over. Make sure to get your electricity, gas, water, sewer, trash and recycling transferred from your old address to your new place. If you are moving far away from the area of your old home, then be sure to contact the utility companies and let them know to take the utilities out of your name. This will make sure you are not paying for services that you are not using.
- Contact the local DMV and get your driver’s license transferred over. Depending upon the state you are moving to, you may be contacting the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Motor Vehicle Department, or the Secretary of State’s office. So, be sure to find out which one you need to contact by visiting your state’s website.
- Register to vote in your new jurisdiction. This means making sure you know your polling place and what precinct you are in, this way you will know the candidates to watch for in the next presidential, gubernatorial, and local elections.
- Change your address with the Post Office. This can be done online by visiting the Post Office’s website and following the instructions there.
- Hire a moving company! Movers will be needed to help you with all of your oversized furniture. If necessary, ask the moving company about self-storage or furniture storage facilities. Moving companies take a huge hassle out of the moving process, allowing you the time necessary to attend to all the other details.