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 switching your 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:

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