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12 Things To Do In Your New Home

Moving to a new home is stressful even when it is a well thought out and positive choice. There is much to plan and arrange, deadlines to meet and other people involved. We often find ourselves standing in empty rooms thinking, “What now?”

The first tip is for the moving process itself; to ensure that the move is easy and stress-free, so when you get to your lovely new home you can focus on the next twelve tips below.

Whether you are moving from city to city, to a new state, or internationally, let the professionals handle it. Call a full service moving company to neatly pack and handle your belongings. When hiring moving and packing companies check their reputation – do they have a reputation of integrity, security and on-time delivery? Professional movers & packers can offer ideas to assist you in your new home or apartment. Our knowledge comes from years of vast experience.

Now let’s talk about what to do in your new home.

  1. First thing to do is to celebrate. People are often so busy with the move and with the gazillion things they need to do that they often forget to celebrate the moment. So the very first thing to do is to smile, celebrate a new home. Here’s from us at U. Santini: CONGRATULATIONS! We wish you the very best in your new home!
  2. Call the new utility companies and service providers. Hopefully the service name has been transferred already but it is important to verify this. Ensure service is in your name to avoid potential liability. This also allows you to check what date the bills will come due, when the garbage is picked up and will prevent these from becoming delinquent.
  3. Gather the family and put together an Emergency Action Plan. Walk through your new home and decide on escape routes in the event of fire, where to go when tornado, earthquake, or other natural disaster hits. Be specific and plan for weather that is common for your region.
  4. Create a first aid and emergency kit. Include phone numbers for your new neighborhood police and fire departments as well as 911.
  5. Locate off switches and circuit breakers. Show everyone in the household how to use them.
  6. Check for smoke detectors and verify the batteries are charged. Test the detector. Do not go to bed without working smoke detectors in your new home. This will ensure your and your family’s safety.
  7. Contact creditors, magazines and other involved parties. Give them your new address to avoid delays.
  8. Conduct a deep cleaning of all surfaces. Even if the new place has been cleaned, many hands have touched surfaces and furniture.
  9. Change the door locks. If you are renting, most landlords will allow this at your own expense. The peace of mind is well worth the cost.
  10. Send your new contact address and telephone number to everyone on your personal contact list. Include a photo of your new home for friends and family.
  11. Go grocery shopping and stock the refrigerator with easy-to-prepare foods such as sandwich fixings. This will come very handy in the first few days, as you are still getting used to the new house, where you keep everything, new neighborhood, etc.
  12. Install window coverings if they are not already up. Privacy is important and this will help you avoid curious neighbors or potential thieves to eavesdrop on you.

With these things done, you can relax a bit and enjoy arranging your new place to suit your unique style.
The right movers are more than just transporters. Whether you are looking for a long distance moving company, packing services, apartment moving companies or just full service moving, we are your first and only stop. Call today for a personal consultation. We are the preeminent movers in Brooklyn because we deliver and we care. Our reputation of over 80 years speaks for itself.

How to pack your luggage when moving to a new house

Moving into a new house can be a stressful and time-consuming endeavor, so it is best to have an organized system to ensure the process runs smoothly. By packing well, you will not need worry about anything when the full service moving company you hired arrives with their movers & packers to pack and pick up your belongings; you will simply take your luggage and walk out smiling. The following are steps you can take to make your moving experience as stress-free and organized as possible.

  1. The first step is to make checklist for moving with everything that needs to be done – then you check off items as you complete the tasks.
  2. Gather all the items that you want to take in the luggage with you in one room, ideally on top of a bed or table, so you can look at, and work with, everything without bending your back. This can include important documents, clothes for two days – both for work and for staying at home, toiletries, medicine, and objects of personal value.
  3. Bring your checklist and moving and packing supplies, including newspaper, packing tape, bubble wrap, and scissors to the designated packing room. If you don’t have bubble wrap, you can buy it at stores that sell office supplies or from moving and packing companies.
  4. Start by wrapping any delicate object of personal value. Use bubble wrap or newspaper and clearly label the items to make it easier for you to know what it is.
  5. Fold all of your clothes neatly; tee-shirts can be rolled up to save space.
  6. Now it’s time to put it all in the luggage. Start with tee-shirts and towels, as they create a nice cushion.Place your toiletries and personal items, protecting any object that can be easily broken with additional layers of clothes.
  7. Cover the above-mentioned objects with heavier clothes.
  8. Leave work clothes and what you plan to wear the following for last, so you can easily get them without having to fully unpack.
  9. Insert important documents in the inner pocket of the luggage.
  10. The last thing to go in the luggage should be medicine, making it very accessible any time you need.

Now you are set to go! Order some pizza and relax to good music as you see the professional movers neatly and carefully packing everything else in your house.

Planning Your Move

Planning your Move

Planning your move might be the most crucial aspect of moving.  Planning your move can also be the most stressful!  But if planned well, with the help of your moving company, the stress will be kept to a minimum.

Once you have identified the companies that you want to quote you, evaluate the estimates and selected your mover, you will then have the challenging task of planning your move.  Most reputable moving companies will supply you either on paper or online with a timeline list of the things you need to do week by week up to your moving day. They will also provide you with a Move Plan document confirming the details of the move itself including Where From, Where To, When and How.

Plan ahead. Divide your property into items the mover will handle, items you will handle and items you will leave behind.  There may also be items that are best to store either long term or just for the period between when you move out of your old home and the time when you move into your new home!

The ideal move involves relocating all of your belongings from your old place to your new home in one day. But in reality, our clients often need to store some or all of their possessions for a few days or even months. U. Santini has secure, professionally operated storage facilities located in Tri-state area to help you with this.

The moving timeline necessarily will be lengthy because it must cover many things.  Below is an abbreviated example of the moving timeline:

 Six to eight weeks before moving day

Working with a mover:

Conduct you research in collecting the names of movers you would like to consider (See my discussions regarding “Choosing a Mover”).

Call those movers and arrange for the agents to visually survey your home and prepare an estimate.

If your company is paying for your move, refer to their moving policy to determine the services the mover will be authorized to perform.

Determine if you want to do any of the packing — or will you have it done by the moving company’s experienced packers?  I am certain your agent would be happy to discuss packing services with you.

Show the agent everything that is going to be moved. Any items you fail to disclose or that are added later to the shipment will increase the cost, even if you have been given a binding estimate.

Read the “Your Rights and Responsibilities Manual” (all reputable full-service moves have one) to make certain that you fully understand the extent of the carrier’s liability.

Sign the Estimate/Order for Service after you are sure you have a clear understanding of each section. If you have any questions, ask your agent to explain.

 Four to six weeks before moving day

Places to notify:

Notify the post office that you are moving from.  An online Change of Address form is available on the United States Postal Service Web site.

Prepare a list of friends, relatives, business firms and others who should be notified of your move. The following list will be helpful:

Electric, Pharmacy, Gas, Dry Cleaner, Water, Lawn Service, Telephone, Bank/Finance Companies, Sewer District, Credit Card Companies, Trash, Laundry Service, Cable/Satellite, Auto Finance Company, Fuel  (Oil/Propane), Health Club, Sewer District, Doctor(s), Newspapers, Dentist, Magazines, Accountant,  Newsletters, Lawyer,  Professional Journals,  Broker,  Insurance Agency,

Department of Motor Vehicles, Social Security Administration, State/Federal Tax Bureaus, City/County Tax Assessor, Veterans Administration


Have a “garage sale” or use an online auction service to dispose of unwanted items.

  • Donate unwanted clothing or household goods to charitable organizations. Obtain receipts showing the items’ approximate value for possible tax deductions.
  • Begin to use up supplies of canned goods, frozen foods and other household items. Buy only what will be used before moving.

 Two to three weeks before moving day

Working with the mover:

Notify your agent if you add or subtract items from your planned move or if there are any changes in dates. Be sure to supply your agent with destination address and phone umbers where you can be reached.

Confirm any extra stops required to pick up or deliver goods to a location other than the main pickup or delivery points.

If your car is being moved, be prepared to drive it to a suitable loading site. Also be prepared to pick up your car at a suitable destination location.

Preparing the family:

Take the family for a farewell visit to some of the places that hold happy memories.
Have a going-away party for the children and their friends.
Have some fun for yourself…an open house or an informal dinner or barbecue. Keep it simple.

Make family travel plans. Reserve hotel rooms and airline tickets as needed.
If driving, have your car serviced for the trip (check tires, brakes and windshield wipers, fluids, belts, etc.)

Preparing household items:

Federal law requires that you dispose of flammables such as fireworks, cleaning fluids, matches, acids, chemistry sets, aerosol cans, ammunition, and poisons such as weed killer. Drain fuel from your power mower and other machinery. Discard partly used cans of oil, paint, thinner, bleach, or any other substances that may be flammable or combustible or those stored in containers that may leak. Please read the complete list of non-allowables (hazardous and perishables) and personal items you should keep with you below:


Hazardous materials


Personal importance/ sentimental value

  • Aerosol cans
  • Ammonia
  • Ammunition
  • Car batteries
  • Charcoal/lighter fluid
  • Chemistry sets
  • Cleaning solvents
  • Darkroom chemicals
  • Fertilizer
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fireworks
  • Fuels/oils
  • Household batteries
  • Kerosene
  • Liquid bleach
  • Loaded guns
  • Matches
  • Nail polish
  • Paint thinners
  • Paints/varnishes
  • Pesticides
  • Poisons
  • Pool chemicals
  • Propane tanks
  • Scuba tanks
  • Sterno fuel
  • Weed killer
  • Food without adequate preservation
  • Frozen food
  • Open or half-used foods
  • Plants
  • Produce
  • Refrigerated foods


  • Address books
  • Airline tickets
  • Car titles
  • Cash
  • Cell phones
  • Checkbooks
  • Computer data files/backups
  • Family photographs/photo albums
  • Financial documents (stocks, bonds, CDs, IRAs, deeds, tax records)
  • Home videos
  • Insurance policies
  • Jewelry and furs
  • Keys (car, furniture, new home)
  • Laptop computers
  • Medical/dental records
  • New home documents
  • Prescription medicine
  • Professional files/research projects
  • School records

Discard propane tanks which are used for barbecue grills.
Set an appointment with a service technician to prepare your major appliances for shipment — or have your agent send someone out who is authorized to perform this service.

Set a date for having utilities disconnected. If possible, plan to keep utilities in service through moving day.

Have rugs and draperies cleaned. Leave both wrapped when they are returned from the cleaners.

Obtain a written appraisal of antique items to verify value. Avoid waxing or oiling wooden antiques (and fine wood furniture)


Let me know your opinion and experiences.

80 years and still movin!


What thoughts or experiences can you share with us?   Email us at dansblog@usantini.com

If we put your input on our website you will automatically receive a 10% discount on your move with U. Santini.  Just include your first name only, your city and state and a your valid email address.

Deciding When to Move


When you should move sometimes can be perplexing when you don’t have a specific must move date and therefore can choose when you actually make your move.

Obviously you may have set dates on which you must move.

However, if you have flexibility for your moving date, there are benefits that you can take advantage of and save money or receive other promotional benefits.

The month or the day of the month when you move can be significant to a mover as to the rates that are charged or savings or promotion.

Be sure to let us know if your moving date is flexible.

The spring and early summer months are the busiest times for movers in the New York metropolitan area so if you can avoid moving during these time periods you will be better off not only to obtain possibly better rates but also for better chances to get the exact date you require.

In addition, the beginning and end of each month are traditionally busier than mid-month, regardless of the season. If you are planning to move during one of the times, plan well in advance so your mover’s schedule will fit yours.

What have you been told by other movers?

Let me know your opinion and experiences.

80 years and still movin!




What thoughts or experiences can you share with us?   Email us at


If we put your input on our website you will automatically receive a 10% discount on your move with U. Santini.  Just include your first name only, your city and state and a your valid email address.


Myths About Pricing

Movers can offer different types of estimates, binding, non-binding, and not-to-exceed.

You will be hearing all of the many terms mentioned above when it comes to pricing and it can sometimes get quite confusing.

More and more you will hear the term “flat rate pricing”.  Currently it has become a very appealing concept and much the “buzz” in the moving business.  But…

… Is this rate really flat or are there hidden EXTRA charges. What people have found is that either they or the moving company did not include ALL of the items when the estimate was originally created and that more items have been discovered and hence the “flat” rate has to be increased to cover those items that were “left out.

 So, this is all confusing, right?

 When you really think about it, if you accurately identify ALL of the items that you intend to move and they are accurately and honestly priced by your moving company, then it IS, effectively at “flat rate.”

Let me know your opinion and experiences.

80 years and still movin!


What thoughts or experiences can you share with us?   Email us at dansblog@usantini.com

If we put your input on our website you will automatically receive a 10% discount on your move with U. Santini.  Just include your first name only, your city and state and a your valid email address.

Moving with Children


Hopefully you have read my previous blog and have found it helpful.

But there is one additional factor to consider, perhaps the most important, in choosing a mover. This is the issue of moving with children. This factor is the way a mover considers the children in your family. When you are moving with children the ideas below can help to put your children’s minds more at ease when dealing with the idea of moving to a new strange city and home.

This “Moving with Children” article will deal with a child’s special needs and concerns:

  • What to pack – we will guide you as to how to pack your child’s belongings if you are doing the packing. If we are doing the packing be sure we know the items that need special care.
  • What not to pack – we will point out to you what to keep out or be sure we know what to leave out: things like a favorite game, a toy or a teddy bear!

When you are moving with children, here are other ideas that can help reduce or eliminate the fears of a new city or new home:

  • Show you children pictures of the new place where they will be living.
  • Or, if possible take your child and familiarize them with their home or even their new room so that they can be excited to.
  • Reassure your child that you are ALL moving and that mommy and daddy aren’t going away

Other suggestions on how to handle the packing and the move when moving with children:

  • Try to avoid your child seeing all of their things gone at one time.
  • Leave out special things until the last minute.
  • Make a little personal book about the move and read it to a young child frequently before the move day. 
  • Have your mover set up your child’s room first (if possible) so they can come into their new room with the familiarity of the old one.
  • If you are moving to or from Brooklyn check some great books on moving from the library… www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org

Keep in mind that U. Santini is a 3rd generation company with our own family. We have moved with our children as well. We understand what is involved and what it takes!

So come move with U. Santini. The only company that can say we are…….
80 years and still movin!


Have you or are you moving with children?

What thoughts or experiences can you share with us? Email us at dansblog@usantini.com.

If we put your input on our website you will automatically receive a 10% discount on your move with U. Santini. Just include your first name only, your city and state and a your valid email address.


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