Moving for out for the first time can be a daunting, emotional step with a long to-do list. You may be thinking about things you’ve never had to consider before—rent, utilities and insurance. You may be wondering if you’ll make enough money to handle your expenses and what your new life will be like.

But first things first, there are plenty of things to think about before you set foot in a new home. To help you feel more settled, you may be interested in using a relocation service. This service specializes in helping you move to a new city and feel as comfortable as possible.

To reduce stress and help you get settled into your new life quickly, we’ve put together a list of things to do before moving out:

1. Get Organized

When it comes to moving, there are too many details to track without some kind of system. What are the requirements for moving into that cute apartment in that adorable neighbourhood? Did you need heat and water set up ahead of time or will they be included in your rent? Did those movers quote per box or per room?

Do yourself a favour and start a new folder on your computer to toss everything into—you will be glad when you go to find quotes or important details.

2. Make a Budget

Another important thing to do before moving out is to make a budget. One of the most important documents to keep in your moving folder is a realistic budget for moving. Think: moving supplies, movers, hook-up fees for utilities, first and last month’s rent and some basic furniture for sleeping and eating.

Having a realistic budget helps you plan for expenses, allowing you to know where you can cut costs and where you might be able to splurge.

3. Clear House

The last thing you want to pay to move is something you should have given away. Before you move out, have a ruthless look at your belongings. Keep sentimental things in one box and organize the rest into things that need to be moved, those that should be thrown out or could be re-used.

Consider having a garage sale or advertise items online to make a few dollars off of the things you no longer need. Everything that doesn’t sell can be donated to charity.

4. Collect Boxes

A month or more ahead of your move, it’s time to start packing. While you can buy corrugated cardboard boxes from truck rental companies or a moving company, you may want to collect smaller boxes for free from local grocery stores or liquor stores.

Simply ask at the counter if they have any available and if there is a limit to the number you can take. Wine and liquor boxes often make the perfect structures to carry small, heavier loads such as books.

5. Book Appointments

If you are moving anywhere further than your city limits, you will likely want to get set up with a new doctor, dentist and other specialists. Because it can take time to find these professionals, it’s a good idea to make a list of appointments with your local professionals before you move.

You’ll be happy, when you’re busy settling into your new place, knowing that your eyes have been checked and your teeth recently cleaned—a few less things to set up right away.

6. Find Reliable Movers

No matter how far you plan to move, reliable movers can save you an enormous amount of effort and stress when you could most use a break. Be sure to do your research and understand your local market—reach out to at least three moving companies to ask for quotes and be sure to check reviews online. Finally, confirm that the moving company you choose is licensed and insured.

7. Take a Day (or Three)

With all of the organizing and excitement, it can be easy to forget about your work schedule. While many people take a day off to move, settling-in to a new space can take much longer. If you can, take the next two days off after your move, as well. You will be glad to have the time to clean shelves, unpack your boxes and generally get used to your new home.

8. Explore Your New City

Even before you move to your new place, you will want to figure out the basics on an online map—where is the closest grocery store, walk-in clinic and post office? Where are the local restaurants? How far to the nearest hospital? Once you land in your new spot, spend time exploring these things, using local transportation to familiarize yourself with your new surroundings.

Whether you’ve been thinking about this day for a long time or it came upon you quickly, moving out on your own for the first time can be stressful. We hope this list of ideas on things to do before moving out has inspired you to be proactive in your planning and confident in your preparation.