Whether you’re moving to a new country or moving to a new state, leaving the place you call home can be overwhelming in more ways than one. Maybe you’re moving because a job opportunity brought you there or maybe you’re moving to be closer to family, whatever the case may be, you’ll easily adjust and get settled into your new settings with a positive outlook and with the right priorities and responsibilities in order.
Sure, the physical aspect of moving is stressful enough… trying to make sure you have everything you need packed up, making sure all your belongings get to you, and let’s not even discuss the financial stress of moving… but as strenuous as all of that sounds, it’s not even the most stressful aspect of moving. The hardest part of moving is the transition of getting settled into your new surroundings.
Getting settled into your new surroundings isn’t just about getting unpacked and putting everything in its place. Yes, doing that helps you feel a sense of normalcy but there’s so much more to adjusting to your new surroundings in a new city. Take a look at some of the most important things you need to do first as soon as you move to a new city.
Find a Job
Ideally, you’d want to have a job already lined up but if you haven’t gotten to that point yet, there are all kinds of job boards that will help you find a job in your field. Before moving, you’ll want to do research on the city you’re moving to because certain cities have more job opportunities in specific industries than others. For example, if you’re looking for a job in family medicine, cities like Houston, Philadelphia, and Denver are all known for its dynamic job opportunities in health care. If you’re looking for construction industry positions, you’ll have more job opportunities in cities like Atlanta, Orlando, and Kansas City.
Change Your Address With Post Office
Changing your address with the post office is something you want to do a couple of weeks before you actually move because it typically takes about two weeks for the address change request to fully process. This is also a good time to get friendly with the new renters/owners of your old place. Why? Because even though you’ve put in a change of address request, you might still have mail sent to your old address. If you’re friendly with the new owners, you could ask them to send you any mail that is still being sent there.
Find a Family Doctor
Finding a family doctor is one of the most important things you need to do as soon as you move to a new city. In fact, you want to be doing your research on this before you move but it’s something you can also do once you move to your new city. Asking neighbors or people at your job may be able to provide you with valuable and helpful information on where to go.
Even with the advice they may give you, you definitely want to make sure your family doctor has certain characteristics, especially if you have children. Your family doctor needs to be:
- Properly educated
- Respectful and humane
You may not need a doctor immediately but it is important that you do your research on doctors that are in your network. To make the transition a smooth process, you may want to ask your current family doctor or primary care physician for your medical records so that you can provide them to your new doctors.
Stop By the DMV
The DMV is probably the worst place on Earth and no one wants to go there but it’s very necessary if you move to a new state. You’ll need a new driver’s license and new plates. The sooner you do this, the better off you’ll be because a trip to the DMV, for one thing, will take all day. So you’ll want to make this trip preferably before starting your new job and have the time to do it.
According to car-registration.org, the best times to visit the DMV is Tuesday through Thursday instead of Mondays because most people start their to-do lists on Mondays and if a trip to the DMV is on their list, you can best believe their visit there will be on a Monday. Another tip would be to visit the DMV in the middle of the month. Many drivers have renewal requirements at the beginning of the month so the foot traffic will be heavy during the beginning and ends of the month versus the middle.
Introduce Yourself to Your Neighbors
Once you move to your new home, you should make an effort to get to know your neighbors. It’s typically customary for your neighbor to greet you and welcome you the neighborhood but there’s nothing wrong with you making the first move of saying hello. Your neighbors can be your number one source of getting to know your new city. They probably have insight into good schools for you children, good doctors and dentists, and where to go to take in the social scene. So whether you’re checking the mail or washing your car in the driveway, if you see an opportunity to say hi to your neighbors, do it!