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What to do after moving to a new state

moving-to-new-stateMoving to new state is one of those life-changing decisions which can affect the whole family in many different ways. It’s very difficult to decide to move house within the same city, and even more if you are moving to another state. You can expect that your life will be very busy during the relocation, if not turned upside down. However, your big move doesn’t have to be an unpleasant experience at all.

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Reaching your new destination means that just one part of your task has been completed, because your work is not over yet. There are still a lot of things to do until you can say that you have finally settled into your new place.

Reaching your new destination means that just one part of your task has been completed, because your work is not over yet. There are still a lot of things to do until you can say that you have finally settled into your new place.

– Furnish and organize your new home.
Although the items your have moved to the home are still usable, the chances are that you will have to purchase some additional pieces of furniture or appliances, especially if you are moving to a bigger home. Take your time to plan the layout of each room. Also, know your budget and how much you are allowed to spend on certain items.

– Avoid huge and reckless investments before completing the most important tasks. For example, buying another car wouldn’t be a smart idea at the moment if there are some essential appliances and pieces of furniture missing in your new home.

– Introduce yourself to the neighbors.
Explore your new city and get to know your neighborhood. Familiarizing with the surroundings as soon as possible and staying in touch with the old friends will help you deal with possible homesickness and depression.

– Set up the utilities and change the telephone number. Set up internet service so that you can stay in touch with your friends and family.

– Start looking for a job, unless you have already arranged for one, which is why you are moving to another state. Business opportunity is one of the most common reasons for moving to another state. People usually secure a job in a new city/country before they actually move.

– Transfer your driver’s licence, change your car insurance, plates and register the car in a new state.

– Get your children registered in a new school and have their school records transferred. The ideal would be to research good educational institutions for your kids before the moving day, especially if you are moving during the school year.

– After you have had the medical records transferred, find proper medical care for your family.

– Register to vote in a new state.

– Change the address and update your documents – ID cards, credit cards,… Inform all third-party services about the address change.

– Have your funds transferred to a new bank account even before the moving day.

– Install quality security system in your new home. When it comes to protecting your family and belongings you need to take extra precautions. Although in your previous neighborhood this wasn’t the case, you can never be too careful, especially since everything around you seems so unfamiliar and sometimes frightening.

– Make a housewarming party and invite your new neighbors, colleagues and your children’s school friends.
Adapting to a new city and culture sometimes takes much longer than expected. Moving can be very overwhelming, so take some time to relax and process the new situation. You don’t have to unpack everything in two days. Set your priorities and act accordingly.