10 Tips for settling into your new home
- Change your address with the post office and set your mail-forwarding. Call all your service providers to update your address (banks, credit cards, cell phones, etc.)
- Transfer utility connections (water, power and gas) to your name as soon as you move in to your new home. You usually will have a set amount of time to transfer the account into your name before your service is suspended. Check your local yellow pages for a list of local providers.
- Save all the papers associated with your new home (contracts, cancelled checks, sales receipts, owner’s manuals, and home warranty documents). Make sure that you read all of your product and home warranty documents so you know what to do in case something goes wrong.
- Keep track of your moving expenses since they can sometimes be tax deductible.
- Find and contact your local DMV to change your driver’s license and vehicle information.
- Tell friends and family that you have moved.
- Visit your local chamber of commerce website to learn local information on schools, libraries, community activities, and local businesses.
- If necessary, find a new doctor and dentist around your home. Don’t forget to provide them with your medical history records. In case of an emergency, it also doesn’t hurt to locate the nearest hospital in your area.
- Register to vote in your new community.