Planning a move can take a lot of time and energy, and getting through moving day can be exhausting, even when you have experienced, reliable New York local movers doing the heavy lifting for you.  It’s no surprise, then, that many people neglect planning the first steps they’re going to take to settle comfortably into their new home.

To help you if you’re planning a move soon, we’ve put together a list of 5 important steps to take as soon as you move into your new home.  Being aware of what you need to do to start settling into your new home and doing a little investigating beforehand can go a long way toward easing your stress about moving.


Have a System for Unpacking

Even if your packing was done very systematically and your movers made sure every box got delivered to the intended room, unpacking can still be chaotic if you don’t have a system in mind.  Experts suggest you start with the necessities.  For some, setting up the kitchen is a necessity.  For others, arranging things in their personal closet or getting the bathroom organized is a priority.

The point is:  it’s up to you to determine which things you absolutely have to unpack right away and which items can wait until you have more time and energy.  Prioritizing the unpacking of your boxes and having a list handy at your new home will help you get settled with minimum stress.


Change the Locks

If you haven’t had the chance to change the locks before you move into your new home, now is the time to do it.  The previous owners, their family members, friends, real estate agents, and who knows who else could all have keys to your house.  Hire a local locksmith or do it yourself as soon as possible.


Have Your Utilities and Other Services Set Up

Before moving, you’ve probably made sure the electricity, water, and gas are all turned on and functioning properly at your new home.  Once you’ve moved in, however, you will also need to get your TV and internet service hooked up, so be sure to schedule time for taking care of those services.

In addition, remember to change your address with the U.S. Postal Service.  You can do this online at for $1.00 to cover your identity verification fee, or, if you prefer, you can go to a post office, get a Mover’s Guide packet, fill in the change of address form, and give it to the post office worker behind the counter or put it in the mail slot inside the post office.  If you submit your change of address form online, you will get an email confirming the change right away.  If you submit the paper form to the post office, you should get a confirmation letter at your new home in approximately five business days.


Get Familiar with the Area

Thanks to GPS, map apps, and search engines, getting familiar with a new area is not as intimidating or as time-consuming as it used to be.  With a little time spent searching online, you can begin navigating your new neighborhood and locate brick and mortar necessities, such as nearby grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, schools, and recreation centers.  Instead of being stressful, exploring the area surrounding your new home can be enjoyable and educational.


Take Care of Yourself

During the days leading up to moving day and on moving day itself, you might be so busy you forget to eat healthy meals and get the sleep your body needs.  However, now that the move is over, it’s time to breathe and take better care of yourself.

It might seem as if you still have too much work to do to take time out for yourself, but all of the unpacking, rearranging, and decorating can wait.  Do something relaxing – something totally unrelated to moving – have a good meal, get a good night’s sleep, and then dig into the remaining work at your new home.

For help with your next move, contact Maffucci Bekins, the local movers trusted by Long Island and New York families for over 40 years.  We can be reached at 1-888-804-6768 or online at