Well, you’ve reached your new home safely, and you now probably can’t wait to begin setting up for this exciting new stage of your life! After all, it’s not every day that you get to organize a perfect move without any major hiccups along the way, and on top of that, to move into a big and beautiful residence. You have every reason to be proud of yourself and tout it on social media!
Unfortunately, it’s still a little too early to open that bottle of champagne you’ve kept for years for special occasions. There’s still plenty of important work to be done around your home that requires no delay. Yes, there will be a suitable time for a well-deserved celebration soon, but right now it’s time to roll up your sleeves one more time and sprint across the finish line!
Here are 10 things you should do after you have successfully completed a move:
1. Check your boxes, check your items, and check for damage
You do have the household inventory you prepared or received during the moving preparations, right? Check each moving box against the detailed list as it is carried inside your new home, and if a box or a household item happens to be missing, notify your UMovers college men right away and check together if it was left in the moving truck by mistake.
Once the college movers leave, inspect each moving container for visual damage that may have occurred during the travel time in the truck. Our college movers are trained to pack with efficiency and safety as a first priority, but loose items and valuables may shift, turn, and squeeze during the ride over. If you find out there are some broken or damaged goods, note down the specific damage in your inventory list and contact UMovers right away. A manager from UMovers will gladly guide you through a solution that leaves you completely satisfied.
Tip: If you chose an unreliable and iffy moving company, the company might play dumb and be a hassle to resolve any damaged items. This is why we always recommend choosing a service that has top-notch reviews, and especially reviews where previous customers who may have experienced some damage items honestly report that the company helped resolve their complaints. If you notice a company has many reviews with undissolved disputes, this is a big red flag.
2. Unpack your essential items
After checking all of your boxes and delicate items, continue on by unpacking your essential boxes and prepare the two most important rooms for normal use – the bedroom and bathroom.
Moving days have the tendency to drain out people’s energy so you’ll definitely need a place to lay your body at the end of the most stressful day you’ve experienced for a while. Assemble your bed (if necessary), unpack the boxes labeled with ‘bedroom,’ and prepare your bed for sweet, deep dreams. Before you call it a day, however, you’ll desperately need to take a refreshing shower, so dig into the “Bathroom” container and take out the shower curtains, the towels, your favorite bathrobe, and necessary toiletries for the evening.
Of course, unpacking and arranging the kitchen is also a priority but the task can wait a few days until you get back on your feet.
Tip: Before you let your college movers go for the day, ask them to help arrange your bed (if building and construction is required). UMovers college movers don’t leave until you tell them they are finished. The best feeling you can have after a long day is a fully-constructed bed waiting for you without you needing to lift a finger!
3. Inspect your new home thoroughly
One of the first things to do after moving into a new house is to get to know your place inside out. Locate your favorite magnifying glass and inspect every nook and cranny of your new home as meticulously and passionately as if your birth name were Sherlock Holmes!
Inspect each and every room for visible signs of damage, especially from water or fire. Check for plumbing leaks, dripping faucets, and running toilets. One clever trick to make sure there are no water leaks of any kind is to register the readings of your water meter at the start and end of a period of several hours when no water is used anywhere in the house. If the two readings differ, then it’s a sure sign that you have a leaking problem and you’ll need to localize and fix it (or have it fixed).
Moreover, scour the front yard, the backyard and the perimeter of your house for any troublesome problems and do what’s necessary to eliminate them.
Tip: Like our previous tip, UMovers college movers don’t leave until you tell them their day is up. Ask them to help inspect your new home as soon as they are done unloading. Having an extra couple set of eyes will surely save you time and double-triple-quadrouple check that there isn’t anything out of the ordinary.
4. Continue unpacking your remaining valuables
You already unpacked the essentials boxes and furnished and arranged the most frequently used rooms, but what about the rest of your new residence? Step by step, the unpacking process will stretch out and reach the living room, spare guest room, garage, basement, attic and any other storage areas of your new home.
If you rate your unpacking pace as “excruciatingly slow” and you wish all items had been unpacked by now, you have a couple of options to speed up that slow post-move stage. You can either have your UMovers team help out with unpacking after they are finished unloading, have a separate UMovers team come out the next day for unpacking, or you can organize an unpacking party and invite good friends to help you out in exchange for sweet talks, dear memories, great music, refreshing drinks, tasty food and your eternal gratitude!
5. Recycle any packing materials you used during your move
Unpacking will leave you with plenty of packing materials which you may no longer need. Of course, a number of the moving boxes you used during the relocation will be in such a bad shape that you will have no other option but to throw them away for recycling. Others, however, will be good enough to survive the haul of another move and those you can keep for yourself or give to friends in need of the moving supplies.
Besides the moving containers, bubble wrap and clean packing paper are the other packing supplies that you may come in pretty handy during another instance of moving.
6. Clean your new house, and again, utilize your movers!
Without a doubt, unpacking will also leave you with tons of garbage, dust, and dirt. Besides a happy toast, the completion of the unpacking process coincides with the most opportune moment to clean thoroughly your entire home.
Purchase quality cleaning products and turn your house or apartment into a fresh and welcoming home. Everything should be dust-free, polished and shiny: carpets – vacuum-cleaned, floors – mopped, reflective surfaces – spotless, furniture pieces – gleaming and neatly arranged.
If you feel that you won’t be able to spare the time or you know that your budget can easily take you off the hook, consider hiring professional cleaning services to give your new house the refreshed look it deserves.
Tip: UMovers college movers can gladly turn into a team of UMovers college cleaners by just saying the word! Let your team of movers know that you are looking for help with a deep clean. Just toss them a mop and some cleaning supplies and they will get to work.
7. Regroup and assess your current financial and insurance situation
Once the relocation is over, it’s important that you sit down and assess your current financial situation. Did the move go over your allocated moving budget or did you manage to fit it in? If the relocation cost you much more than you expected, then it’s good to get familiar with these 3 fundamental factors for a reasonably priced relocation:
Learning in advance how much the move will cost you
Finding the most affordable professional movers
Taking advantage of various techniques for lowering your moving expenses.
Simply because you never know when another move will sneak up on you.
If you just moved to a new state, you’ll probably need to set up new bank accounts as well. Also, contact your insurance companies and check whether you’re still covered at your new home or you’ll need to create new insurance policies (household, auto, health, etc.) with a different insurer.
8. Decorate your new home to have flawless taste
Moving into a new home gives you a great opportunity to arrange and decorate your house exactly the way you’ve always wanted. Now is the perfect time to let out the masterful interior designer in you, the one who’s been dormant inside you for years!
Mindful of past mistakes, you’re free to purchase new furniture pieces and decorative items, you can play with various colors and shapes, you’re encouraged to experiment with different home décor techniques in order to create a peaceful, relaxing and beautiful atmosphere in your home. Add a reasonable number of soft lighting sources throughout your residence to emphasize its charm and place pretty vases of refreshing flowers on specific spots to double the positive energy flow in your living space.
9. Greet your new neighbors and explore your neighborhood
Everybody needs a bit of guidance when placed in a completely unfamiliar environment. New house, new neighborhood, new city, new state – it’ll take some time before this strange sense of unfamiliarity goes away. And until then, it’s the exciting prospect of making new friends to get you through the acclimatization process quickly and smoothly.
Even before you’re done unpacking, consider going over to the folks next door and saying, “Hi. How are you? I’m your new neighbor.”. This initial introduction is not only a sign of good manners, but it’s also a chance for you to befriend local people who will undoubtedly help you learn your ways around your new living area.
10. Review your movers and make a note for next time!
The move is surely over now, and there are probably some relocation aspects that you would like to forget. And yet, there is one final moving related task that most people don’t seem to pay too much attention to, and tend to underrate it by attaching a low priority label to it.
Yes, it’s about writing a moving review, with which you rate the services of your moving company. You’re probably asking yourself, “Why write a moving review? What’s in it for me?” Practice has shown that if you take the time to rate your moving company, you will receive benefits on numerous levels. You will help other compatriots choose better movers and that aid can, sooner or later, get back to you one day if you happen to be facing another move. And by briefly narrating your relocation adventure, you’ll give your moving satisfaction or dissatisfaction a voice that will be heard.
Tip: When your finished with a move with UMovers, our college movers conveniently send over a ‘virtual business card’ directly to your cell phone. This business card can be saved in your contacts and used as a reference for next time. You can also conveniently share their contact information with any friends, family members, or colleagues who may be looking for a reliable moving company. Oh, and UMovers attaches a link conveniently on this business card in which you can leave a review!
Now that you’re all settled in and have finished your after-move checklist, grab that aged bottle of champagne and have at it! You deserve it.
Thank you for reading!
Written by: Zach Richards