Think that all the hard work is done just because you’ve got your belongings to your new home? Think again! There is still a lot to be done before you can be completely settled in your new home.
Check all major items for damages
You don’t have to unpack every single box to look for damages, but you should check your valuables, furniture, and major appliances. There is often a short time frame during which you can submit a claim for damages or file a claim with your homeowners insurance.
Register your vehicle and get a new license
Depending on which state you move to, you may only have a few days or weeks to register your vehicle and get a new license. Check at www.dmv.org/relocation/ to find state-specific information.
Register to vote
Don’t put this off to the last minute! Get your new voter registration filled out so you don’t miss voting in an important election.
Find new health care providers
When you move, it means you are going to have to change doctors, dentists, specialists, and also vets if you have pets. Make sure you have your records sent over to the new health care providers.
Check your insurance coverage
With some policies, you are able to carry your coverage over to your new home. With other types of policies, you may need to take out a new policy or switch providers. It is best to check this before you move so you can get any new policies finalized after the move.
Figure out the best way to get to work/school
Moving means you not only have a completely different route to take to work, but you may have to commute in a completely different way. You may learn that driving is just too stressful because of the traffic in your new city, but the public transportation is great. Or maybe you can bike to work and get some exercise in. Try out several different routes to figure out which works best for you.