When relocating to your brand new house or apartment, there could be a strange feeling of perplexity – that kind of sensation that you don’t belong there. Usually, after a certain period of time, this feeling will go away, together with the moving shock you might have felt in the process.

The post-relocation period is most of the times complicated from the very beginning when you find yourself hidden among dozens of boxes and you literally have no idea where to start and where to go afterward.

Even so, the post-relocation period doesn’t have to take its toll on you. In this article, we will share with you a list of helpful steps you want to follow after the move.  The golden rule, in order to avoid any unpleasant situations or surprises, is to start preparing ahead of time and planning everything respectively.

Of course, everyone will say that unpacking your boxes should be the very first step after the move is done, but what about giving the house a tour and learn all its nooks and crannies?  Did you have time to change your postal address or find qualified health care providers already? Of course, we would also strongly recommend you to visit your local MTO, register your car and get a new driver’s license if you moved cross country. Why not go and meet new people, get in touch with your neighbors and make new friends?

Here are some suggestions of the main things that should be done after moving in Toronto.

1. Start organizing the post move time

Welcome to your new home!

When you entered your new house, a new period begins – the post-move period. You’ll probably start feeling this pleasant relieve that the Toronto moving is over and there won’t be any stress ahead. However, in order to make your new house a home, you still have a lot of things to do. All the boxes stacked around have to be unpacked and all your belongings should be organized in their new places.

Now it is a good time to create a new task list that will help you focus on unpacking and organizing all your belongings accordingly. Don’t forget that time is priceless, and since you have a bunch of duties, wasting your time is a luxury you can’t afford.

2. Unpacking all the boxes

You should start with unpacking the rooms that you are using the most like a kitchen, bedroom, and, of course, bathroom.

As opposed to the packing process, now you have a lot of time to unbox all your belongings. There is no due date. Unpacking your belongings either sooner or later is totally up to you. When you get rid of all those annoying boxes, the fresh air will fulfill your home and it will be a good time to invite new friends and neighbors to your Welcome Party.

Your essential boxes, those filled with items of utmost importance, should be the very first boxes to unpack. Then, start unpacking all the Bedroom and Bathroom labeled boxes. It is advisable to set up these two rooms with priority. After all, you might want to take a quick shower and have a rest on your comfy bed before the unpacking process is over.

After moving into a new home, unpacking is surely the first thing to do. Still, the best part here is that you get to unpack at a pace that fits your immediate needs.

3. Learn the secrets of your new home

Needless to say, your new home will also be a new place for you to discover, learn and get adjusted to. Therefore, a very good idea would be to gather all your explorer’s traits and perform a tour around your new home. Look for any signs of damages that were there before, inspect the pipes for any leaks, and be keen about unpleasant evidence of infestation. Also, in case of emergencies, locate the fuse box and the main water stop valve, and then take note of the readings on both your water and electricity meters.

And while you’re taking the tour, take mental notes of whether or not your new home is adequately reinforced against unauthorized access such as theft, or against the destructive forces of Mother Nature. Having a small child requires triple and maximum attention to all the details, so make sure to check every single corner for any potential threat.

Ensure that all the windows and doors are safe, and all the necessary in-case-of-emergency items are installed and/or accessible, such as fire-extinguisher and smoke detectors. Needless to say, the more familiar you are with your place, the better it is for you and your family.

4. Change your postal address

Regardless of whether you moved just a few blocks away or relocated to a new city, province, or state, the postal address of your new home will be different. If you didn’t find time to change the address right after you moved, don’t be surprised if your regular mail and subscriptions still go to your old place. This, of course, will cause inconveniences both to you, and the new residents of the old house.

Don’t forget to change your old address to the new one, so check with the post office when you have time. The sooner the better, remember it! Nowadays, you have two options here: 1) going in person  to your local post office and complete the change of address card, or visit canadapost.ca and do all the changes online.

One way of avoiding any inconveniences would be for you to leave some cash for the new owners of your old place, so this way you will surely get all your mail, and they won’t be bothered by constantly receiving someone else’s mail and throwing it away.

Visit us tomorrow for more suggestions on what to do after your relocation.