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Feel Welcome in Your New Home from Day One

You’ve booked your removalist. Moving day is coming up quickly. How can you make sure your new home makes you feel welcome from Day One?

Start by Researching the New Neighbourhood

Make sure you have everything covered in advance—from the nearest takeaway food spot’s number already entered into your phone’s contact list to your kids’ medical records transferred to your new doctor. Map out the streets nearby. Use Google Maps to get a feel for the area. Help your children memorise their new phone number and address.

Have Services Turned on Before You Arrive

Nothing’s worse than arriving at your new home, only to discover that the power won’t come on for a day or two. You have no landline, no lights, no Internet, and no heat. To avoid that nightmare scenario, make sure that all the services are turned on before you arrive. Use a portable phone charger that works with your car’s battery to make sure you have uninterrupted service, even in the worst-case scenario.

Make Sure You’ve Packed Boxes for Your First Few Days

  • Personal items: Use labelled boxes to pack personal items for each household member. Take these with you if you can. If you pack toiletries, medications, pyjamas, a couple of day’s clothing changes, and personal hygiene items, this will save a last-minute run to the supermarket when you arrive. Make sure everyone has his or her electronic devices and chargers, so you can communicate with the outside world.
  • Pet supplies: Pack pet food, water bottles (in case the water isn’t turned on yet), medication, collars, crates, blankets, grooming items, and toys for each of your four-legged family members. Allow enough to last at least a couple of days.
  • Household supplies: Take with you a few jugs of clean drinking water, non-perishable foods, toilet paper, disinfectant wipes, cleaning supplies, paper towels and disposable plates, cups, and glasses. Make sure you have torches, batteries, and portable chargers, in case the utility company forget to turn your electricity on. If you’re one of those who can’t get going in the morning without your caffeine, remember to pack tea or coffee, too.

After the Removalists Leave, What Next?

You’ve spent a day on the road. Your removalists have just brought the final box inside your new home. You’re exhausted. What next?

  • Do a quick safety run-through: Make sure everyone has his or her own key to the new home. Check to see that medications and other household chemicals are out of the way of small children and pets. Keep pets on a leash until they get used to your new home.
  • Get sustenance: All that research you did ahead of time will help you when you arrive. That takeaway spot? Order some food for your first evening—and then celebrate your new home together!

For more tips on making your move a better experience, contact the expert removalists at Zoom Removals today.