If you’re planning on moving to a new home in the near future, you’ve likely got a to-do list about a mile long that you’re trying to manage. And while all moves can be stressful, if you’re moving to an entirely new city or state, the overwhelming amount of things that you have to figure out about creating a new life there can be very daunting.
Luckily, with a little planning and forethought, all of these things can become much easier to manage. To help you see how this can be possible, here are three tips for setting up your new life in your new home.
Get Your Utilities Set Up
One of the very first things that you’ll want to do once you know where exactly you’re moving to, according to Elizabeth Weintraub, a contributor to The Balance, is to set up your utilities at your new address. The last thing you want to have happen is to pull up to your new home on moving day and not have electricity or running water.
As part of setting up the utilities at your new home, you’re also going to want to make sure that you get your internet set up as soon as you can. In some instances, you can get this all taken care of before you move in or even gain access to the property. But in other circumstances, you may have to wait until a technician can come out to your home. Either way, it’s best to find out and take care of as much as you can in advance of moving.
Prepare For Emergencies
While you might like to think that no emergencies will ever happen to you while you’re living in your brand home, the fact of the matter is that emergencies can happen anytime and at any place. And because of this, you’ll want to get prepared for emergencies as soon as you move into a current place.
To do this, Andrew Zoellner, a contributor to the Family Handyman, advises that you should learn where the main water shut-off valve and the electrical panel are. Additionally, you should spend some time learning where the closest police station, hospital and other emergency services are located.
Find New Social Circles
Moving to a new place means you’re likely going to need to develop a whole new social circle, too.
If this intimidates you, Dan Matthews, a contributor to LifeHack.org, recommends that you try to get more comfortable striking up conversations with people who you find interesting. You could also try looking into networks that you’re already a part of, like your work, church, alumni groups, and others, to see if you have any connections with people who already live in your new city.
If you’re nervous about getting your new life started once you move to a new city, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you get off on the right foot.