Monday, October 21, 2019 / by Tiffany Montgomery
People move away from home for many reasons. Some receive a high-paying job offer in a neighboring state that simply can’t be passed up, while others make a daring move across the country to live with a significant other. Still, there are some people who move their lives in the hopes of starting over from scratch. Regardless of the motivation for such a transition, it can be difficult to adjust to new circumstances. If you hope to be happy after moving from out of town, it’s important to overcome these obstacles. Here are some tips for settling into new surroundings after a recent move.
Make Your New House Livable
For the first few days after a move, your home will be plagued with a random assortment of boxes and moving supplies. As it’s difficult to settle into new surroundings without a comfortable living space, your primary focus should be on making your new home livable. Take care of the bedrooms first so you have a place to crash when you’re worn out from the move. You’ll also want to make sure the kitchen is usable right away. Set a schedule to make sure you don’t get stuck in the moving process.
Personalize Your Home
After all of the moving boxes are cleared and each room is accessible, you can start making your new house a home. Hang your family’s pictures, place familiar knickknacks around the home, and plan for any major changes you’d like to make in the future. If you’re going to do any remodeling, make sure you address any HVAC, plumbing, or wiring issues before moving onto aesthetic changes such as paint jobs or new furniture.
Introduce Yourself to the Neighbors
If you plan to live in your new house or apartment for more than a few months, you should make it a point to meet the neighbors. Knocking on their front door and introducing yourself is enough to break the ice and spark some conversation. When you’re home is in hosting condition, you can even invite neighbors over for a cookout or to watch a game. Making friends around the neighborhood can go a long way in making you feel more comfortable in a new place.
Connect with Your New City
Once you’re comfortable in your new neighborhood, it’s time to connect with the rest of the city. A majority of your life will be spent outside of the home, and it’s helpful to become familiar with your new surroundings as it relates to important areas of your life. Here’s a brief list of resources to help you connect with your new city.
Car Insurance - Make sure you switch car insurance but keep in mind that your zip code could have a massive impact on the rate you’re paying. If you happen to be in an area prone to higher premiums, find a provider who offers bundling discounts or provides lower rates for drivers who stay safe on the road. Also, keep in mind that the make and model of your car could increase your premiums, so if you’re in the market for a new automobile, this is something to keep in mind.
Gym Memberships - Find a local gym that meets your needs, or connect with a branch of a larger gym of which you’re already a member. For example, if you’re already a Planet Fitness member, you can use their online gym locator to find the closest facility to your new home.
Healthcare - Take your time to find the best doctors, dentists, and other healthcare providers in the area.
Veterinarian - If you have a pet, locate a registered and nearby veterinarian to provide animal care for your four-legged pal. Of course, take some time to read online reviews to ensure the vet you choose is great with animals.
Plumber- You’re bound to experience some plumbing problems in your new home. It’s helpful to have a plumber on call to solve any issues.
You’ve already done the hard part — you’ve moved all of your possessions to a new home! Now, you need to take some steps to ensure your new house or apartment feels like home. Before long, you’ll be settled in and at ease in your new place.
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