Are you ready for moving day? Whether you are going down the street or across the country, moving can be a stressful process. Packing, bubble wrapping, transporting, and unpacking your life isn’t easy. As you are packing and preparing for moving day, make sure to update these six services ahead of time so your new house is completely ready for you to start settling in.
There’s nothing worse than getting to your new home and realizing you don’t have running water. Remember to contact your water, sewage, and electricity providers to set a date to turn off all of your services two to three weeks out before your move. If you are moving into an area where your current provider offers services, you can easily transfer your utilities to your new address. If you are moving to an area where you can’t transfer those features, plan ahead and find a provider before moving in to avoid adding another item to your to-do list!
2. Security System
Check with your security company provider to see if they offer a moving service to transfer your current security system equipment to your new home. If you’re using a local or regional company that doesn’t have a branch in your area, they may have recommendations for a new provider. At ADS Security, we offer a stress-free moving program to transfer services and equipment for our customers. As you’re working with your security company to transfer your services, don’t forget to ask about product upgrades or additions you’ve been wanting to include in your system. Moving into a new home is a great time to make those changes, or to purchase a new system for your home.
3. Change Your Address
Make sure to update your address with the U.S. Postal Service to ensure that all mail is sent to your new home. The U.S. Postal Service will forward your mail to your new address for 12 months. Don’t worry if the previous owner of your home forgot to change their address for mail or deliveries; simply cross through barcodes and write “not at this address” on the package or envelope and put it back in your mailbox. With time, the postal service and companies sending mail will register the address change.
If you have kids, make sure to get their student information, like vaccination records, transcripts and state test results, and medication or allergy information to the local school district as soon as possible to ensure a smooth transition back to the classroom. If you are moving in the summer months, many school districts offer open houses where you are able to tour the school, meet the teachers and fill out paperwork in person.
5. Internet and Cable
Internet and cable are two of the most used utilities, but unfortunately two utilities that tend to be pushed to the bottom of the to-do list. Although the majority of companies allow you to move your current products to your new home, contact your provider before moving to transfer these services so your home is connected the moment you step through the door. Many providers have options to mail back features you no longer need or order new features.
6. Subscription Services
Change your address for monthly subscriptions, like newspapers, meal deliveries or subscription boxes, to ensure you don’t miss out on any packages during and after your move. Although you don’t receive online services like Netflix and Hulu at your doorstep, be sure to change your billing address for these digital services as well to prevent an interruption in your favorite content.