As you watch the empty moving van drive away and you close your new front door, breathe a sigh of relief that the biggest part of your move is completed. But don’t get too comfortable because there is still more to do! Here is a list of the next steps you should take to ensure a smooth and successful transition.

Childproof Your Surroundings If you have little ones, start looking at your new house from the eyes of a toddler to see what mischief they can get into and what potential danger is lurking. Purchase the items you need to keep your little ones safe and get to work ASAP making the necessary changes.

Locate your Fuse Box Make sure you know where your fuse box is and how to reset the fuses if they trip. You may want to do a dry run to identify each one and then label each fuse accordingly to save you from an emergency in the middle of the night or when it’s dark. Also know how to shut everything off in case of an emergency.

Connect Utilities Ideally this is done in advance since you should know your move date. Check all your connections like internet, cable, electric, water, gas, etc., as soon as you walk in the house for the first time on moving day to make sure they are all on and running correctly. If any of them are still not connected call the appropriate service help lines ASAP.

Inspect Your Boxes As the movers bring your boxes in, have someone assigned to inspecting them and making a list of what is received. You’ll need to cross reference what you receive with the initial inventory list of what was packed. If there is any discrepancy, report it immediately to the onsite moving staff.

Meet Your Neighbors Wander outside to see who you meet. Take walks through your community and say hi to your new neighbors. You never know…these current strangers may become your lifelong friends!

Moving day is by far the most exciting and exhausting of all the days, but the reward is worth it. Once you’ve completed the process of moving in and taken care of all the little details, the only activity left to do is relax and enjoy your new surroundings!

If you are continuing your search for a new home, please know Cornerstone Communities is still building homes throughout the county of San Diego and Temecula. To see our homes, we are offering virtual tours on our website, you can chat with us online or we can schedule a private in-person appointment with you.