By Cindy Aldridge
Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, getting settled in your new surroundings will take some time. There are many things to do after changing your address. At the same time, you need to get your new home cleaned and unpacked so you can start settling in. If this all seems overwhelming, you’re not alone—no one likes moving! Check out the following tips to help you tackle those remaining items on your moving to-do list!
Be Prepared for New Expenses
Moving to a new area can mean taking on new living expenses, especially if you’re moving to a new state. Know what to expect so you can avoid sticker shock when you arrive!
- Learn about the cost of living in your new state and how it compares to the state you moved from.
- Remember to factor in the cost of electricity, water, and other utilities.
- Know what to expect in terms of property tax. You can calculate your property tax based on the assessed value of your home and the tax rate set by your local taxing authority.
Hire Professionals to Reduce Your Workload
If you have a little extra room in your moving budget, don’t try to do everything yourself. Do yourself a favor and hire people to help with the unpacking and cleaning process.
- Call a professional cleaning service to give your new home a deep clean before you arrive with all of your stuff.
- If your furniture could use some refreshing, search “furniture cleaner near me” to find and hire a reputable upholstery cleaner to tackle stains and odors.
- Hire movers to help you unload your moving truck.
Update Your Information
After moving to a new address, you will need to update your information with government agencies and various businesses. Don’t neglect this step! You don’t want to get hit with fines or fees.
- Research your state’s deadlines, fees, and required documents for updating your license and registration after a move.
- Find your local DMV office and make an appointment to avoid long lines.
- Update your address with all of the appropriate organizations and authorities.
- Contact your local post office and arrange for your mail to be forwarded to your new address.
Moving always seems like a good idea until you have to go through the process of hunting for a new home, selling your existing property, packing up all of your stuff, and hauling your family to a new location. The good news is that once you arrive in your new home, the hard part is nearly over. Tackle those few remaining moving tasks so you can get out and explore your new city!
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