Upon moving into a new apartment, there are some obvious tasks you will need to tackle. Complete an official Change of Address form with the United States Postal Service. Clean and decorate your new place. Meet the neighbors. But that’s not it. There are some things you will need to do that might not be so obvious, at least not right away.
Ensure that you are driving legally
If you have moved to a new county, city or state, it’s time to get your vehicle registered and your driver’s license renewed. While many people put off these tasks, it can come back to bite you if you are ever pulled over by the police for a minor traffic violation or for any other reason. It’s simple–just visit the website for your local Department of Motor Vehicle office. In some cases, you may be able to renew online and receive your registration documents or driver’s license in the mail. Also, ignoring these tasks can also jeopardize your voting eligibility, so be sure to get this taken care of if casting your vote is a priority.
Another note: If you have endured a long distance move, make sure that you know the laws in your new area in relation to distracted driving. Is it illegal to talk on your phone while driving? What about texting? Do you homework before you get ticketed.
Find new health care providers
Whether you visit a general physician once per year or if you go to a specialist regularly, you will at least need to know what the medical landscape looks like in your new neighborhood. Browse through your in-network providers listed on your insurance carrier’s website. You can go ahead and make an appointment now–even if that appointment is months away. Or you can make note of which doctors are in the immediate area so that you know who to call when health needs arise.
When is garbage day?
Figuring out when (and where) to leave your trash out is one of those often forgotten but super important details–and an easy one to resolve. Simply ask your landlord when garbage is picked up and where the proper drop off location is. Some properties have multiple trash drop off spots. Others have very strict rules regarding recycling. In some cities, high-end apartment living may even offer a garbage pick up or valet service. Find out what the norm is in your community so that you don’t miss garbage day!
Leave feedback for your moving company
If you hired professionals to help with your move, don’t forget to leave a review online. This can likely be done in a number of places–Yelp, Facebook, Google Reviews, or on the company’s own website. If you looked at reviews before hiring help, then you know the power of a good–or not so good–customer review. Think about your experience with that company from beginning to end. Did they return messages and emails in a timely manner? Were they always courteous and polite in their communications? Did the crew arrive on time? Was the agreed upon work actually carried out? Did your final bill reflect your original quote? Has the company been helpful in addressing your questions and concerns? Overall, would you recommend this moving company to others, or would you use them again yourself? Be specific in your review to help others who are also looking for the same help that you once were.