After Moving Checklist: 12 Tips to Help You Settle In


Whether you are making a cross country move or plan on relocating to a nearby town or city, prior preparation will help make the transition easier. This helpful guide of tips in the form of an “after moving” checklist will be a handy resource.

Tip No. 1: Visit Your Local Post Office to Confirm Mail Delivery

You already changed your address and made arrangements prior to moving to have your mail forwarded. After unpacking and settling in, visit your local post office to confirm mail delivery to your new address. You want to make sure that all your bills as well as your favorite magazines find their way to your mailbox. Make a note to provide your change of address to all sources including your newspaper carrier.

Tip No. 2: Get a Copy of the Yellow Pages Phone Book for Your Area

Pickup a copy of the Yellow Pages phone book for your area. This publication will prove to be a valuable source of information. After moving to a new locale, you will appreciate the availability of extensive resources collected in this book. Everything you will need is conveniently listed including local grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, gas stations, discount retail stores, and much more.

Tip No. 3: Choose a New Bank for Financial Services

Free Digital Landing Moving GuideIf you are lucky enough that your new home community has the same bank with branch locations, this step will be fairly easy. If you need to choose a new bank make sure that the financial institution is reputable and is FDIC insured. Having credit cards such as Visa or Master Card will help to make the transition easier as you can use these for a short time until you get your new bank accounts set up.

Tip No. 4: Select New Health Care Providers

After moving to your new home you will need to find new health care providers. This can include choosing a new physician, pharmacist, dentist, and optometrist. Your insurance provider can help you with this task by providing you with a list of covered practitioners in your community. The Yellow Pages phone book for your community is another great information resource.

Tip No. 5: Choose a New Veterinarian for Your Pets

For those consumers that have pets, this is an important step. You can rely on the Yellow Pages phone book you picked up shortly after moving and settling in to your new home. This resource will include listings of veterinarians in your area with hours and services provided. Make a note of this section and thoroughly review the listings so will be prepared if necessary in the event of any emergencies.

Tip No. 6: Enjoy Local Fast Food Restaurant Meals Until You Pick Up Groceries

After moving in to your new home, the last thing on your mind will likely be to prepare a big meal. You will be tired from unpacking and will probably want to simply visit your local fast food restaurants for a quick meal. Take a few quick short trips around your new community to track down your local fast food stops such as McDonald’s, Burger King, and Wendy’s so that you know where they are for quick convenient meals.

Tip No. 7: Check Out Your Local Grocery Stores and Discount Retailers

While traveling around your new community check out the area so that you know where your neighborhood grocery and discount retail stores are located. When you are ready to start preparing and cooking meals, you will want to go food shopping. You can also get great deals on household items such as paper goods and cleaning products at local discount stores such as Walmart and Target.

Tip No. 8: Find a New Beauty Salon, Hairdresser or Barber

Plan on getting a haircut before you move so that you have more time to choose a new beauty salon or barber after settling in. Picking a new hairdresser in an unfamiliar town may take some time. You may want to get referrals from your new neighbors or coworkers before you make an appointment. The local listings in your Yellow Pages phone book are another option to explore.

Tip No. 9: Locate a New Mechanic for Vehicle Services

Make sure your vehicles are serviced before your move if it is a long distance trip and you plan on driving yourself. Once you settle in you have several options for choosing a new mechanic. Depending on the type of vehicle, you can look for local dealerships that specialize in servicing the same make and model. Another option would be general service stations that are equipped to work on multiple types of vehicles regardless of manufacturer make and model.

Tip No. 10: Go to DMV for New State Plates and Driver’s License

Most states provide new residents with a reasonable amount of time to make the switch and get new vehicle state plates and licenses. Most state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) have official websites, which is great as you can get answers to most commonly asked questions online. Contact your local DMV for additional information and guidance if needed.

Tip No. 11: Track Down Local Gas Stations for Fuel

Living in a new community takes some getting used to. You will need to learn where everything is and this includes knowing the location of the nearest gas station. Having a full tank of gas before you move to your new home will give you more time to explore the community as you settle in and get to know the area.

Tip No. 12: Get Home Phone, Digital TV and Internet Services

Some consumers may decide to rely on their mobile phone service initially after moving and then make arrangements for other services once they unpack and get settled. You can explore your options for service providers in your new community right here on Digital Landing. Use our online tool to select and make arrangements to get hooked up for all your home entertainment and home connection favorites. Make sure you also check out other great moving resources and helpful tips available on Digital Landing.