10 Tasks for the First Week in Your New Home

The first week in your new home is both an exciting and an overwhelming time. Deciding what to unpack first and which projects to tackle right away can be stressful, so we've compiled a list of 10 tasks that will make the first week in your new home feel more manageable.

 

 

1. Check the Utilities and Services

Before you do anything else, you'll want to make sure your utilities are turned on, including water, electricity and gas. Your paperwork with utility company phone numbers and service confirmation numbers should either be packed in your overnight bag or in a box you plan to open first. If you have problems with any connections, call immediately to have them resolved.

If moving to a new city, research city services since some communities don't provide or administer a garbage or recycling collection service. It might be as simple as chatting with your new neighbors to find the most reliable service in town.

2. Conduct Inspections

Before you start to unpack, it's important to examine your new space and become fully acquainted with it. First, find and test all of the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. If you don't think your new home is adequately equipped, install more as soon as possible. Then, check the connections on all of your major appliances, especially any gas appliances. If you have a security system, be sure to test that as well.

Finally, identify and document which types of heating, cooling, lighting and wiring systems your home is equipped with so you'll know where everything is if something goes wrong. This information is also necessary if you want to simplify your everyday tasks through home automation. Home automation devices range from thermostats and lighting to home security and networking systems.

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3. Unpack the Music First

Set up an iPod with speakers, a laptop or a stereo before you start to unpack. Listening to music or podcasts while you clean, unpack and organize will make the whole process much more enjoyable.

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4. Deep Clean

Before you start to unpack and arrange your furniture, vacuum the floors and make sure all surfaces, including countertops and large appliances, have been cleaned thoroughly. Cleaning while your home is still fairly empty will be easier than maneuvering around furniture and appliances once everything is unpacked and set up.

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5. Set Up Your Internet Service, Computer and TV

Transfer your cable and Internet service, find a new provider or set up a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Set up your computer and router so you can test the Internet speed and stay connected with family and friends while settling into your new place. Set up your TV or home theater system, referencing the photos that you took of the wiring and setup before you packed. Watching TV can be a great way to unwind after a long day of cleaning, organizing and unpacking.

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6. Notify People of Your New Address

If you haven't already done so, complete a change of address with the post office online at https://moversguide.usps.com. Create personalized moving announcements to send to family and friends. Remember to change your address with these utilities and contacts:

  • Electric
  • Gas or other fuel services
  • Water
  • Garbage
  • Landline telephone
  • Cell phone
  • Cable
  • Internet
  • Water delivery/water treatment
  • Lawn, garden, pool services
  • Housecleaning services
  • Physicians
  • Veterinarian
  • Attorney
  • Banks
  • Credit cards
  • Insurance agencies (health, home/life and auto)
  • Pension plans
  • Air miles rewards program
  • Accountant or tax consultant
  • Professional memberships/licensing boards
  • Veteran affairs
  • Income tax/IRS
  • Family support
  • Social Security
  • Unemployment insurance
  • Vehicle registration
  • Driver's license
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Video, book, music services

 

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7. Check Your Belongings

Examine your property to make sure nothing was damaged or lost during the move. If something was damaged, document it, report it to the moving company and file a claim with them as soon as possible. If you have moving insurance, review your policy for details about your coverage and how to file a claim.

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8. Invest in New Furniture and Appliances

A new home can mean a fresh start for your furniture and décor. Whether you want to create a new look in the living room or need to furnish a patio, we have what you need to make your new space feel like home.

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Consider upgrading any of your appliances. Maybe it's time to replace that old microwave you've had for years, or it could be time to update your entire kitchen with stainless steel appliances. We'll help you find new ones.

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9. Stock Up on Essentials

Make sure your home is equipped with enough light bulbs, trash cans and other everyday necessities. From flashlights to clocks and cutlery, we've got you covered with all the basics.

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10. Let Geek Squad® Help

Take advantage of Best Buy's Geek Squad Agents and services. With everything from in-home consultations to installations and setups, our agents are able to make your move go even more smoothly. Plus, you can trade in or recycle some of your old products that you don't use anymore.

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