Post move periods can be really tough in the very beginning, especially if you have absolutely no idea what things to do after a move. Yet, the post relocation period doesn’t have to be tough at all. The checklist below will give you good suggestions of what to do after you move into a new house. The thing is, if you organize your time right, you won’t even have to deal with any stressful or confusing situations.

1. Organize Your Post Move Time

Welcome to your new home! Your post move period starts as soon as you step over the threshold of your new house or apartment. It’s very important that you organize your post relocation time the best possible way. Do you remember how much your personal moving calendar made you take advantage of every hour of every day before the residential move? Now you’ll need to do something very similar.

Yes, do consider creating a brand new to-do list that will contain all the tasks you are expected to complete now that the relocation is over. New home errands? New city tasks? Your time matters too much to just do nothing, so get down to work. Again.

2. Unpack

Unlike packing up your home for a move, the best thing about unpacking is that you can actually stretch it in time and complete it at a much more comfortable pace. Unpacking after the move is important and its time consuming nature shouldn’t be underestimated, but you don’t really have a fast approaching deadline (your moving day) to try to desperately fit into.

The very first boxes you should unpack are your essentials boxes filled up with items of utmost importance. Then, you should start opening up all the Bedroom and Bathroom labeled containers, as those are the two rooms you are advised to set up with priority.

3. Learn About Your New Home

In most cases, your new home will be completely unknown territory for you, so it’s time to summon the explorer in you and set on an exploratory tour around the residence. Look for any signs of pre-existing damage, inspect the pipes for leaks, and keep your eyes open for unpleasant signs of infestation. Also, locate the fuse box and the main water stop valve in case of emergencies, and then write down the readings of your water- and electricity meters.

And while you’re doing that tour of yours, take mental notes of whether or not your new home is adequately secured against unauthorized access (theft), or against the destructive forces of Mother Nature. If you have a small child, then the new residence should be meticulously child-proofed as well.

Are the doors and windows as safe as they can be? Are there smoke detectors installed? What about conveniently placed fire-extinguishers on each floor? Needless to say, the fewer secrets your new place has, the better it is for you.

4. Change Your Address

Regardless of whether you moved just across town, relocated to a new city in the same province, or completed a cross country move, the postal address of your new home will be different. And that basically means that unless you take the time to change your address shortly after the house move, you’ll continue to receive your regular mail at your old address, which is no good.

5. Find New Health Care Providers

You never know how your body and mind will react to the stress of the recent move, or the conditions of the new city environment. One potential problem is that the health care provider you knew and trusted for years can no longer see you and have a look at you should you catch a cold, become more seriously ill, or simply need a specific document from a doctor.

Our moving into a new house checklist continues with another task of utmost importance – finding a new family physician for you and your family members, as well as a new veterinarian for your pet, if applicable. As was the case with the school, recommendations from people you can trust are still the best way to find the best health care provider for you.

The guiding principle should always be to keep in mind your specific medical needs, and to make the right choice between a primary care doctor and a specialized doctor. The years of experience and the type of personality of your future health care provider are also important factors to consider.

6. Register Your Vehicle

If you just crossed one or several provinces to reach your destination, then you shouldn’t forget to register your car in the new province. For your information, you may need to transfer your driver’s license as well.

7. Help Your Pets Acclimatize

If you just relocated with a pet, or pets, then you shouldn’t wonder too much about what to do after you move into a new house. This is so simply because one of the answers is too clear – you need to make sure your animal friend is feeling okay after the sudden change of scenery and unexpected leap out of their comfort zone.

The very first thing you can do for them is to clean your new place thoroughly due to the acute sense of smell of most pets, especially dogs and cats. The next best thing is to show them how much you care for them by tending to their needs, playing with them more frequently, if possible, and never leaving them alone for prolonged periods of time.