What Are the First Things to Do After Moving into a New House?


After the final piece of furniture has been put in place, and the last box has been brought through the door, your moving day might feel complete. You can sit back and relax for a short while to gather your strength again, although there are some important things you’re going to need to do fairly quickly. There are some jobs that should be at the top of your to-do list after moving home. Read on to find out what they are.

Inspect the Boxes

Before you do anything else, you need to make sure that everything that should have been brought to your new home has been. Check through the different boxes to ensure they are all present and correct, and then open them up. You dont have to unpack immediately (although you should make a plan as to when you’re going to start), but you must check that nothing has been damaged.

The reason for doing this as one of the first, if not the first, jobs after you move into a new property is because if something is missing or damaged, you will need to contact the removal company and potentially make a claim on your insurance. The longer you leave this, the more difficult it will become to make a successful claim.

Organize Utilities

Now that you have moved, you are going to need to organize your utilities as soon as you can. Before doing anything else, you must take meter readings for the gas and electricity (and water if there is a meter for that) so that you can give accurate measurements to your utility company. This is paramount if there are no utilities hooked up to the property, but even if there is, this needs to be done sooner rather than later; you don’t want to be presented with a big bill because the company has had to guess your power usage.

You can also check your insurance at this point and increase or decrease the amount that would be paid out in the event of your death to match the mortgage on your new property. The more the property is worth, the more insurance you are going to need, and this might equate to high net worth insurance for the largest properties. No matter what, your insurance company will need to know that you have moved and that the amount you need to have paid out to complete your mortgage has changed.

Get to Know the House

Although you might think you know your new home well, especially if you have visited it numerous times before moving in, there will always be new quirks to find out about. Just after moving in is the ideal time to explore and get to know the house much better.

Not only will this help you live there more easily because you’ll know where the fuse box is and what day the trash is collected, but you’ll also be able to spot any issues that might be a cause for concern. If you are renting the house, you can get in touch with your landlord about anything you see you think they should deal with. If you have bought the house, depending on the issue, you may need to make a to-do list to ensure everything gets fixed.