It seems like every other post on Facebook is a list of things you must do; 50 Trips You Must Take Before You Die, 11 Things You Must Do To Live Happily Ever After, 9 Restaurants You Must Try, 72 Reasons Why You Must Drink Water. The list goes on and on.

I’m not one to stand on the sidelines, so here’s my list of 7 Things You Must Do When You Move:

1. Change the locks – You have no idea how many keys to your home are floating around out there.

2. Find out where the closest hospital is – I meet newcomers almost daily. They all know where Home Depot is, but most don’t know how to get to the hospital if there’s an emergency.

3. Find a good HVAC company – Have your units cleaned and tuned and your ductwork cleaned. You don’t know when it was last done, or what kind of dirt and germs are being blown around you house. Even a new construction can have ducts full of the builders’ debris.

4. Clean the carpets – Once again, you have no idea what has been going on in the house before you moved. Did the previous owners have pets?

5. Go introduce yourself to your neighbors – Write down their names, phone number, and the names and ages of their children. That way you can just look it up when you’ve forgotten their names instead of hoping it will come up in a conversation.

6. Find a good pizza restaurant that delivers – No explanation needed here!

And most importantly,

7. When the welcome lady comes knocking on your door accept her visit – She has resources that will make your transition to the neighborhood easier by saving you time and money.

What other suggestions do you have? Share them in the comments below.