Moving to a New State: Quick Tips to Help You Settle in Easily

It’s no secret that moving can be a tough experience to work through. It’s usually a mentally and emotionally draining process that also takes a lot of time. If you’ve been in your previous home a long time, you may even need to mourn the loss of it.

Thankfully, there are ways to make your move easier. Part of that means making sure all your logistics are taken care of. But it also means finding ways to have a bit of fun! Here are some quick tips to help you settle in easily for your next move. 

Do Your Research

When thinking about where you’d like to move, you probably think of, well, the actual house. And of course, you do! The physical building and the property it’s on is what you’re paying for. The home is the what of home ownership.

However, you want to make sure you also properly consider the where of home ownership. Sure you may have looked into the local school systems or checked that there’s a grocery store nearby. Those are all well and good, but don’t necessarily account for what it’s like to live there over a long period of time. For example, do you know what the average yearly rainfall is in your new area? This one statistic makes a huge difference between living in Montpelier, Vermont and in Phoenix, Arizona, for instance.

To make your easing in easier, do proper research ahead of time so you know what to expect moving forward. The Vermont home is more likely to suffer seasonal weathering, for example, due to heavy snow and rainfall. Conversely, the Arizona home’s utility bill may be much higher to afford electrical cooling during summer’s raging temperatures. Remember, it’s no longer the era where people are snapping up houses sight unseen. Get an inspection and request a home insurance quote to know what to expect before you move.

Update Important Documents

Once you have moved, you’re going to want to update some essential information. Several official documents need your correct address. While most states will have some grace period, it’s better to get the process in motion as soon as possible.

Updating your driver’s license and vehicle registration is one of the most important changes you should make after moving. Check in with your state’s DMV and prepare any necessary paperwork you’ll need such as proof of identity and residency. Keep in mind some states require a vehicle inspection and emissions test to register your car. Then schedule an appointment with the DMV, bring your paperwork, and go through the registration process.

You’ll also want to update your voting registration. That way you’ll be able to participate in local elections to improve the community you’re joining. You’ll also want to update your address on other various necessities, like your bank account, credit cards, and insurance policies. Get the ball rolling now with these administrative tasks, so they’ll soon be out of sight and out of mind. 

Have Some Fun!

It’s true that moving can be a ton of work. But don’t let yourself get trapped in the stress and drudgery of copious paperwork! Usher in your new move in good spirits with a little fun. 

Do some research on your map app of choice and check out the highlights of your new town or city. Find a cool bar, restaurant, shop, or park to enjoy what your new local life has to offer. Love to hit the gym? Get a day pass at the various athletic clubs and discover which feels most at home for you. If you’re a foodie, find a place where you can sample some of the local cuisine. 

Additionally, hop on Meetup.com or a Facebook group to meet some of the locals. Find the crossover between your interests and social activity to weave yourself into your new community. Perhaps that means joining a book, hiking, or music club. No matter where you are in the world, you can bet that people will be doing things they enjoy. Having fun and continuing your hobbies can be a great way to make your new place truly feel like home.

Don’t Neglect Your Health

Moving is demanding: physically, mentally, and emotionally. Make sure you’re eating and drinking enough healthy food and water during the move itself. That way you’ll have the proper energy to get all those boxes packed and unpacked. It’s also entirely possible to get sick from the toll moving can take, so stay vigilant. 

Moving also tends to bring up lots of emotions you may not be totally aware of. That’s because moving isn’t just a change of house, it’s a change of life. So the process may dredge up memories of the past left unresolved. It also may just be difficult for you to go through big changes. Be sure to give yourself the mental and emotional time and space you need. 

Remember to be patient with yourself. There’s no one right or wrong way to move, and you’re not right or wrong for feeling how you feel. If the move is light and easy-breezy, then great! But if you find yourself struggling emotionally, respect the process and take note of your feelings. Try meditating, talk to a friend or loved one, and be open to opportunities for inner growth as they appear. 

Take the Move in Stride

Be kind to yourself as you go through the moving process because it truly can be involved. But just because something is difficult or complicated doesn’t mean it can’t be a bit easier. Here being kind means making sure you’re on top of your research and paperwork to streamline the process. It means being open to new experiences and feelings that may come up along the way. Soon enough you’ll be settled in and fully immersed in your new house and new life.