Moving to a new city is a major change for anyone. Initially, you may feel disoriented and uneasy as you familiarize yourself with a new area. Here’s a short checklist that will give you a fair idea of things you should do after you move into a new home. Proper organization of your time is crucial to avoid stressful or confusing situations.
- Organize Your Post-Move Time: Finally, you have moved into your new home! Due to all the things you will need to do after moving, you may feel overwhelmed and pressed for time in the beginning. Compile a to-do list comprised of tasks that require your immediate attention such as household errands and things needed to settle into your new home and city. Prioritize your work and get started.
- Unpacking: After the bedroom and bathroom, your kitchen is next. Unpacking is a time-consuming and requires some organization. A pro tip is to unpack the boxes containing the most important items, including things needed for daily use, hygiene, sleep, and eating. Once the essential items have found a place in your new home, pace yourself with the remainder. Don’t overexert yourself. At the end of the day, take a break and relax a little.
- Explore Your New Home: Your new home is your new territory. Take time to explore it carefully and look for any sort of damage, signs of infestation, water pipe leaks, etc. Most of this should have been checked before you moved in, but you might be surprised. Keep track of the location of the main water stop valve, fuse box, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, and other basic amenities in the case of an emergency. Learn the special features, nooks and crannies of your new home. Check that it is secured against any unauthorized access and natural disasters. If you have small children, be sure to take the necessary precautions to child proof your new home, because they will be exploring as well.
- Change of Postal Address: With the completion of the move, the postal address of your home will obviously be different. Changing your address should be one of the first tasks completed so you don’t miss out on any important correspondence that may otherwise get sent to your old address. This can and should be done before your move if possible, but, if not, it’s time now. You can change your address at your local post office for free or online via the USPS website for a nominal fee.
- Enroll Your Child in Their New School: If you have school-aged children that will be attending public school, it is important to determine which campus services your new address. If you will be enrolling your child in an at-will or private school, you can contact local friends, family members, colleagues, community groups, etc. to seek recommendations. If you have worked that out, you’ll want to be sure they have all the contact details and transportation worked out. If you haven’t already done so, have the required documents from the previous school handy to secure your child’s admission.
- Know Your City: Consider visiting a nearby park for a walk with your pet, family, or children. Find a suitable new healthcare provider, and register your vehicle if you are in new state. Visit your neighbors, colleagues, and make new friends in the community to allow yourself the opportunity to plant roots and begin to feel at home. Visit places in your neighborhood and throughout the city. This will help you become familiar with various city landmarks, and essential locations such as supermarkets, medical centers, banks, schools, government institutions, car services, etc. Your transition into a new area will be easier once you are familiar with your surroundings and its unique provisions.
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