Moving to a new neighborhood is an exciting prospect. Whether you find the idea exhilarating, or even if moving into a new area is out of your comfort zone, it helps to take steps to make it feel less overwhelming and stressful. Instead, focus on settling in and smoothly transitioning to your new neighborhood.
1. Find the Right Neighborhood Location
If you know you need to move but have yet to decide where your new home will be, start by selecting a few neighborhoods in the vicinity where you’re looking. Then, if feasible, visit them and spend time exploring the area. While visiting places, do the following.
- Observe the layout.
- Explore housing types and prices.
- Look for grocery stores, gas stations, schools, restaurants, etc.
- Identify public transportation options.
- Determine commute times (remember to consider any local peak-time traffic).
Look for what you know you will want and need in a neighborhood. This will help you identify your best options.
2. Before the Move
To help your relocation go smoother, pre-plan as much as possible, so you have fewer details to deal with during the actual move.
- Transfer, close, or open your new utility accounts.
- Fill out the USPS online form to change address, forward mail, or visit your local branch in person.
- Declutter your home by donating, giving away, or selling items you no longer want or need.
- Start gathering packing materials and create a packing strategy.
- Carefully label all boxes as you pack each one.
- Register children for school.
- Apply for jobs if moving to an entirely different area.
- Hire a professional mover to get yourself on the calendar (the earlier you book, the better chances you have of getting a better price and the date you prefer).
For any other more specific details, create a thorough moving checklist to help you tick off items as you complete them.
3. After the Move
Plan to relax the first night to get everyone settled into your new home. Chances are you’ll have prepared a first-night essentials kit with everything you need. Next, treat your family to a fun, relaxing dinner. Then, on day two, it’s time to embrace living in a different place and start anew.
- Make sure labeled boxes are placed in the rooms they belong.
- Start unpacking the essentials — bathroom, kitchen, and bedrooms.
- Unpack with a strategy for everything else.
- Introduce yourself to your immediate neighbors (it might feel challenging, but it will ease your transition and help you to make new friends or at least know people to ask questions).
- Get weather-appropriate clothing if moving to a new climate.
As you get settled, spend some time outside your home to explore your new neighborhood. Visit local shops, museums, and parks, and join local organizations. During your outings, wave or say hello to people you meet. Be approachable. Along the way, you’ll start connecting with local people, which will help you feel more like a part of the community.
Moving Made Easy
Moving to a new neighborhood typically has some challenges. However, the more positively you embrace the experience, the easier it’ll be. Working with professional movers to do the heavy lifting can free up your time to explore and transition to a new place.
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