An adjustment period is inseparable part of every move. Whether you are moving to another country, borough or just a few blocks away, it might take a while for you to adapt to the new living environment.
Moving to a different state might cause a variety of opposite feelings like enthusiasm and powerlessness. Not being familiar with the new city, you will face initial uncertainty, which, in some cases may lead to some sort of anxiety or depression. Sometimes newcomers withdraw from society and live isolated lives for quite a while. That’s also understandable, given the fact that everyone responds differently to changes. Your daily routine is suddenly disrupted, you are absolutely out of your comfort zone and you are losing control over new surroundings.
However, as long as your concerns are rational, you can expect them to fade away eventually. It’s basically a natural course of events.
Once you regain your self-confidence you will aspire to get to know as many of city’s landmarks as you can. The sooner you start your research, the more comfortable you will feel being part of the new environment. Your experiences depend also on your attitude, so be positive and grateful for new life circumstances and embrace them gladly.
If you have moved to a major city like New York City, you have plenty of resources available. Other than via internet, you can also buy some guides, maps at your local bookstore and get all relevant information.
Things to do when you get to your new home
Past the move and acclimating to the new surroundings, bare in mind that there are a lot of tasks to accomplish, to take care of entire property. However, don’t rush with unpacking. Give yourself enough time to come around after an exhausting and overwhelming moving day.
Make your and your family’s safety the priority task. First of all protect your house from potential break-ins and fire. Check if fire alarms are working and maintain them properly. You can also install a carbon monoxide detector. Also, in order to prevent burglaries, check if all windows and doors have locks and install outdoor lighting system and maybe a security alarm.
While entering the new house, it will occur to you that the toughest part of the move is over. However, you still have a long way to go before you can even say that your mission is accomplished successfully.
– First of all, arrange your moving boxes and check if your appliances are undamaged after the transport. Make sure that each moving box is being delivered, that nothing’s lost. If some of your belongings are somehow damaged, inform your mover about that and have your insurance company submit a claim.
Movers in NYC usually provide customers with a certain type of insurance which doesn’t have to cover all your goods, so you may consider purchasing an additional one. A complete insurance could be more than convenient in situations of damaged or lost goods during transport.
– Make thorough inspection and house inventory. Establish a list of items that need to be revised or fixed. Set up your utilities and check the electronics.
– Don’t misplace moving-related documentation and receipts. You may need the bill of lading and the payment receipt afterwards.
– Take care of the paperwork – get your medical and school records transferred to your new city/community/area. – Choose a health care provider for you and your family.
– Register your children in a new school or kindergarten. In order to take care of your finances, you will need to open a new bank account as well.
– Also, get household and health insurance as soon as possible.
– Once you are settled in your new house, make sure to inform all interested parties about the address changing – delivery services, bank, school, post office, your employer,…
– You may have to get a new driver’s license and plates, depending on whether you have moved to another state or country.
– If a member of your family is a baby or toddler, you should childproof your house. The usual house security is not good enough, so you will have to adjust your house to the child’s needs in order to eliminate any possible dangerous situations.
– Unless you intend to move soon, get rid of the packing material by recycling it, giving it to your friends or selling it.
– Once the unpacking is done, you will get an opportunity for deep, detailed cleaning of the entire house. If your budget allows, hire a professional cleaning assistance in order to save your time and energy.