This blog post is sponsored by ADT.
Research shows that moving to a new home ranks as one life’s most stressful events. So here are some things you can do before and after the big move to help keep your cool:
1. Organization is one of the biggest keys to surviving a move. Create a “moving” file a few weeks before the big day to track estimates, receipts and other information associated with your move. And make an inventory of your valuables to ensure that nothing gets lost or left behind in the move.
2. Forward your mail. For example, most people will remember to file a change of address with the Post Office before moving. But leaving a note with your new address for future residents will help you recover any stray snail mail.
3. Pack a suitcase. Pack as if you’re going on a 3-day vacation—including changes of clothes, medications and toiletries—and keep it separate during the move. This suitcase will ensure that you have everything you need in the days following your move while you’re getting organized in your new home.
After the Move:
Once you move, remember to take time to evaluate the safety of your new home:
1. Smoke detectors: Make sure you have one in every room, and change the batteries now.
2. Carbon Monoxide Detectors: You’ll want at least two of these. Be sure the batteries are new and that it has an alternate power source as well.
3. Plan a fire escape route. Be sure to include your family in the plans and identify a meet-up place nearby.
4. Change the locks. And make sure every family member has updated copies.
5. Set up a home security system with motion sensors. Leave no stone unturned—you should also consider your home’s landscape because tall plants and shrubbery can provide places for burglars to hide.
6. Once you’re settled in, get to know your neighbors—whether you want to learn the ropes or borrow a cup of sugar, there’s no better source than the people in your community. You can give a neighbor you trust an extra key to your home for emergencies, join your neighborhood watch or consider starting one if there is none. The more people looking out for you, the better!