There’s often a lot of emphasis on planning and preparing for a move as well as packing for a move, but there’s not a lot being said about how to settle in once you are in your new home. When the last packing box is finally placed in its proper room, what then? Yes, you may be heaving a sigh of relief that the whole move is over and done with, but there are some things you still need to do in order to properly settle in.
Assess your items, especially major appliances and furniture
Before your removals team has a chance to leave, check and assess your items first, especially major appliances and furniture. This is especially important if the removals firm was the one who did the packing for you. You need to check if your items are in the same condition they were in before the move, and you need to check your appliances such as your oven, dishwasher, refrigerator, laundry machine, and the like are working properly. A good removals firm, such as one from Advanced Removals (check out their services at http://www.advanced-removals.co.uk) will agree to you checking your items first and will make sure they are moved properly in the first place.
You should also check and do an inventory of all your boxes and make sure nothing was misplaced or lost during the move. To make this chore easier, make sure your boxes have been properly labeled from the beginning, with a label for the room where they will be placed and a list of the contents.
Keep the records
You should also make it a point to collect and save any relevant documents or paperwork pertaining to your move, such as receipts, lists, and the like, and keep them in one folder. An additional advantage of keeping the relevant paperwork is that you may be able to claim it on the filing of your tax return.
Get to know your neighbourhood
You have probably taken the time to get to know your neighbourhood prior to your move, especially when it comes to the location of shops, schools, parks, hospitals, and so on. But in order to have an easier time settling in, you may want to subscribe to any local magazine or newspaper so you can have a broader and more updated perspective on what’s going on in your new neighbourhood. Whilst you’re at it, get to know the professionals (such as GPs, dentists, plumbers, electricians, and so on) in your new neighbourhood as well.
Confirm your new address
If you have already made changes to your mailing address with the postal service, confirm it again. Contact the service and check if they have really made the necessary changes. It’s best to be sure, after all.
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