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In your experience, what are some basic steps to settling in?

by Team Randy & Jenny Thomas

In the hectic days after a move, it’s 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. 

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Change vehicle registration and drivers' licenses to the new state, if needed, and transfer home and auto insurance policies to a local agent.
    Get referrals for doctors and dentists, and have your records forwarded to them. Also, find a good local veterinarian, if needed.
  • Check out local service providers such as banks, dry cleaners, florists, hair salons, etc.
  • Spend family time talking about the move and monitoring how each member is adjusting

  • Tour the neighborhood.
  • Gather service information.
  • Give notice of your change of address.
  • Focus on cars and drivers.
  • Ask for medical referrals.
  • Explore local shops.
  • Make time to talk.
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    What are your suggestions for starting to feel at home immediately?

    by Team Randy & Jenny Thomas

    The hardest part about a move is having to start all over making new friends, locating doctors, etc. Here is a list of easy ways for you to set down roots in your new community:

    Secrets to settling in easily
    • Call a local newcomer’s group to develop a link to the community.
    • Volunteer at your place of worship or at your child’s school.
    • Sign up for a local adult education course.
    • Host a dinner party for a small group of co-workers.
    • Introduce yourself and your family to neighbors.
    • Invite the parents of your child’s new friends over for dessert.
    • Join the same types of clubs or groups that you left behind – homeowner’s association, health club, bridge group.
    • Sample a new restaurant one night a week.
    • Schedule weekly family outings to parks, lakes, theaters, sporting events, parades, or other community activities.
    • Ask neighbors for suggestions on hairdressers, dry cleaners, doctors, etc.

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