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What To Do After You Buy A New House

The processes of buying a house can be stressful. This article gives you tips and tricks on what to do after you find your perfect home. Creating a moving check list like this one is a must.   1. Get Organized- There is a lot to do before you move, during a move, and after the move. Try to schedule in time before the move for to plan. Planning ahead will help with the stress later on. There are several things you can schedule before the big day.   2. Call your internet company and sign up. Usually this needs to be in place before moving day if you want internet the day you move in. Calling ahead to schedule an appointment will be helpful.   3. Call your home phone company and sign up for your new address. Sometimes changing companies can help save you money.   4. Sign up for TV. Some companies offer deals for home phone, tv, and internet. Usually these deals are cheaper when they are bundled together. Look for deals but also call and ask if they can offer something better.   5. Sign up for home security. Especially if you are new to the area, having a home security system can help calm your nerves and help your move. This is one item that is overlooked but should be a top priority for you and your family.   6. Pack boxes by rooms. Label each box with the room name on it. Then once you move place the box in the room it goes in. Unpacking won’t seem so long if done room at a time. Start with essentials and work your way through the boxes.   7. Change your mailing address. Update your mailing address on all bills. Don’t forget to update your driver’s license and tell your bank that you have moved.   8. Tell your friends and family. Make sure to tell everyone you are moving or have moved.   9. Decorate and enjoy! Unpacking can be stressful. Start with essentials that are needed. Then unpack by rooms. If boxes are labeled this will help know where they go.   Planning will help your move!!

TOP TIPS FOR MOVING ON A BUDGET

CYH – Moving Tips on a Budget You’ve signed your new lease, or deed, and finally have your new residence set! Now all that is left is to move to your new place. If you’re moving for cheaper living expenses, downsizing, or maybe that safety deposit took a bite out of this weeks paycheck, you’re not ready to spend any more on moving! Luckily there are easy tips and tricks you can do to lower your moving costs or eliminate them completely!
  1. Free Supplies
If you plan ahead, you can find free boxes and supplies for your move through a plethora of avenues. Online Communities Websites such as Craigslist.com are great opportunities to do a quick search in their “Free” forums (underneath the For Sale heading). Surprisingly, a lot of people don’t break-down their boxes and offer them up for free online. If your current or future neighborhood has a NextDoor account, you can peruse their “Free” section or post an inquiry requesting unwanted boxes or supplies! Freecycle Another great website is Freecycle. Freecycle allows you to search your local community for free supplies! Just type in your zip code and you’ll be able to explore all the “Offers” and “Wanted” posts. Offers are what’s available and it’s free and easy to submit your own “wanted” post requesting the supplies you need! Local Stores Believe it or not your local stores may be a wonderful opportunity to snag a few free boxes! Liquor stores in particular tend to have small and sturdy boxes, perfect for breakables, books, DVDs, and more! Grocery stores, McDonalds, and even Starbucks are additional options as they all receive regular shipments with varied sized containers! U-Haul Customer Connect & Box Exchange U-Haul has made an effort to reduce the waste involved in moving and created a wonderful community portal!  Simply enter in your zip code to connect with other people who are looking to sell, give away, or even assist you in finding boxes and/or moving supplies.   Schools Do you have children in school? Are you in school yourself? If so, schools are a great place to look for free boxes! Schools receive a plethora of deliveries on a regular basis. Reaching out to the Office or even the Janitorial Staff and offering to take boxes off their hands often saves them the time of breaking them down themselves! Workplaces Depending on where you work, your workplace may be a great solution for free boxes. Letting co-workers know you are collecting boxes and leaving notes in communal areas helps get the message out! If you don’t receive regular shipments try asking friends or a loved one if their workplace has an additional, unwanted, supplies.
  1. Use Clothes for Packing
If you’re like many of us, purchasing bubble wrap is an expense we’re not really thinking about when moving. However, taking the gamble to package delicates with no cushioning or protection can result in more than one box of broken goods. Luckily, using what you already have can help ensure, you save money, and your stuff gets there safe. If you take a look at your closet and pull out T-Shirts and excess pajamas you won’t need during your move, you’ll have yourself a plethora of cushioning supplies. Bath towels, hand towels, washcloths, shower curtains, bedding, scarves, and more make great stuffing when packing delicates!
  1. Plan Ahead
By planning ahead, you can avoid throwing out and purging useful items. Here’s how: if you’re proactive, this works best a full month out, however, if you have 1 or 2 weeks, you can still make a difference! Start by planning your grocery trips to ensure the items you’re buying can be fully used up in your remaining time at your old residence. There’s nothing more annoying than figuring out how to pack and transport half a bottle of ketchup and the other random condiments you just bought but don’t want to waste. Take a stock of your cupboards and start planning meals around your remaining groceries. This goes for daily disposables like cotton balls, toilet paper, napkins, toothpaste, plastic bags, etc. Having less things to move and starting a grocery list for the first weekend you’re in your new residence is an easy way to reduce moving stress!
  1. Avoid Moving Season
Believe it or not, there is a peak season for moving. According to help.movinglabor.com, 80% of moves occur between the months of April and September with June, July, and August being deemed the “busiest months.” That means, many moving services’ pricing will also be at their peak or highest during this time. Moving at the beginning of spring or start of fall can really help cut that moving bill in half!
  1. Savvy Utility Planning
One thing that almost always gets left to the last minute is utility planning. Often times you’re locked into a contract that costs a pretty penny to break. Be mindful of renewals coming up before your big move. There’s nothing more frustrating than realizing you just renewed a contract for your current residence only to find out those same services are not offered in your new location. Plan ahead and see if some services can switch to a monthly payment and contract, this can help you avoid unwanted and hidden fees in canceling. Don’t forget to, in turn, take advantage of new offer and service sign-ups! Rarely are we in the opportunity to sign-up for all new services, so, looking for companies, such as Connect Your Home, that can assist you in bundling your home services for the best discounts and deals is your best bet! Especially with Connect Your Home, you just need One Call to Connect It All! Forget about calling a plethora of other companies, chatting online, and emailing questions. Connect Your Home does the shopping around for you! Interested in home phone, internet, and cable bundles? Learn more at www.ConnectYourHome.com!

TOP 5 TIPS FOR MOVING

When you’re moving, things can easily begin to get overwhelming. Finding a new place to live, paying deposits, signing paperwork, and more start to take up the time you would like to spend packing and organizing! The following checklist is an easy way to get you back on track for moving into your new home!
  1. The Purge
If you’re like many of us, there’s probably a few things you don’t need to bring with you to your new home. Broken furniture, outdated decorations, and things like that sweater in the back of your closet that you’re convinced “could work with the right outfit” are easy opportunities for purging! Consider putting your unwanted items online for sale on sites like craigslist.com or your local nextdoor.com! You can also consider donating unwanted goods to a local shelter, or donation center, instead of putting them in the trash! Find a Donation Center Near You: Schedule a Free Donation Pickup: Donate Appliances, Housewares, or Building Materials?  
  1. The Sorting Hat
After you’ve gone through and purged what you’re not going to bring with you, you can start to mentally sort each room. Taking note of items and pieces that would require additional packaging supplies, insurance coverage, and more can help make things that much more efficient and organized.  Having your moving boxes sorted by room is a great way to help make unpacking that much easier, especially if you put it off for months like the rest of us!
  1. Packing Like a Pro
One of the things that’s easily forgotten during the chaos of moving, is moving supplies. Boxes, bubble wrap, tape, and more aren’t always something we have on hand. However, having the right moving supplies can make a world of difference in your move! Flimsy boxes, poor quality tape, and outdated supplies can easily result in broken or damaged items.  Consider looking into specialty containers for breakables like dishes and delicates like your wardrobe! Looking for moving supplies on a budget? Click here to read our top 10 tips for moving on a budget! Shop Moving Supplies:  
  1. Use it or Lose It
When you’ve packed up each room, one of the things that is easily forgotten is food. Your fridge and pantry are one of the last things you’re thinking about when moving. Try your best to plan your grocery trips a few weeks in advance to ensure you use up all your frozen and perishable food before moving! There’s nothing more annoying than remembering you have to clean out the fridge after you’ve packed up your final box.  Avoid taking last weeks leftovers with you with by using it or losing it!                 Getting Rid of Non-Perishable Food Items? Consider donating:  
  1. Tv, Internet, and Home Phone…Oh My!
You’ve just finished bringing in your last box after a long day of moving and you’re ready to sit down and unwind. Ordering takeout and struggling to find a glass to drink out of on your first night seems to be a standard. What happens when you go to turn on the TV and realize…you didn’t transfer your internet, TV, or any of your other home services.  You just wanted to unwind and relax and now your evening is spent calling all over and hoping your old provider can service your new location. That’s where Connect Your Home comes in! Just pick up the phone and let one call connect it all. With Connect Your Home, you can leave the shopping around to us! Our dedicated Specialists work with you to find the services you need at bundles and discounts not available to the general public. Forget about hours of customer service calls, online chats, and unhelpful automated systems.  Let us help you make your new residence feel more like home!

Did You Just Move? What Now?!

The Best Deals on Internet, Home Phone, and Cable Anywhere in the Nation

Did you just finish moving? Then we know exactly how exhausted you are. You’ve done the work packing and researching the best moving companies and the best moving supplies. You’ve moved your last boxes and are finally done! However, if you’re like most of us, unpacking is one of the last things you want to do after a hard day of moving. Nothing sounds better than turning on the TV, ordering in, and relaxing in your new home! But what happens when you set up the TV and realize you have no power, cable, phone service, or internet? You scramble and hope you can transfer your old service or quickly set up new service. That’s where a lot of us fall into a higher than average package price. When we want a solution now, we tend to shop around less and care less about discounts and bundles. Let’s face it,  when you’re ready to unwind, you’re not interested in doing any more research, you just want to relax.   That’s where Connect Your Home comes in! Just pick up the phone and let one call connect it all! With Connect Your Home, we connect you with exclusive home service discounts and bundles on the services that you’ll use every day like cable, home phone, internet, and more! Our dedicated specialists work with you to ensure you’re getting the best deals on the services you need.   Now you can forget about hours of customer service calls, online chats, and unhelpful automated systems. Connect Your Home shops around for you, provides you with exclusive discounts, and connects your new residence with the service you need to make it feel like home!  

Frequently Asked Questions About Connect Your Home:

  1. How does Connect Your Home work?
Our relationships with the nation’s top providers mean you get all the services you want, and none that you don’t, in one easy call.
  1. Which brands do you partner with?
Here at Connect Your Home, we partner with a plethora of home service providers across the United States. Compare and Save on the best deals from the top providers.  
  1. How do I find home services for my specific location?
If you head over to ConnectYourHome.com and enter in your address in the address bar at the top, you’ll see a snapshot of the brands and services available to your location.  
  1. Can I set-up all of my home services with one call?
Absolutely! Connect Your Home makes it easier than ever to set up all of the home services you use on a daily basis, all with one phone call. Give us a call at 888-403-9203 to explore the discounts available to you.  
  1. Does Connect Your Home shop around for the best deals?
Connect Your Home takes the hassle out of comparing home services. We do the shopping for you and provide you with exclusive bundles and discounts not available to the general public.  
  1. What kind of home service discounts are available?
Here at Connect Your Home, we offer a plethora of home services from a multitude of brands. To explore the discounts available in your specific zip code, contact one of our Specialists at 888-403-9203.  
  1. If I want to add to my existing service, how can I do that?
If you have questions regarding your current service, please reach out to the service provider directly. For inquiries regarding adding additional services to your home, give us a call!  
  1. I have a question regarding my current bill, who can I talk to?
If you have questions regarding your current service, or bill, please reach out to the service provider directly.  
  1. I’d like to know which channels I can add to my existing television package.
For inquiries regarding your current television package, please reach out to the service provider directly.
  1. How can I reschedule my install?
To reschedule an installation, please, contact the service provider directly.

Moving Checklist

Preparing to move can be easy for you and your family if you take some simple steps.

STEP 1:  Plan and manage your relocation early.

Waiting until the last minute to pack your things often result in something you missed or misplaced or not sure whether you want to keep or a variety of things to decide when you should already be on your way! To help you with your relocation, check out Connect Your Home’s convenient moving checklist template below to guide you through the moving process and keep you organized. The following template can be used as a moving checklist for apartment or house.

STEP 2:  Organize Your Move

You’re moving to a new house or apartment. It’s a new beginning. And you know you have things you’ve been meaning to get rid of but never got around to it and they’re sitting in your garage, your closet, under your bed, in the backyard. We’re talking clutter and you don’t want to move clutter with you.
  • House Cleaning – Ask yourself: What items do I rarely use now that I won’t use in my new home? Create a moving checklist by room.
    • Pack Your Essentials: Bedding, linens, clothes, bathroom necessities (toothbrushes, toothpastes, wash cloths, bathrobes, toiletries, hairdryer, hair care products, medications), first-aid kit, flashlights, pet supplies, cleaning supplies, paper towels, extension cords, batteries, light bulbs, trash bags, alarm clocks.
    • As you pack all your necessities and separate items you won’t be taking with you, set them in the garage and hold an impromptu garage sale.
    • If you’re in the giving mood, donate your unwanted items to your favorite charity or drop them off at a Goodwill or Salvation Army location.
  • Take Inventory – Review the essentials and other items you’ve decided to take with you.
    • Protect your possessions and keep track of your belongings by making a list or taking photos when using professional movers.
    • Label plastic trash bags and boxes accordingly by the room where the contents belong.
    • Make sure you check off the list every item moved into your home.
  • Be Safe and Take Precaution – Take precaution as you pack and know what NOT to pack to keep yourself and the rest of your belongings safe.
    • Do NOT pack anything flammable including lighter fluid, motor oil, paint thinner, turpentine, fuel canisters, aerosols, pesticide.
    • Do NOT pack personal items of irreplaceable value including cash, jewelry, sentimental items, papers, documents and mail with sensitive information.
    • Be extra careful with heat-sensitive items including CDs/DVDs, computer hardware and peripherals, and laptops.
    • If you cannot move live plants yourself carefully, pack plants in a way that secures the base and provides room for branches. Pack it last and unpack it first and provide water and partial sunlight (as needed for the plant type). Generally movers will not move live plants in a truck or pod.
      • For cross country moves be aware of state laws that restrict certain plants (ie California). Check online for information on restricted plant types.
    • Whether you decide to do the moving of larger items yourself or hire professional movers, make sure you clear all obstructions including rugs, door mats, low-hanging items, and any other obstacles to create a clear path.
    • Always let professional movers know beforehand about items that require special handling especially items with loose, detachable, or mended parts.
  • Moving – Will you be doing the moving yourself or do you need professional movers?
    • Make sure to weigh the pros and cons between doing the moving yourself or hiring professional movers including the estimated cost, distance of the move, the moving of large/heavy items, and the search for a quality moving company.
    • For those taking the DIY approach, make sure to ask and schedule time for family or friends to help with your move. Do you need to rent a moving truck?
    • If you decide to use professional movers, give yourself at least 2 months in advance to do research and read referrals to help ensure you picked the right movers.
  • Arrange for Transfer of Your Home Services and Utilities – Notify your current home service and utility providers of your relocation.
    • Be sure to contact the following home services and utilities: electricity, water/sewer, gas, home security systems, home phone service, internet service, cable or satellite television service, and trash or recycling pickup.
    • Check to make sure your cable TV and internet service provider is available in your new area. Use our Home Services Search Form to find all available home services in your new area.
  • If you need new home services for your new home, Connect Your Home can help you find the right cable or satellite TV, high speed internet, home phone, home security and more.

Apps allow you to access home security footage anytime, anywhere

Perhaps inspired by candid camera shows, security cameras have started taking on more roles than just home security and safety. OK, probably not candid camera-inspired, but with all of the new home automation technology, people are able to stay connected to their homes and loved ones like never before, no matter where they are. Apps for smart devices allow you to access security camera footage of your home anytime, anywhere. So whether you want to check in to make sure your kids got home from school safely, or if you are simply curious about what your beloved pet is up to while you’re gone, you have the power to see it all right at your fingertips. Most of the nation’s top home security providers now include security cameras as an optional or standard feature in their packages, meaning that when you invest in a home security system, you’ll be able to easily:
  • Monitor any deliveries left on your porch, which is useful as package thefts are on the rise in many areas. The captured footage can help the police investigate thefts, property damage or other criminal activity occurring around your property.
  • See who is knocking on your door without using windows or peepholes, and view any visitors to your home even if you are not home.
  • Deter criminals by the simple fact that you have security cameras in place recording anything suspicious.

Get peace of mind from a home security system today

Having a security camera can help put your mind to rest and having access to what’s happening in your home helps protect those you care most about. Stay connected with your home and get a home security system today! Connect Your Home can connect you with home security systems from these highly regarded providers in the U.S.:

How to Connect Your DVR to the Internet

Connecting Your DISH DVR to the Internet

Set Up Broadband
We encourage you to always connect your receiver to your broadband service in order to:
  1. Keep critical receiver data current
  2. Access thousands of online titles
  3. Order pay-per-view using your remote control.
There are several ways to connect to broadband service:
  • With an Ethernet Cable
  • With a Power Line Broadband Connector
Use if your receiver is not close to your modem/router and you do not have a wireless router. The Power Line Broadband Connector allows multiple receivers to connect to your broadband service through the power cord and the electrical wiring in your home. Visit dish.com/myorders to purchase a Power Line Broadband Connector.
  • With a Wifi Broadband Connector
Use if your receiver is not close to your modem/router and you have a wireless router and a model 222k, 612, 622, 722, or 722k receiver (check the model name of on the front of your receiver or go to dish.com/myequipment). The Wifi Broadband Connector allows one receiver to connect to your broadband service using your wireless network. Visit dish.com/myorders to purchase a Wifi Broadband Connector.

Setup

With An Ethernet Cable:
  1. Connect the Ethernet cable from the receiver to your modem/router.
  2. Go to the Test Your Connection section to verify that your receiver is connected.
With A Power Line Broadband Connector:
  1. Find power outlet nearest to your modem/router and plug in the Power Line Broadband Connector (do not plug into a surge protector or a power strip).
  2. Connect an Ethernet cable from your modem/router to your Power Line Broadband Connector.
  3. Unplug the receiver from the electrical outlet for 10 seconds and then plug back in. It will take no more than 5 minutes for the receiver to power back on.
  4. Go to the Test Your Connection section below to verify that your receiver is connected.
With A Wifi Broadband Connector:
  1. Connect the Wifi Broadband Connector to your ViP 222k, 612, 622, 722, 722k or 922 receiver’s USB port using the provided extension cable.
  2. Select “Setup” on the pop-up that appears on your TV screen.
  3. Choose your wireless network from the list and select “Done”.
  4. Enter your password (WEP or WAP encryption key) for your wireless network and select “Done”. This will initiate a test. If you do not know your password, you can get it from the person who set up your wireless network or you can contact your internet service provider.
  5. When the test is finished, select “Done”.
  6. Verify that the wireless signal reading on the screen is above 40. If it is not, try to move the dock to achieve a stronger signal. Select “Done” when finished.
  7. Go to the Test Your Connection to verify that your receiver is connected.
Test Your Connection:
  1. Press MENU on your DISH Network remote. Select “System Setup” and then “Diagnostics”.
  2. Select “Connection” to start the test. – If the result says, “Broadband Connection OK”, you are done. Press VIEW LIVE TV on your remote to return to programming. – If the result says, “Failure”, click here for more troubleshooting options.

How to Set Up Your DISH Network Remote

How to Program the DISH Remote to Control Your TV

Power Scan Performing a power scan allows the remote to attempt to find the correct code for your television.
  1. While at the TV locations (TV1 or TV2 depending on which key is installed), point the remote at the TV. Press and hold the TV MODE button on the remote until all four MODE buttons at the top of the remote light up.
  2. Press the RECEIVER POWER button on the remote.
  3. Press the UP ARROW on the remote, about one press every two seconds. Stop as soon as the TV turns off. This process may take several minutes.
  4. Press POUND (#) on the remote. The TV MODE button will flash three times.
  5. Press TV POWER on the remote to turn on the TV. Press VOLUME on the remote to confirm the remote controls the TV. If this does not work, return to Step 1.
  Visit Dish.com for more information about setting up your remote.

No Contract Cable TV with Time Warner Cable

No term commitment from Time Warner Cable gives you the freedom to control your home services!

Not ready to make a long-term commitment? We get it. That’s why Time Warner Cable offers its subscribers quality home services packages without the long term commitment. There’s no contract to sign, no lock-in pricing, you can feel free to manage your Time Warner Cable service without feeling bound to a monthly plan. You deserve a cable provider that won’t hold you back while giving you the best entertainment options at a price you can afford. Planning to move soon, but still want to take advantage of Time Warner Cable services? No problem. Since there’s no long-term commitment plan with Time Warner Cable, you choose your services and how long you want them for. When it’s time to move you can choose to have Time Warner Cable services follow you to your new place with moving specials on all of your home services. Browse Time Warner Cable Moving Specials Now or call 800-219-5715.