Moving into your home can be a whirlwind of activity. Here are some of the most important things you can do before, during, and after you move.
Before You Move In
Contact the following utilities and let them know when you plan on moving in so they can begin service.
Notify for your Change of Address
Contact the following and let them know your new address.
- Credit Card Companies
- United States Postal Service
- Home & Auto Insurance
- Your Employer
Do a Final Walk-Through
Double-check items like electrical outlets and plumbing fixtures to assure everything is in agreed-upon working order.
While You Move In
Change or Rekey Your Locks
Before you move everything in, change or rekey all locks.
Keep All Important Documents With You
It’s easy to lose things throughout a move. Make sure you know where your most important documents (e.g., passports, Social Security card) are at all times.
Avoid injuries by taking your time, staying hydrated, and considering professional movers.
After You Move In
Register in the 2-10 Homeowner Portal
When you register, you can view and review your coverage details; confirm your contact info; and get access to additional troubleshooting advice, exclusive appliance discounts, and home maintenance tips through our newsletters and blogs.
Locate Your Water Main
Knowing where your water main is before you need to know can prevent costly damage.
Locate Your Gas Shutoff & Breaker Box
Knowing where these items are can save your life. If you ever smell gas, leave the house immediately and call your local gas utility right away.
Purchase a First-Aid Kit & First Extinguisher
Purchase a fire extinguisher for each floor of your house, along with one each for the kitchen and garage. Place these items somewhere that’s easy to access quickly in case of emergency.
Install Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors can save your life. If your home comes with them, check that they work and install new batteries.
Connect to Your Local Community
Getting to know your neighbors and getting involved can improve your homeownership experience.
- Introduce Yourself
- Register to Vote
- Throw a Housewarming Party
- Register Your Kids for School
- Get to Know Your HOA