10 things to do on moving day

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Moving day is exciting, a new start. It’s also hard work and there is lots to do. Here are ten things to do on moving day:

  1. Change the locks. You never know who might have keys to your new home. Also, make sure all the doors and windows are in good working order.
  2. Locate the water shut off valve. You’ll be happy to know where it is in case of emergency. Turn on the water and see if you have an emergency.
  3. Turn on the furnace. On the wall in the furnace room there is usually an on/off switch that is rarely labeled. Many people have paid for a service call only to find that the furnace had been switched off.
  4. Label the breaker-box switches. To avoid overloading circuits, and to ensure you know which breakers are responsible for which circuits, plug in lamps and radios…and switch off one circuit at a time.
  5. Make sure you have a working smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector. The carbon monoxide detector should be in or near your bedroom. The smoke detector should be in a central place near the kitchen.
  6. Unpack. If anything is broken it might be covered by your insurance. If you hired professional movers you have limited time to file your claim.
  7. Plug in night lights around the stairs and in bathrooms to avoid stumbling around unfamiliar spaces in the dark.
  8. Meet the neighbours. They are a wealth of information about the neighborhood and will be happy to tell you which day is garbage day.
  9. Put your cat in a bedroom. Make him comfortable and shut the door. He needs time to adapt to all the new smells and other things in his new environment.
  10. Relax. You don’t have to do everything on the first day.