Moving to a new town is a serious undertaking. From finding a new job to buying a house, there’s a lot to accomplish before you can settle into your new community — and the work doesn’t stop when you arrive. When the moving truck is unloaded and boxes unpacked, there are a few things left to do before you can call your new city “home.”
Change Your Address
If you haven’t already updated your mailing address with the postal service, do it now. It’s easy to change your address online. When you do, you’ll also receive coupons and special offers for the things you need to settle into your new home. In addition to updating your address with USPS, be sure to provide banking institutions and other companies with your new address.
Update Car Insurance, License, and Registration
Most states, including Colorado, give new residents 30 days to update their driver’s license and registration. However, rules vary by state so you’ll want to review the laws wherever you’re moving so you don’t miss the deadline. If you’re moving within the same state you can likely update your address online, but if you’re crossing state lines, plan for a trip to the DMV. You’ll need proof of car insurance before registering your vehicle, so don’t delay updating your policy. Since minimum coverage requirements vary by state, you may need to buy more coverage. Even if your new state doesn’t require it, you may want to buy extended coverage like uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage if statistics show a high proportion of risky drivers. Keep in mind that buying more coverage doesn’t necessarily mean paying more. Car insurance premiums vary by state and by the insurer, so shop around to find the best value.
Set Up Your Internet Connection
Setting up your internet ASAP will make the next few steps easier. Research internet service providers to determine which company offers the best speeds and services in your area and decide if you’d rather rent or buy a modem and router. While renting is convenient, most people save money and get higher speeds when they buy their own equipment. Either way, you’ll want to schedule internet set-up on your day off so you have plenty of time for troubleshooting.
Take Care of Outstanding Repairs
It would be wonderful if all homes were turnkey, but in reality, most require at least a few minor repairs after move-in. Before you start planning paint jobs and other cosmetic updates, however, hire contractors to complete outstanding repairs that affect your home’s livability. This may include weatherizing doors and windows, resolving electrical and plumbing issues, or addressing drainage problems that put your home’s foundation at risk. By taking care of these jobs now, you avoid more expensive repairs in the future.
Introduce Yourself to Your Neighbors
The longer you wait to introduce yourself to your new neighbors, the more awkward it feels. Walking around the neighborhood and saying hello to everyone is a tried-and-true method of meeting the neighbors, but if you prefer an official meet-and-greet, try Realtor.com’s suggestions of hosting a casual open house or stuffing mailboxes with a friendly note. Don’t forget to help your kids introduce themselves too! Odds are, there are at least a couple of families in the neighborhood with children the same age as yours.
Explore the Area
Once you’ve acquainted yourself with the neighbors, it’s time to venture beyond your neighborhood and discover community resources. From finding the nearest grocery store to scouring local newspapers for community events and activities, taking these steps early helps you feel at home in your new city. You can also join local online groups on Facebook and Nextdoor to tune into what’s happening in your city. Moving to a new city can be intimidating, but the best way to feel at home quickly is to dive in head-first. Instead of hunkering down indoors while you get your house in order, make a point to get to know the community beyond your home’s four walls. While it takes time for any city to feel like home, the sooner you start, the sooner you’ll feel at peace in your new community.