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4 Tips for Settling In when Moving to a New Town

Moving to a new town

Moving to a new town gives you the opportunity to meet fresh challenges and learn how to adapt to different surroundings. It’s not always easy, and these tips for settling in may give you some ideas.

  1. Explore Your New Town

Although you will have done some research about your new town, once your move is over, begin to explore. Check out the places you’ll need to frequent most, such as:

  • Schools or colleges. Find the best routes from your home to school, check whether there are public transport options and what the traffic is like at peak times. Use a GPS, check out online maps and walk or drive the route.
  • Exercise venues. You may enjoy going to the gym, walking or running. Find the gym nearest your home or work, discover walking and jogging trails at local parks and see if your town has a public swimming pool. Read online reviews about these places, and go to see for yourself where they are and what they’re like.
  • Eating places. You may be a food connoisseur who likes fine dining, a person who likes diner-style meals or a coffee-house fan. Whatever your preference, see what’s on offer in your new town, check reviews and sample the fare. When you’re in the process of moving to a new town, you’ll be only too happy to go out for a few meals and not have to cook at home.
  1. Join Groups

One of the best way to meet people in your new town is to join groups. Schools, non-profit organizations and community groups are always only too happy to welcome volunteers and new members.

Choose groups that tie in with your personal interests and hobbies so you meet like-minded people. For example, if you’re an avid bird watcher, join the local club, or if you like to read, connect with reading groups and book clubs through the local library — and while you’re there take the opportunity to apply for a library card.

Find information about various groups by reading the local newspaper, checking notice boards in your shopping mall and searching on Facebook.

  1. Reach Out

When moving to a new town and finding friends, it’s best to be proactive rather than waiting for people to approach you. If you’re an outgoing type, this should be no problem, but if you’re an introvert you’ll probably have to make a conscious effort to interact with people you don’t know.

Chatting about a common situation is a good start. For instance, if you’re in the queue at your local supermarket, make a positive comment about the wide range of cheeses or ice creams in the dairy fridges. Talk to the till operators and thank them when you leave; if you’re friendly, they’ll be sure to remember you when you return. Make contact with your neighbours and ask their advice about places to go and things to do; people usually love to help others but may be shy to offer unsolicited advice.

  1. Give Yourself Time

It can take up to a year to really find your feet in a new community, and there may be times when you regret moving to a new town. Keep reaching out, and don’t let yourself settle into a rut of just home and work. There will be times when you’re alone at home, so be comfortable with that. Go out and have a cup of coffee at your favourite hangout; look for familiar faces and be brave — have a chat.

For more tips on moving to a new town and more, contact Tender Touch Moving today.

 

Tender Touch’s Change of Address Checklist

Change of address checklistMoving can be an extremely stressful and frustrating experience. There are so many details that must be taken care of during a move, including letting everyone know where to find you now! While many people have the misconception that simply filling out a change of address form with the local post office is sufficient, this is just not so. In order to keep your correspondence coming in like clockwork, there are a number of individuals, businesses, and agencies that must be notified of your move as well. Below is a comprehensive change of address checklist to help ensure that nobody gets missed.

Change of Address Checklist

  • Friends and Family Members
  • Place of Employment (remember to notify any previous employers that may still need to send you important information such as income tax forms or insurance information)
  • Schools
  • Daycare Providers
  • Financial Institutions
  • Investment Brokers
  • Pension Plans
  • Credit Card Companies
  • Finance Companies and Lenders
  • PayPal
  • Insurance Companies (health, auto, life, homeowner’s, etc.)
  • Memberships/ Clubs 
  • Service Providers (utility companies, phone and cell phone providers, internet service, cable company, garbage pick-up, water delivery)
  • Driver’s License
  • Vehicle Registration
  • Lease/ Rental Companies (Furniture, appliances, vehicles)
  • Housekeeping Services
  • Lawn and Garden Services
  • Pest Control Companies
  • Newspapers/ Magazines
  • Web-based Services (weather reporting, local news, etc.)
  • Food Delivery Services
  • Diaper Services
  • Healthcare Providers (doctors, dentists, hospitals, etc.)
  • Veterinarian
  • Religious Organizations

While this list might seem a little overwhelming at first, here are a few ideas to make changing your address less time-consuming.

  1. Make use of social media. Create a group message on Facebook and inform friends and relatives of your recent move.
  2. Create a mass email message for friends, family members and business associates that includes your new mailing address.
  3. Purchase inexpensive postcards and notify your contacts the old fashioned way.
  4. Send a mass text to the contacts in your cell phone and let them know that you are ready to receive mail at your new address.
  5. Many service providers, financial institutions, and other companies offer links to change your address directly from their websites.
  6. If you are running short on time, it might be worth the small fee to employ a notification service to do the legwork for you. Not only do some of these online services complete most of the tasks involved with the change of address checklist for you, but a few will even eliminate any junk mail that you would have received.

Don’t get overwhelmed with all of the details that are involved with your next move. Be sure to check out our database that is filled with an abundance of helpful tips, advice and printable forms that are designed to make your moving experience a breeze.

We look forward to providing you with the services you need to make your move as stress-free and pleasurable as possible. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! For additional assistance, feel free to contact us today.