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How to spend your first day after moving?

Writing a checklist of things you have to do first day after moving

You finished everything, from packing to finding a new home. But, what is next? Unfortunately, you are not finished yet. The first day after moving is maybe the most stressful. But, it does not have to be. If you don’t have enough space for all your items you can rent a storage unit. Follow our simple steps and tips and it will be nice and smooth.

Welcome yourself – the first moment in the house

First, treat yourself and your family if you are with them because is a very special point in your life. So, allow yourself one or two hours to “register” the importance of the moment. Congratulate yourself on your successful relocation and let the thrill of excitement overwhelm you at the thought of your brand new life. Drink a cup of coffee or tea, take your time. The first day after moving will be busy and full, so because of that relax a little bit before. Professional Florida Movers can help you with your items. Also, they even offer up to 30 days of free storage if you are moving somewhere far away. So, what to do?

A cup of black coffee.
Treat yourself and relax. A cup of coffee is the perfect way to start your day

The first day after moving arrived, so what to do?

Do not panic, everything is O.K. After relaxing you should do the most important things in your new home. What to do? Movers can late, so be prepared for that case too.

Unpack “open-first” boxes

Is a good reason why your “open-me-first” box is called so. Because it contains all the things you’re going to need immediately. Probably the first night and day after. The survival box contains everything from essential toiletries, healthy snacks and fresh drinks to basic tools and cleaning supplies. There are specially selected items to help you solve basic needs during the first couple of days after the move. Turn your new house into a comfortable home as quickly as possible. Maybe is a good idea to have a specific “open-first” box for every separate room of the house. Leave the box in the room and you will get to it when the time is right.

  • Personal hygiene items – such as toilet paper, soap, toothpaste and toothbrush, hair products, towels…you will need this immediately and the first day after moving and after that. 
  • Bedding and clothes – unpack your sheets, blankets, pillow, nightwear, and underwear. as well as a change of clothes for the next morning is important.
  • Medications – Just in case unpack a first-aid kit, pain relievers, allergy meds, yours and your family members’ prescription medicines, and if you have pets, meds for them too.
  • Electronics – phones, tablets, laptops, and any other electronic devices that will allow you to find any information you may need. And their chargers too. Especially if you have kids you can together listen to music or watch movies.
  • Children toys – If your kids like it there on the first day and the day after in their new home, then they will overcome their anxieties more easily. On the other hand, if they feel lonely and unhappy in your new home, their fear and negativism will increase.

Clean and furnish the apartment

Bucket with water for cleaning.
Cleaning is much easier when the house is empty

It is much easier to clean when the home is empty. Start at the top and work your way down. Clean ceiling light fixtures first, scrub the walls and woodwork. Finish it with floors. Do not leave one area until it is completely clean and then move on so you won’t drag dirt from one area back into the place you just cleaned. Finally, clean the windows. Of course, you can also hire a cleaning company. After that, furnish it. For the beginning, just necessary furniture will be enough.

Turn on utilities and change the address

If you have not notified the utility companies to transfer gas, water, electrical, trash, sewer into your name, and other utilities then you need to make a call. Utilities might be transferred by the escrow company in some places. It is a good idea to inquire about this. The time to find out you have no electricity, for example, is not when the sun goes down, if that happens it is a problem. Get all the documents to be sure. Change address and transfer your medical records.

Change the Locks

Change the locks because you have no idea how many strangers could have keys to your new home. Call a locksmith pronto and get all your locks to change. Also, if your door is missing a deadbolt, for example, a locksmith can install that, and you will have tight sleep. This is a good time to change all the locks to work with a single key or to get the alarm and security system. It is a small price for the for the security of your home and family.

Door and lock.
Don’t forget to change your locks

Today, there is no life without the internet

It is true. If your security system uses cameras (probably they do), they might be wired to work on WiFi. This means even without a computer and cell phone, you could need Internet at your new home. Also, the popular digital doorbells use the internet too. Do not forget home-based apps that turn on and off the lights, open garage doors, water your lawn etc. Do not forget to set up the television to stream your favorite shows that’s how you will feel like in your old home. So, call the tech person to connect everything you need. 

Meet the neighborhood and neighbors

Hopefully, the neighbors will appear with plates full of cookies. If you spot them watching you unloading boxes, invite them to come. The neighbors are important, especially if you live in the suburb. Try to remember names and ask them for their phone numbers if you like their company. Do not be that person whom for years ignores a neighbor next door just because you don’t want to admit you don’t know her/his name. The first day after moving will be much easier if you have neighbors.