10 helpful tips after you’ve moved.

By on November 24, 2014. Posted in , .


You’ve closed on a house and now the underlining question is “What do we do next?”  Lucky for you, we’ve made a fun and informational list of the top ten things you should tackle after your big move. Some of these seem extremely basic, but they’re all very useful in making sure that your bases are covered when you move in.

  1. Change your address changed: USPS has stepped up their game. Changing your address is as simple as visiting their website and filling out a quick form. If you’re feeling nostalgic for the good ol’ days of waiting in line, you can always change your address at any local post office.
  2. Update your address by hand: While the post office will send you mail delivered to your old address for a while, you should directly update your address with your bank, student loans, car insurance company, and anywhere that might send you sensitive financial information.
  3. Get your locks changed: If you’re moving into a new home, you’ll want new keys. It is impossible to know who may have had a spare key to the house. It’s better to be safe than sorry and change all the locks (especially since it’s inexpensive).
  4. Update your driver’s license, car registration, and voter registration: In Austin, this is a fairly easy and quick process. Just don’t let it slide or you might get a nasty surprise later – this should be done within a month of the move.
  5. Check your street number Make sure that your home’s street number is clearly visible from the road. We are not saying you need vintage marquee numbers with up-lighting, but you’ll definitely want your movers and/or delivery truck to see your address during your move and your family and friends to pull into the correct driveway for the housewarming.
  6. Get your emergency kit in the house first thing: During the moving process, there are many, many opportunities for minor first aid issues. Make sure your emergency kit also has water, blankets, batteries and a flashlight.
  7. Locate your circuit breaker, water shut-off, and emergency exits: Circuit breakers can sometimes be hard to find or understand – make sure you know which switches correspond to which parts of the house. The same thing goes for your water shut-off. While your inspector may have pointed these out, your Roots agent will be happy to try to track it down from the previous owners, if you can’t locate them. Finally, laying out an emergency plan (down to the exits) is especially important for families with young children.
  8. Check the smoke detectors:  A smoke alarm is an inexpensive way to protect your family from smoke and fire injuries. A properly functioning smoke detector doubles your chances of surviving a fire by warning you of a dangerous situation before it’s too late. So make sure you locate all your smoke detectors and test them all. Safety first!
  9. Send out your new contact information: This is a great way to stay in contact with family and friends. Make a brief announcement via email or postcard and send it out to everyone on your holiday card list. Include some pictures of your new home, your new address, and a fun tag line like “Home Sweet Home” or our personal favorite, “We’ve Planted New Roots”.
  10. Sit back, relax and enjoy your new home!