Congratulations on moving into your new home. We’re happy to be managing the property you’re currently renting, and our team is here to ensure you have a successful and stress-free rental experience. We know that moving is exciting and exhausting. If you’re looking for some important places to start as you plan and execute your move, we’re here to help.
These are 7 important things to keep in mind when you’re moving into your new home.
1. Set Up Utilities and Cable/Internet
Make sure the lights will be on and the water will be running before you move into your new home. Schedule the utilities to be turned on by transferring your current account to the new address or setting up a brand new service. You’ll also want to remember cable and internet service as well.
2. Address Updates and Contact Info
Change your address so people know where and how to reach you. You can check your lease agreement for the full address of your new home, and the post office makes it easy to change your address online. Don’t forget to change the address on any magazines or newspapers you’re receiving at your old address as they are not forwarded automatically to your new address. Also, make sure that Amazon, UPS and Fed Ex packages that are outstanding are re-routed to your new address.
You’ll also want to visit your tenant portal and make sure we have all the necessary and correct contact information for you. While you’re there, you can also set up your online rental payments if you have not done this already.
3. Document Possessions and Update Insurance
Renters insurance is an important resource in protecting yourself and your personal possessions. If you have valuable items in your home such as expensive electronics or collectibles, we recommend documenting ownership with photos and videos. This can help you if the unthinkable happens and you have to file a claim.
4. Conduct a Move-In Inspection
We work hard to ensure your property is clean and functional before you move in. We conduct our own inspection and create a move-in report. You are invited to walk through the home yourself and make any notes of maintenance issues that need to be resolved or anything that needs to be repaired or replaced. Simply make a note on the inspection report and submit it to us through your tenant portal as soon as possible.
5. Locate Safety Features
Take some time getting to know your new home. Find out where the electrical panel is and how to access the shut-off valve for the water. We hope you never need these things, but if there’s an earthquake or a plumbing disaster or some other catastrophe, you’ll need to know where to find these features. Check out the air filters and refrigerator water filter as well so you are prepared to change them when necessary.
6. Take Your Time Unpacking
Unpacking can be stressful, so don’t rush it. Prioritize what needs to be unpacked and set up, and recruit some of your favorite friends and family members to help so it doesn’t seem so overwhelming and exhausting.
7. Get to Know the Neighbors
We want you to feel like you’re part of the community, so don’t be shy about introducing yourself to your new neighbors. If you need any help with the local neighborhood, school districts, or other particulars, the people in your immediate vicinity can often be a great resource.