Tips and Pointers for Settling In After Your Big Move

Expert Tips for Settling In After Your Big Move

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    Moving to a new place can be complex and challenging, especially if you’re going to a new town or area of the country. With adequate planning and a lot of patience, you can minimize the disruption to your life, and begin to enjoy your new surroundings sooner instead of later. 

    Here are some tips to help make getting settled a bit easier, presented by Sky Moving.


    Research the Housing Market

    Exploring the local housing market in areas you’re considering for relocation is a crucial initial step. Start by browsing online listings to gain an understanding of what’s available, checking prices, styles, and neighborhood features. This preliminary research helps in narrowing down your preferences and identifying potential areas of interest. Engaging with these listings not only provides a sense of the market but also prepares you for more in-depth exploration and decision-making. 

    Execute a Seamless Move

    Executing a seamless move requires meticulous planning and organization, including creating detailed checklists and timelines to ensure nothing is overlooked. Leveraging professional moving services like Sky Moving for packing, transportation, and unpacking can significantly reduce the stress and physical strain, making the transition smoother and more efficient.

    Check Out the Community

    Do research on your new community before you begin packing. If at all possible, visit the town and stay a week or two, so you have some idea of what it’s like being a resident there. Look into costs of housing, utilities, transportation, parking, and overall cost of living in the area. If you don’t already have a job in the new place, begin looking for one. Find local organizations or websites where you can ask questions to learn about neighborhoods, healthcare, public transportation, work opportunities, and culture.

    Unpacking After the Move

    Visit your new place before your belongings arrive, if possible. If possible, give the place a quick cleaning before the boxes are delivered. If you’ve done your packing properly, you’ll have a box labeled “Need Soon,” which contains the things you will need right away, like toilet paper, a few dishes and silverware, cleaning supplies, bed linens, bath towels, medications, electronics chargers, and toiletries. 

    Put any perishable food in the refrigerator. Then on Day 2 you can unpack your clothing, and set up the rest of the kitchen. Some people suggest unpacking the TV and similar entertainment items last, as they can distract you from unpacking.

    Pets are often best off if they are contained during the hubbub of unpacking. Since the activity typically can spread into days and weeks, if your new space lacks a fenced yard, a playpen might be helpful. Check into websites with trustworthy product reviews and recommendations to use before you make your purchase.

    Making Friends 

    HelloGiggles notes that making friends in a new place can be challenging, particularly if you are no longer in school. Introduce yourself to your new neighbors. If you have friends or family with connections in your new area, follow up on these. Your new workplace can also be a good source of connection. 

    Remember that all the people you meet don’t have to become lifelong friends; some may simply be people who help you get to know the city and make friends with others. Check out local meetup groups and other organizations that focus on your interests. As much as possible, say yes to invitations you receive.

    Rekindle Old Friendships

    Take the opportunity to rekindle old friendships. Chances are good that many of your old classmates have similarly scattered from your hometown. Why not reach out for tips on feeling more settled? Even if they are far away, it’s a chance to reconnect. Use an online search tool to locate old friends and schoolmates from years gone by.

    Exploring the New Area

    Ask your neighbors and other new acquaintances for suggestions on where to go for coffee, groceries, a pharmacy, a veterinarian, and other essentials. The library is often a good place to learn about community groups, too. Asking for information about local farmer’s markets, gyms, and banks is a good way to get conversations started, and it will also help you learn your way around.

    Help Your Kids Make the Adjustment

    As much as possible, keep your children involved in planning the move. Once the unpacking is done, All Pro Dad suggests making it a game to explore the new area. Visit parks, libraries, and groceries, and help them get a sense of community, and learn about history, landmarks, and local culture. If your kids have special interests such as sports or the arts, sign them up for community leagues, clubs, or lessons. Ask your neighbors about other children who live nearby.

    Whether you plan to buy or rent, there will be some challenges in moving. You probably won’t feel at home right away, but be patient. It may take a few months to make connections, learn your way around, and feel like you’re a part of the community. Take care of your new home and focus on your business. With some effort, the new area will feel like home, and you’ll be welcoming other newcomers.



    Brian M.


    April 25. 2024


    ''These guys did a great job with my heavy stuff! I only needed a few heavy things moved (like a refrigerator, sofa, big display case, etc). They showed up on time, were helpful and friendly, and were done on-time. And they moved all my heavy stuff down a flight of stairs in the LA heat! Definitely recommend them, and will use them again in the future!''

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