In your experience, what are some basic steps to settling in?
In the hectic days after a move, its easy to overlook some details. After the dust settles, check to be sure you have taken care of these tasks. Better still, give some of these jobs to older children like an information scavenger hunt while you finish unpacking.
- Tour the neighborhood.
Take a tour of the neighborhood to find the nearest hospital, grocery stores, police and fire stations, churches, post office, libraries, parks, neighborhood shopping centers and area malls.
- Gather service information.
Ask your real estate agent or call your Chamber of Commerce or town hall for information on trash pick-up, cable service, emergency services and voter registration.
- Give notice of your change of address.
Check delivered mail for forwarding stickers. Send a change- of-address card (available free from your local post office) to each sender who used your old address.
- Focus on cars and drivers.
Change vehicle registration and drivers' licenses to the new state, if needed, and transfer home and auto insurance policies to a local agent.
- Ask for medical referrals.
Get referrals for doctors and dentists, and have your records forwarded to them. Also, find a good local veterinarian, if needed.
- Explore local shops.
Check out local service providers such as banks, dry cleaners, florists, hair salons, etc.
- Make time to talk.
Spend family time talking about the move and monitoring how each member is adjusting.
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