Congratulations on this new and exciting stage of your life! It’s not every day that you get to move into your new home. You have every right to be proud of this moment. We put together a checklist of things to remember as you relocate your life to the new digs.

Things to remember…

  1. Inspect moving boxes for any damage. If you find damage, contact the moving company right away to file a claim.
  2. Contact your utility providers to set up service: Natural gas, electricity, trash, water, cable, internet.
  3. Locate the main electrical panel and water shutoff valve. These are important to know in case of emergency. Don’t block access to these important systems.
  4. Connect your major appliances such as stove, refrigerator, washer & dryer. You may want to have a professional connect these systems if you don’t feel comfortable.
  5. Give your house a thorough cleaning.
  6. Test your smoke detectors. This can only be done by pushing the red button on each detector. Replace the batteries if necessary.
  7. Unpack the essentials. Look through the labels on your moving boxes and unpack the most important items you need to live and work while you take time to get settled in.
  8. Get organized. Moving can be hectic. Once you’ve unpacked the essentials, write down and prioritize a task list of the most important things that need to get done first.
  9. Secure your home. If you have a security system in place, activate it and set up the monitoring system. Change the locks on all doors.
  10. Childproof your home. If you have kids; install outlet covers, latches on doors, and any baby gates or guards to keep small children from places they shouldn’t be.
  11. Big items first: Start with the large furniture such as beds, couches, dining set, dressers, and TV’s. Once you’ve arranged the bigger items, it’ll be easier to decorate with the smaller things.
  12. Change your address. contact USPS and set up mail forwarding. Contact your lenders, banks, and medical professionals to let them know your new mailing address.
  13. Tend to your pets. If you have animals, start acclimating them to their new surroundings and neighborhood. Contact a local veterinarian to establish a relationship, and find out where the nearest after-hours emergency vet is located.
  14. Register to vote. Contact your county election board to find out what ward and precinct you’re in. Let them know your new address, and locate your new polling place.
  15. Register your storm shelter. Living in Oklahoma, tornados are a fact of life. If you have a tornado shelter, contact your fire department to register your shelter. this way in case of a disaster, rescuers know where to search for survivors. If you don’t have a tornado shelter, outline a family safety plan in the event of a major storm.
  16. Find a local healthcare provider. Ask friends, neighbors, and co-workers for recommendations. You will want to find a primary care hospital and work with a provider in their system so that your medical records follow you wherever you visit.
  17. Register your vehicle & get new driver’s license.
  18. Meet the neighbors. Find out if your neighborhood has a website or Facebook page.