7 Tips for Moving into Your New Home

move-2481718_640Adjusting to new life changes and getting back into a normal routine presents challenges. Which is even more true for adapting to a new life in a new house. Whether it is a preowned home or new build, this list will help smooth the transition of your life’s most significant change: moving into a new home.

  1. Change the locks

When the closing is over and you have gotten the keys to your new house, it’s time to buy and install new locks on all exterior doors. Previous owners, realtors and anyone that provided maintenance on the house could all have a set of keys to the current locks.

  1. Change your address

First start by contacting the local post office and ask what you need to do for a change of address. Next contact all creditors, magazine subscriptions and anyone else that you could miss an issue or bill.

  1. Set Up Utilities

This can be as simple as contacting the previous owners for the utilities companies’ contact information when you’re moving into a preowned home. You will want to have the basic services in your name before you move in these include electricity, gas, water, sewer, garbage, cable, internet and possibly telephone.

  1. Locate Necessary Features (main breaker, water shut offs, smoke detectors, etc)

In case of an emergency, you need to know where the main circuit breaker is located along with the location of the water shut offs. Make sure that you understand the labeling on the breaker. Label it yourself before moving in if it is unlabeled.

  1. Clean, Clean and more Clean

One you have the utilities turned on, you are ready to start freshening up your new home. Some folks may leave the home clean for you and some may not. In either case, it’s always a good idea to wipe out cupboards, sweep and mop floors, wash the windows and baseboards.

  1. New Paint

Once you have everything spic-and-span, you can apply a fresh coat of paint. This will be much easier to do before all of your furniture and belongings are moved in. Remember that you can always hire professionals if you are short on time.

  1. New contact information

When you are all done prepping and moving into your new home you can send out new contact information to family and friends. You also can invite everyone over for a house-warming party to show off your new home!

Top Notch in Davis County

Top Notch in Davis Countyeducation-908512_640

One of the tropes of parenting is constant worrying. You worry about what and how much your kids are eating, about their development, spending quality time, making memories and so much more. Worry less about their education with this comprehensive list of the best rated schools in Davis County. The ratings are derived from state wide test scores in math, science and language arts.   

Elementary

  1. H.C. Burton: A+ rating – Preschool through 6th
    • Math: A
    • Science: A+
    • Language Arts: A+
  2.  Endeavor Elementary School: A+ rating – kindergarten through 6th
    • Math: A+
    • Science: A+
    • Language Arts: A+
  3. Snow Horse Elementary School: A+ rating – kindergarten through 6th
    • Math: A
    • Science: A+
    • Language Arts: A+

Junior High

  1. Millcreek Junior High School: A+ rating – Grades 7 through 9
    • Math: A+
    • Science: A+
    • Language Arts: A+
  2. Centerville Junior High School: A rating – Grades 7 through 9
    • Math: A
    • Science: A
    • Language Arts: A+
  3. Farmington Junior High School: A+ rating – Grades 7 through 9
    • Math: A+
    • Science: A+
    • Language Arts: A

High School

  1. Northern Utah Academy for Math Engineering and Science (NUAMES) School: A+ rating – Grades 10 through 12
    • Math: A+
    • Science: A+
    • Language Arts: A+
  2. Viewpoint High School: A rating – Grades 10 through 12
    • Math: A
    • Science: A
    • Language Arts: A+
  3. Davis High: A- rating – Grades 10 through 12
    • Math: B+
    • Science: A-
    • Language Arts: A+

Other

  1. Syracuse Arts Academy School: A rating – kindergarten through 9th
    • Math: A
    • Science: A
    • Language Arts: A+
  2. Legacy Preparatory Academy School: A rating – kindergarten through 11th
    • Math: A
    • Science: A
    • Language Arts: B+
  3. North Davis Preparatory Academy School: A- rating – kindergarten through 9th
    • Math: A-
    • Science: B+
    • Language Arts: A-

5 Tips for Moving

Moving can be a stressful experience. Between packing and juggling children, changing schools, and dealing with everything else. To help make the whole process easier, here are 5 tips: wall small

  1. Throw or keep. As you go through your things and pack them up, decide what is worth keeping or throwing out. Don’t waste your time hauling garbage and other items you no longer want to your new home. There are so many ways to get rid of things, donate them to charity or make some extra cash by holding a yard sale.
  1. Transplant your plants. People don’t tend to think about their plants when moving. To move larger plants, wrap them with tissue or an old blanket to prevent any branches from breaking. With smaller plants, place them snugly at in a box and use packing paper to hold them in place.
  1. Moving big things. Have a professional or someone with experience to disconnect your major appliances, such as washers, dryers, refrigerators, and freezers. When transporting freezer or refrigerators to a new location, take a moment to remove all the food, defrost, clean, and dry the machine. Store any extra items (screw, wires, remote controls, etc) in a plastic bag and make note of what goes to what.
  1. Consider your pets. Your pets should feel happy and safe during the move. Help them feel more secure by giving them a quiet place to settle their nerves. Also, make sure your dog’s collar has your new address on it in case he wanders out during the chaos of the move. Once you are in your new home, let them wander the home, supervised, to get used to their new surroundings.

  2. Prepare your kids for the move. You also want your kids to feel comfortable with the move. Scope out the neighborhood, surrounding parks, schools and community organizations to see what will be available once you make the move. Before moving, take a moment to map out your kids route to school and get familiar with the teachers.

For more tips for making the move go more smoothly, check out this article from Home Creations.