Moving? You Need This New Home Checklist

From unpacking boxes to setting up your natural gas service, moving is a lot of work. To help, we’ve created a moving checklist to use as you make your new house a home.

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Now let’s break down those steps with our favorite packing and moving tips. After all, moving into a new home is a huge decision, and we want you to be prepared.

  1. You’ve Got Mail: Be sure to submit your change of address to the local post office. You don’t want to miss important bank account updates, credit card statements or utility bills. 

  2. Get Connected: Natural gas, cable and internet providers can usually transfer service to your new home without sending technicians out. SCANA Energy makes it easy to set up or transfer your gas utility services; learn more in our “Setting Up/Switching Service” FAQs or check SCANA Energy’s service area map to see if we service your area. 

  3. Unpack That: We know it sounds crazy, but pack an “unpacking” box. Put tools, scissors, plastic bags, drop cloths and whatever else you might need for home setup in the same box for easy access.

  4. Spring Cleaning: Clean up the inside and outside of your new home before moving anything in. After all, cleaning around your furniture would be a hassle. Don’t forget to clean your natural gas range (tips here) and natural gas oven (tips here) while you’re at it.

  5. Lock It Down: Before moving in, be sure to change the locks on all doors. It’s also a good idea to make copies of your keys for trusted relatives or neighbors to use if needed.

  6. Get Familiar: Take a tour of your new home to familiarize yourself with the plumbing, natural gas and electric appliances. Knowing what to do in case of a natural gas leak or electrical problem can save time and money. 

  7. Prepare Yourself: Having an emergency plan may sound scary, but it’s necessary for your family. Start with identifying emergency exits and designated meeting places outside your home. Then, install appropriate safety detectors to ensure your home is a safety “dream home.”

  8. Meet & Greet: Introduce yourself to your new neighbors. Not only will you make friends, you’ll also learn about trash schedules, recycling day, the homeowners association and any other tips to help you fit in seamlessly. 

  9. Celebrate: Picking a date for your housewarming party will ensure it actually happens. You want to connect to your new neighbors while keeping old friendships alive during your move. Don’t wait too long to show off your new home — celebrate your hard work.

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