Moving day is behind you, but days (or weeks) later, you have yet to determine which kitchen box has all the forks. You decide to just order pizza…but who ya gonna call?
Besides pizza delivery, here are some other important numbers to collect:
- Emergency Numbers. Include the police and fire departments, because even though you can always call 911, you might have questions or concerns that don’t fall into the “emergency” category – like a car that repeatedly speeds on your residential street. Finding a nearby doctor (for both you and your pets) is obviously important, but don’t forget about finding a dentist too. Dental care may not seem like an emergency service now, but you’ll feel differently when you wake up in the night with a throbbing molar.
- Utilities. Save yourself a lot of Googling by writing these numbers down when you set up service in your new place. Post them on your fridge and you’ll know just where to look if the power or cable goes out.
- Repair Services. The time to find a good plumber is now, when you have time to ask around for recommendations, not when your kitchen sink is spewing water like Old Faithful. The same goes for electricians, heating and cooling pros, and auto mechanics – don’t wait for an emergency.
- Food. Pizza, Chinese, burgers, Thai – whatever your favorite “emergency food” is, find someone who delivers it and save that number.
- Kid Stuff. If you have kids, make sure you have the number for their school or daycare facility. Ask around your neighborhood or join a community group online for babysitter recommendations too, and keep those numbers here. They’ll come in handy when you get tired of takeout and want to go out for a grown-up meal with real forks.
- Insurance Numbers. Write down the number of your insurance agent and check in with them shortly after you move in. They can advise you on risks specific to your new area.