Whether you’re moving from outside the area to Bozeman, or simply moving from one end of town to the other, keeping your ducks from falling out of line and running all over you can seem like a monstrous task. Once you’re packed up all of your belongings and moved them to your new home, the job of unpacking begins, right? Hold the bus! Take a look at this moving checklist before you begin unpacking…
It’s ultimately your responsibility to ensure that utilities are turned on and in your name. Here’s a list of helpful Bozeman phone numbers to get you started:
- Water & Sewer City of Bozeman (406) 582-2300 Click HERE for Water and Sewer Rates and Information
- Garbage and/or Recycling City of Bozeman (406) 582-2300 Click HERE for Garbage and Recycling Rates and Information
- Gas & Electric NorthWestern Energy (800) 245-6977
CHANGE THE LOCKS
This one is overlooked more frequently than you might imagine. Safety should never be taken for granted. Even if the former homeowner is the kindest little old lady you have ever met, change the locks. Who knows how many spare keys are potentially floating around out there? Better to be safe than sorry. Want to take it a step farther? Install some kind of security system.
FORWARD YOUR MAIL
You have likely thought to update your mailing address with everyone you do business with, but the odds that you missed one are pretty high. To save yourself headaches later, go straight to the post office and begin having your mail forwarded to your new residence. Want a quick, simple way to take care of this? Take care of it online here: USPS.com
Our first choice is to hire someone else to do it. But let’s face it, most of us either can’t, or don’t want to, pay for that. So for all the DIY-er’s out there, here’s a quick summary for deep cleaning your new home. Because, no one wants to share the germs and dirt of their home’s previous owner, regardless of how tidy that individual kept their home. Do this BEFORE unpacking. It’ll make the job go light years faster.
Begin with the bathrooms and kitchen. These rooms tend to harbor the most grime and germs. Clean from the top down. Using a broom, mop, rag… whatever your choice may be, wipe down your ceilings, walls, switch covers, light fixtures, and baseboards. Next move to your cabinets and counters. We like to use a vacuum hose attachment to suck up dirt and crumbs inside cabinetry. Next, using your go-to cleaning solution (we like vinegar, but some prefer bleach water), wipe down all those cabinets and counter-tops. Last, but not least, use a disinfecting solution to mop your floors.
Once finished with the bathrooms and kitchen, move to the “easier” rooms. Once again, wipe down the ceiling, walls, switch plates, and light fixtures. Then move to the floors. If your new home has carpeting, consider having it professionally cleaned. Clean solid surface flooring according to material care instructions. Here’s a great reference article: Easy, Cheap and Green Cleaning Tips for Floors
SMOKE AND CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS
If the home has existing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, check to see how old they are. Manufacturers are required to print the unit production date on detectors. Check the date on all of your detectors. If the unit is over 10 years old, replace it. If it’s under 10 years old, make sure, at the very least, to replace the batteries. While we’re on the topic, don’t forget about fire extinguishers. Every home should have at least functioning fire extinguisher on every floor.
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