Your Move’s Not Complete Until You Take Care Of These
You might feel stressed enough having to deal with your move already. Making sure everything gets from A to B without any damage, getting your family safely situated in the new home, and unpacking can already be a lot to do. However, when setting up life in a new area, you have to ensure that you’re establishing yourself in that area. Here are a few ways to do just that.
You might be able to stick with the same banking institution if you’re moving from an area where they have a location to another one. If not, you want to make sure that it’s convenient for you to be able to reach their offices, so you might want to think about switching banks. Of course, with online banking, this might not be as necessary, but if you do need to make a visit in-branch, you want to make sure that you’re able to.
You do not want to be caught without having registered for the health care services that you may one day need. As soon as you can, start looking at the local general hospital near you and get registered so you can visit as soon as anything happens. Similarly, you should register for eye care, ear care, and dental care, even if you don’t plan to make an appointment any time soon.
Your child’s school is something that you should be talking about well before you actually make the move. Find the school that they’re going to be moving to, talk to the staff about registration and find out what you can do to smooth their transition from one school to another. It’s a pretty big change for a child of any age so you want to do it right.
Changing your address as far as mail goes can be tricky because you might need to inform a range of people. There are online lists of people and services you will need to notify about your move. Two that can be most important are the postal service and leaving behind a new address for anyone who is moving into your old home so that even if you don’t catch everyone on the list, you can still make sure that there is a way to forward mail to you.
Of course, if you want a say in your government, be it local, state, or national, then you’re going to have to update that, as well. You can register to vote after moving, you just have to change your voter registration. You want to ensure that the electrical bodies know that you have moved so that you’re not counted amongst the people who haven’t voted in your previous home.
Setting yourself up in your new home also means connecting with the community of services around you. If you remember anything else to add to the list above, write it down and make it part of your to-do list.