If the bubble wrap, pizza boxes and tape rolls are history, and you’ve just moved the last box into your new home, you might think the hardest part of the move is over. You’re right. But before you relax or collapse from exhaustion, there are a few things left to do. Here’s a checklist of easy post-move musts.
Set up utilities.
Change electricity, gas, water, cable, phone and Internet to your new address. Most utilities let you sign up for service or change your existing service online.
Fill out a change of address form.
Visit the local post office or go to www.usps.com to complete an official change of address form. Contact financial institutions directly to let them know you’ve moved.
Secure your place.
The previous homeowner’s friends and family could have copies of your keys, so call a locksmith and have all the outside door locks changed. Also, change the garage door opener codes.
Find the main circuit breaker, and check your major appliances to make sure everything is hooked up and ready to run.
Map out the area and get connected.
Take a drive or a walk around the neighborhood to find the nearest grocery store, gas station, pharmacy, hospital and post office. Consider subscribing to the local newspaper or community magazine. This will quickly get you up to speed on what’s happening in your neighborhood.
Keep track of moving expenses.
Thanks to the convenience of online and mobile banking, you can keep your accounts instead of opening new ones. Keep an eye on your balance, transfer money or pay a bill on the spot. The power to do it all is in the palm of your hand. With mobile banking from Navigator Credit Union, you can take us with you while you’re on the go — or shopping for that new door mat. To learn how to save time and money with the convenience of mobile banking, visit www.navigatorcu.org or call (800) 344-3281. Welcome home!