12 Things to Do After Moving to get Settled in a New City
Now that the residential movers have finished unloading your belongings, it’s time to get settled. We’ve put together suggestions to help, but first, take time to congratulate yourself!
Moving to a new city isn’t a slam-dunk. It takes courage, planning, money, and energy. You’ve made it. Settling in means getting your new home in order, locating community support, and establishing new connections, here are some of our best tips to get settled now that your move is complete.
Organize Your New Home
A top priority is making sure your all your belongings arrived damage-free. Then you’ll need to ensure your house is functioning to provide you and your family with a safe home.
- Check electronics and appliances (if you moved them). Portland movers and insurance companies will take reports and process any damage claims.
- Inventory your furniture and boxes. Here, too, if you have any missing or damaged items, contact your residential mover and homeowner’s insurance company for reimbursement.
- Confirm utility accounts (gas, electric, cable/satellite, water/sewer) are in your name, that your mail has been forwarded correctly, and any extra services such as trash pick-up (including trash/recycling containers) or home security systems are set up.
- Do a thorough walk-through of your house to learn its set-up. Locate and check the labels on the fuse box to confirm how the house is wired. Find the main water shutoff. Check for unexpected leaks, infestations or damage, especially if your house has been vacant.
- Update your security by changing the locks on exterior doors, checking window closures, and installing smoke detectors on each floor. Consider adding a carbon monoxide detector and fire extinguishers to your house and garage.
Find Your Community Resources
After you’ve unpacked essential items in the most-used areas — your bedroom, bath and kitchen, it’s time to head out and become a resident in your new city.
- If you’ve made a long-distance move, you’ll need a new driver’s license and will need to register your vehicle.
- Stop by your local city or township hall to register to vote. Local governments often have welcome packets with useful information for newcomers, like the location of the library, parks and recreation services, and community events.
- Families with children will need to register with the school district. If you’ve moved during the summer, talk with the school administrator about scheduling a tour for your child(ren) and meeting teacher(s) prior to the fall start.
- Take a walk or drive around your neighborhood to find other useful resources: grocery stores, pharmacies, hospitals, post office, and police and fire departments. Look for personal essentials like the coffee shop, gas station, dry cleaners, and shopping areas.
Get Connected with Others
In the first few weeks after your move, begin building relationships. Most people like to help newcomers become part of the community, so don’t be reluctant to ask questions.
- Neighbors and work colleagues will have suggestions for physicians, dentists, veterinarians and even hair stylists. They’ll be resources for learning about the local culture including museums, restaurants, and sports teams. And you’ll get tips on the best routes to use when traveling to work, school, and area attractions.
- Local philanthropic organizations like churches, the YMCA, or the United Way can also help you become connected to others in your community.
- Local schools or universities will have websites with calendars of activities, clubs to join, and special events.
Reliable, Helpful Movers in Portland
If you need a professional Portland mover for short or long distance moves, contact our team at Smooth Move People. We’ll take the worry out of your move, so you can focus on settling in.