September 10, 2019 at 10:36am | Blair Schwisow
By Natalie Jones

Moving to a new city can come with its fair share of benefits and challenges.  Whatever your
reasons may be for relocating, it will be necessary to get comfortable in your new space. Here
are some easy ways to do that so you can get settled and make the most of your new home.

Make Your Notifications

Ideally, there are a number of people you should notify with your new address . These include
credit card companies, your doctor and the post office, to name a few. You’ll also need to
contact your car insurance provider to determine the next steps for your policy if you’re moving
out of state. The Balance offers some great advice for switchingyour car insurance provider.
You should compare rates as well as the type of coverage your new policy will provide. Bear in
mind that your insurance rate may cost more than you’re used to depending on the state that
you’re in. For example, at an average cost of $4,079 per year for full coverage, Michigan has
the highest car insurance rate  this year. On the other end of the scale, the average annual cost
for car insurance in Boise is $890 for full coverage. To ensure you get the best rates in your new
city, ask your provider about bundling discounts, meaning you can combine your car insurance
with some of your other policies, such as homeowners, renter’s or life, to help lower your
premiums.

Get Comfortable Without the Hassle

According to Budget Dumpster, the best way  to unpack is by having an organizational system.
This includes tagging boxes with a code that allows you to easily know where they belong as
well as unpacking bathroom and kitchen items first. You should also put together a kit that
contains essentials such as toothpaste, a week’s worth of clothing, toilet paper, a crockpot, and
phone chargers. This will allow you to take care of your daily needs without digging through your
boxes all the time. Having marked the boxes, you’ll be able to prioritize your unpacking within
your first week.

Once you have unpacked, it’s time to give your new space some personality. While changing
the locks are recommended, you can also hang some art, get houseplants or even paint. If you
need to store some of your things while unpacking or because you’re doing renovations, you
should definitely research the cost of storage units. The figures vary according to unit size and
location. For example, the cost of storage may be high in Boise depending on the time of year,
but there are deals to be had, like the “first month free” at Central Self Storage - Boise on
10’x10’ units.

Get to Know Your New Community

IRealtor.com suggests  settling into your new community can start before you even arrive if you
reach out to your contacts. If you already have acquaintances in the area, you could always
host a housewarming party at your new home. This will help you to form new relationships more
smoothly. If these options don’t work for you, there are other ways  to get to know your new
community. These include visiting the local library, attending local events and making use of the
visitors’ center if your community has one. If you make the effort to actively explore  your
neighborhood, by the end of your first year you will easily have met your neighbors and found
activities that you enjoy.

There’s no doubt that getting used to a new area can be a stressful experience so make sure
you find activities that will help you relax and get more comfortable. Here are some other helpful
links for finding essential persons or establishments in your new city:

Photo courtesy of Pixabay 

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