For several people, the first few hours after moving into your new apartment can be a stressful time. There is so much to do that it can be hard to even figure out where to start. That’s where the experts from Carolina Square come in. We’ve made a list of the five most important tasks to take care of after the move. Read them over and use them as a jumpstart on that to-do list.
1) Locate the Breaker Box and Water Shut Off Valve
In the middle of an emergency, you don’t want to be searching around frantically for these important items. Make it a point to you know where they’re located before you need to use them. Could you imagine the kitchen sink bursting water out of it at 3:00AM and not knowing how to turn off the water? It’s worth the effort to find them when you first move in, or even during the final walk through. Be sure to learn how to use them, as well. Turn off the water and faucets to ensure the valve will do its job in a pinch.
2) Get Your Utilities Turned On
The last thing you want to happen after a long moving day is for the sun to go down and you realize that you don’t have any electricity. If you haven’t taken care of it already, call your utility companies and transfer service into your name. If you’re moving locally, this should be as easy as changing the address on your account. However, if you’re moving from out of the area, you may should get your new utility information from the office.
3) Check Your Moving Boxes and Furniture
Go through and take an inventory of all of your belongings. The next step is to check all your moving boxes and furniture for signs of damage. Also make sure that nothing got lost during the move. You’ll want to do this as soon as possible after a move so that you can submit a claim to the moving company and your insurance company. Take several photographs of any visible damage and keep your paperwork handy so you can refer back to it later, if needed.
4) Update Your Address
Next, make sure that all your mail gets to the right place. If you haven’t already, fill out a change of address form with the post office, or online. In addition, you’ll also want to change your address with any agencies who regularly contact you through the mail, like your credit cards and insurance companies.
5) Greet Your New Neighbors
The last step after a move is to get out and greet your neighbors. You don’t have to do this on the first day you move in, but the sooner you take care of it, the sooner you’ll settle into the neighborhood. Greeting the neighbors doesn’t have to involve a big gesture like handing out fresh-baked cookies (although it can). And if you’re extroverted, simply going door-to-door and introducing yourself should be enough to assure the neighbors that they can find a friend in you.
After you’ve finished with these 5 tips, kick back and relax. You deserve it. And if you’re still searching for your new apartment, check out our neighborhood amenities and floorplans today!