Moving somewhere new can be a bit disorienting at times, and post-moving periods can be tough on folks. So much time and planning simply goes into the move itself – and many times people forget that planning for the post-move is just as – if not more important.

All that being said – your post relocation period doesn’t have to be hard. This month, we’ve put a minor checklist together for you so you know exactly what to do once you’ve reached wherever it is you’re going. Let’s jump right in!

Start with a checklist

The first thing we recommend that you do is get organized. Add tasks to your list that not only help keep you busy, but also will help you get to know your new home and surroundings as quickly as possible.

Unpack those boxes

Unpacking is way easier than packing. For one, you don’t have to worry about being on any kind of a deadline. That means you can space things out and do it all in a few days, or a few weeks. The first boxes that should be unpacked are your essentials. That’s your toothpaste, bathroom stuff, food, etc. Then we recommend unpacking your list in terms of priority. Bedroom, bathroom, kitchen first – then everything else. And if you prepared the right way – you’ll already have your boxes labeled by room, so all you’ll have to do is sort the boxes and start moving things around!

Get to know your home

It sounds weird to say, but your new home is officially new territory for you. You’ll want to get to know it and all its quirks as soon as possible! Set up some time for a legitimate exploratory tour around your new surroundings. Look for the creaky boards, the trick corners, the potential problem spots and especially if you’re renting – be on the lookout for any hidden damage. Find out where smoke detectors are, map an escape route, find emergency valves, water shut-offs and the like. Long story, short – the fewer secrets your home has, the better off you’ll be.

Update your stuff

Congratulations, your address is officially different. That means you’ll have to update your billing addresses and, well – just about everything once you move in. Get this done immediately. The Postal Service has a great option now where you can simply walk into a local post office and fill out a change of address card. But everything else – that you’ll have to do some heavy lifting.

Get to know your new city

Once you’ve settled into your new space, it’s time to hit the road and see what your new hometown has to offer! Take walks, drives and find out where all your essentials are – banks, clinics, stores and the like. If you’re brand new and have moved into town for a new job, then we 100% recommend mapping out your commute as well! The quicker you get to know your city, the more at home you’ll feel there.

And wherever you end up, be sure to familiarize yourself with all your new community has to offer. There’s opportunity around every corner!