Moving to a new home is stressful and overwhelming, especially if you have children and pets to take care of in between. All the anxiety and the tasks you have to complete can make you forget about important things to do after you move.
In today’s post, we’ve listed seven tasks that people often forget when they’re relocating. This list will remind you of what you need to organize after you’ve settled into your new home. Keep reading so you don’t forget these important to-do’s when you move.
1. Pack Up Garden Tools
When you’re packing items inside your home, you may forget that you have tools and appliances outside that you also need to pack. You may leave spades or garden forks outside and even potted plants that you’ve been nursing for years.
Inspect your outside area after moving, and make sure you’ve packed all your tools, gardening equipment, and plants.
2. Removing Items from the Basement or Attic
The attic and basement are areas in your house that you might not visit often. These areas are used to store stuff that you don’t use regularly, like Christmas or Halloween decorations. So it’s easy to forget that you have items stored in your attic or basement.
Pack items from your attic and your basement first before starting on the main areas of your house. Use this as an opportunity to declutter and get rid of stuff you don’t want to take to your new home.
3. Changing Your Address for Subscriptions
Have you subscribed to magazines, newspapers, or collector’s items? People sometimes forget that they have subscriptions and never change their address after they move. Change your address for all the companies you’ve subscribed to so you don’t lose out on new magazines or items that are released.
4. Making Arrangements With Utility Companies
One of the top things homeowners overlook when they move is canceling or making new arrangements with their utility companies. If you don’t cancel services like gas or electricity, you’ll continue receiving bills.
Put the task on your to-do list so you don’t forget to make arrangements with your utility company. You may also want to sign up for home warranties for your new home. Companies like Sears Master Protection can save you money if you need to replace or repair items in your home.
5. Handing in Your Old Set of Keys
It’s easy to misplace keys or even lose them while you’re relocating to a new house. You may even forget to hand in your set of keys after relocating. Get a large keychain and place all your house keys onto it so you don’t lose them. Put a reminder on your phone to leave keys for the new owner or hand them over to the landlord of your old property.
6. Plugs and Chargers
Small items such as chargers and plugs can be overlooked when you’re packing your house. You may not notice your chargers plugged into walls or extension cords lying in corners after you move. Make a note on your phone or set a reminder to check for any small items around your house that you may have overlooked.
7. Cleaning Your Previous Home After Moving
After moving, the house you once lived in may need cleaning. Some people overlook this step, which can be disastrous for the new owners. Make sure you deep clean your old house after moving to ensure cupboards, walls, floors, and windows are dirt-free.
You want to ensure that the new owners feel comfortable when moving into the house. Additionally, when cleaning, you can do a full inspection of the house to ensure you haven’t left anything behind.
Tips to Help You Remember Important Tasks When You Move
There are many ways you can remind yourself of important things to do after you relocate to a new home. We suggest using your smartphone to create a schedule and to remind you of what to do on certain dates.
You can use apps like Microsoft’s To-Do so you can add your tasks and write notes under each one. Set a date for each task so you can get reminders regularly during the moving process.
As you can see, there are many tasks you may forget when moving to a new home. This is because there are a lot of things you have to do in between moving, and you may feel overwhelmed and stressed.
However, if you use the tips provided in this article, you won’t forget important tasks that need to be completed after you move, and you’ll avoid common things that are overlooked.