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Unpack to Basics: An After-Moving Checklist

a couple packing their thingsSo you managed to weather the storm that is packing up and moving out. Congratulations! Now, all you need to do is settle into your new place.

Unfortunately, your work is far from over. Yes, you went through all that trouble packing your things up, only to unpack them again. Apart from this, you have to take care of several other things. In the chaos of unpacked boxes and empty spaces, you might forget some of them.

That’s why we’ve put together this checklist that covers all the essential things you need to do after moving.

1. Check If You Have All the Items You Packed

During your move, you probably hired a moving company to get your things from your old place to your new one. Moving Squad, a Florida-based moving company, says that it’s important to choose legitimate brokers and movers and to check if all your items arrived intact after the move. These are parts of your rights and responsibilities as a customer of a moving company. By checking your stuff, you can easily determine if you need to file for any damages.

2. Unpack and Set Up

If nothing’s damaged or missing from your things, you can now unpack them all and set them up to their rightful place. Don’t expect to accomplish this on day one, though. Unpack your essentials first, like toiletries and clothes you’ll use in the next few days.

Once you’ve had time to rest, start assembling your bedroom and bathroom stuff, including the furniture. Doing so will help you take a relaxing shower or a soak in the tub and rest on a comfortable bed. Don’t worry about the kitchen and living room yet—you can always order takeout or use food as an excuse to explore the new city.

3. Get to Know Your New City and Neighbors

Introduce yourself to your new neighbors. Knowing someone when you’re in a new city never hurts. You can also use the getting-to-know-you experience as a way to get recommendations on the best restaurants, shopping malls, and other stores. Go to these places, so you can memorize how to get around town.

4. Update Your Mailing Address

You shouldn’t leave this task for later because as an adult, you receive many essentials in the mail like your energy and water bills as well as bank statements. Go to your local post office and file for a change of address. You can also do it online via the USPS site.

5. Register for a New License

Different states have different laws for a new car registration, so you have to look up the ones for your state. Once you register with the local DMV, they’ll issue your new driver’s license and plates. Now you can drive around town and to and from work without any worries. You may also want to take this time to get your car insured.

There may be a few hiccups here and there, but remember that you made it here even if moving is no easy feat. After establishing all these, you can now enjoy the comforts of your new city, your new home, and this new chapter in your life.

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