Depending on where you are in the homebuying process, you may have made a list of the features you want in your new home, the supplies you need for packing, the final to-dos of moving day and the beverage request list for all the people helping you move. But what about that other list? The one with your new doctor, pharmacy, bank, cable company and coffee shop?
(If you’re reading this the night before the movers are coming, you might want to bookmark this so you can go over it later.)
We’ve put together a list of many of the things you’ll want to think about when moving to a new location, especially one far from your current home, to help make that transition as smooth and stress-free as possible.
What’s the cost of groceries where you’re moving? How about gasoline and clothes? What Internet and cable options do you have? You’ll probably want to review your budget to be prepared.
Do you know what the weather patterns are in your soon-to-be new community? Do you have the right clothing and tools for around the house?
3. Health care
What are your current health care needs, and are the right doctors and services available in your new area? Do you regularly see certain doctors or a chiropractor? What about a dentist, eye doctor and pediatrician? And don’t forget to check which pharmacies are in your new area.
Have you looked into all the schools in the area? Do you have the options you want, public and private? What kind of reputation do they have?
5. Spiritual life
Will you need to find a new house of worship near your new home? Do you want a really active congregation? The local chamber of commerce is a good place to check … or the Internet, of course.
Do you use a local credit union or a national bank? Is there a branch near your new home? Make sure they have ATMs in the area – you don’t want to have to drop an extra $3 every time you need some cash. Also, remember to update your account info if you have direct deposit or bill-pay set up with your current bank.
7. Your vehicle(s)
Car insurance premiums can change from city to city, and even more so from state to state. DMV.org is a private website that provides all kinds of vehicle-related information. The site has collected state car insurance requirements and organized them by state, making it pretty easy for you to see what you’ll need.
Don’t forget about your little buddies. What kind of pet care services are there around your new home? Are there places to walk your dog? At your new home, are there strict rules limiting what you can and can’t do regarding a pet?
Do you know anybody where you’re moving? What’s the nightlife like? What kinds of things do you like to do to chill out? Would you like to go out to restaurants, take part in outdoor activities, join a club or volunteer? Just doing some quick searches on Google can help you find opportunities in your area.
John Allasio is an author and content strategist for the Quicken Loans Zing Blog.