7 Things You Must Do When You Move

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.


Unexpected Expenses

one-163442_1280I just heard a commercial that talked about the unintended consequences of moving. It was for a window treatment company, and they used the example of waking up at the crack of dawn the first morning in your new home, and realizing you need curtains.
Unintended consequences isn’t a term I would use. I think I would call them unexpected expenses. Invariably, with every move, there will be unexpected expenses.
My husband and I have moved often. He was looking out the front door of one of our new homes and commented that he had never noticed that little mound in the front yard before. He decided to check it out. As soon as he stepped on it, he was standing in water up to his ankles. The water main had broken. Talk about an unexpected expense!
The purpose of greeting services, like Welcome Home, is to help recent movers navigate through the unexpected expenses. We can recommend people to help with broken pipes, furnaces, cars, bones, teeth, and eyeglasses. We can recommend people to help with the things you thought you could live with, but now that you’re in the house, have decided otherwise. Your furniture looks shabby in your new house; that paint color has to go; you do need window treatments and to remodel. We can help with finding hair dressers, dry cleaners, dance classes and dog groomers.
Greeting services are here to help with the unexpected expenses of moving and to help you feel at home as quickly as possible.



Reflections on 15 Years of Greeting

file5361246659300Yesterday was the 15th anniversary of Welcome Home’s first in-home visit. During that time 4,543 new households and businesses have been welcomed to Batavia & North Aurora.

Things have changed a lot in fifteen years, and sometimes I wonder if greeting services are relevant in today’s society. Our lifestyles have become very hectic and it is more difficult to find people in their homes. Thanks to the internet, newcomers can find almost any information they need at their fingertips.

Is what I do relevant to them? Is it worth my time to seek out and meet with newcomers?

I have met some fascinating people and animals – a Medieval Times knight and a bomb sniffing Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms dog come to mind. I’ve met nurses, teachers, psychologists, 911 dispatchers, chiefs, waitresses, authors, office and factory workers, firefighters, police officers, moms, dads and people with big dreams.

I’ve heard horror stories about home sales and closings gone wrong, and amazing stories of how everything aligned so perfectly it was clear to me God wanted these people to move here for some reason.

I’ve laughed and cried with newcomers. Fortunately there have been many more joyful moments than tearful ones.

Do I love what I do? Absolutely! Do the newcomers love what I do? Absolutely! I am thanked over and over again for delivering gifts and information from the wonderful businesses that sponsor Welcome Home. People are overwhelmed by the generosity of the business community.

We may live in a world of busyness and perhaps we’re becoming more isolated, but as long as we need human interaction there is nothing that will ever replace the one-on-one personal touch of feeling welcomed to the community.