One of the biggest sources of anxiety when you relocate to a new area is becoming familiar with local surroundings. Where is the post office, best grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, schools, churches, doctors, attorneys — it can be overwhelming. Your moving service did a fabulous job of getting your belongings packed, moved and unpacked, it is now up to you to get acclimated to your new surroundings.
Here are some tips to help you get more comfortable in your new home.
- Yelp and Trip Advisor can be invaluable resources in finding restaurants. Read the ratings, check out menus, payment options, ambiance, eat-in or take out options, specials, parking and location.
- For those who worship, check out different churches in the area. Get plugged in to a small group who engage in weekly Bible studies and social outings. Attend services and get to know those who sit next to you each week.
- Make it a point to regularly drive to an area you have not yet explored. Try driving around without GPS — the best way to learn the roads is to get lost and rely on landmarks to get you back on the right path.
- Don’t be afraid to chat with the locals. Ask local service providers for recommendations fellow service providers. If you find a plumber, ask them to recommend an electrician.
- Finding a great local handyman can be invaluable. In addition to providing you services around your home, they can most likely recommend other home improvement services or vendors.
I can’t emphasize enough just how valuable local Facebook pages can be to newcomers. Ask to join local community groups, yard sales groups, church groups. Members of these pages are quick to offer their comments and recommendations — both good and bad. From daycare to veterinarians to ob/gyns and dentists — you ask and you will receive across the board comments. Once you gather information, go one step further and research the recommended providers and come to your own conclusions.
One of the most important items on your ‘get comfortable’ list should be the selection of a local attorney to handle your estate planning needs. You may have previously created a trust or will but if you have moved out of state, you will need to have an attorney licensed in your new state of residence take a look at your documents to ensure the legality and wording of each item.
Perhaps the attorney responsible for creating your trust or will can recommend someone in your new state. Again, check references and set up a consultation to be sure you are comfortable with selecting this estate planner to handle your documents. An estate planning lawyer Sacramento CA residents recommend can help you with any questions.
Moving to a new state doesn’t have to be a daunting experience. Think of it as an adventure — a new chapter in your life. Explore the area, try new restaurants, visit local establishments. Perhaps the area is home to several wineries or breweries — a great place to meet friendly faces with similar interests! Attend concerts, museums, follow local sports teams, all of these will help indoctrinate you into the new area. The more you embed yourself in the local culture, the faster it will feel like home.
Thanks to our friends and contributors from Yee Law Group for their insight into Estate Planning.