11 Basic Resources to Help You When Moving

11 Basic Resources to Help You When Moving

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11 Basic Resources to Help You When Moving

Moving to a new city is exciting; you have new opportunities, new people to meet, and tons of enthusiasm.  If you’ve been relocated for work or have employment worked out already, it’ll still take time to adjust to this new life and lifestyle.  Let’s start by focusing on 11 basic resources to help you when moving.

In today’s world you can explore your new home virtually before you even get there. There are websites dedicated to neighbourhoods, apps built to introduce you to potential new friends, and many other helpful tools.  And there are many non-tech resources for learning about your new environment the old fashioned way, too.

One of the hardest parts of moving to a new city is not having friends or family by your side. Below are a few basic tips and resources to help you in this new moving adventure.


1. Here are a couple easy ways to meet people in your new city:


Meetup is a key item in your new city toolkit. It helps you find groups and people that meet up near you that have similar interests.  Join a group that plans regular kayaking or nature walking trips in and around your city.  Maybe you are interested in computer technology, investing or even gardening there is probably a group for that.  It’s the ideal way to make new friends.


Volunteer Locally

What are you passionate about? Regardless of the topic or issue mostly likely there is an opportunity to volunteer for it.  Maybe it’s your local animal shelter, little league baseball team or church, contact them and see what they need help with.  It’s a great chance to meet people, as well as filling your schedule with activities meaningful to you.

Park with mountains in the distance.
Park with mountains in the distance.


Visit Local Parks

One simple way to meet people is to visit local parks with your family.  If you have a dog you already know that often taking your dog for a walk causes you to talk to others who are walking their dogs too. Lots of new friendships have started this way.  Plus it’s always great to do on a beautiful day.


2. Resources for Getting Around:

Google Maps

This is definitely a go-to for directions, but it’s also a useful app for finding restaurants, shops, coffee spots, and more.


Your city’s transit website will be your guide to getting around, with routes, schedules and fares.  A simple solution if you don’t have another method of transportation.


3. Getting to Know Your Neighborhood:

Focusing on your neighborhood is a first small step in getting to know your new city.

People at a farmers market.
People at a farmers market.

Neighborhood Farmer’s Market

Simply talking to the vendors will show you what you can expect–in terms of food, climate, weather, entertainment, etc.  So it’s another great place to start with in your first year in a new neighborhoood. Plus, it’s an ideal place to get some delicious, food too.

Local Blog’s

Your local neighborhood, town or city blog or website will help to get you updated on the local politics and news.


Let’s you know how walkable your neighborhood is.  It has become the location to find places in your neighborhood for almost anything within walking distance. Suggestions for commuting helps you decide between biking, walking, taking public transit or driving.


4.  Making Professional Connections:


There are often neighbourhood groups you can join or volunteer with.  The local service clubs, like the Rotary club are always looking for new members, do great work in the community and are perfect places to start new friendships and network connections.  Do you like to golf?  Join a men’s or women’s weekly league. Do your children like sports? Then make sure to get them registered to play, be available to volunteer or get involved. Joining a gym is another way to meet liked minded people, it can also contribute to a healthy lifestyle.


Most likely you are already utilizing LinkedIn, so why not take a moment to post a short professional message of, “I’m relocating to ___, are there any business connections in the ___ industry there?”  This can begin the process of building beneficial connections in your new city.

Local Business Group

Local business networking groups can be a helpful place to find others working in your specific industry. Attend their events, many local professionals attend as well.  A helpful opportunity to get to know others in your community.


Now for the useful moving checklists:

The Moving Checklist:

Another basic resource to help you when moving are checklists.  Here are some practical tips to help make your move organized and trouble-free.

4 to 6 Weeks Before Moving:

  • Arrange for your mail to be forwarded to your new address with your local postal office.
  • Get boxes, wardrobe boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap and other moving supplies.
  • Begin packing items not in current use, set aside in an easily accessible area.

2 to 4 Weeks Before Moving:

  • Give way, sell or dispose of unwanted items.
  • Complete important change of address forms: Drivers’ license, Health cards, Insurance, Subscriptions, Bank accounts, Credit cards, and Tax office.
  • Make reservations and travel arrangements if needed.
  • Get copies of medical and dental records and veterinary records if you have pets.

8 to 14 days Before Moving:

  • Arrange for the connection of utilities at your new residence.
  • Confirm disconnection of utilities at former address.
  • Dispose of all household chemicals and flammable materials at the local toxic waste centre.
Basic Resources to Help You When Moving.
A checklist is a useful moving resource.

2 to 7 days Before Moving:

  • Pack a suitcase with clothes and toiletries you’ll need the for the first day in your new home.
  • Pack a box with important items you’ll need for the first few days.
  • Defrost and clean freezer, refrigerator and stove.
  • Set out manuals for any appliances you’re leaving behind in an easy to find location.
  • Clean the house or apartment that you are leaving.
  • If using a moving company, confirm the new address and delivery time with the driver.

The day Before Moving:

  • Pack your personal belongings, except your necessary clothes, jewellery and bedding.
  • Set aside all you’ll need for moving day night (toiletries and bed linens).  These items should be loaded in the moving truck last so they are the first to be unloaded.
  • Set aside what you’ll need for the morning after the moving day – such as a coffee maker, and other cooking equipment, and utensils you’ll need.
  • Set aside keys in a safe place, make sure they are clearly labeled.
  • Disconnect electronics you are moving. Keep cables, and other hardware organized in a labelled freezer bag so that you can reconnect everything easily.
  • Know how to reach your new landlord if you are renting a new place.
  • Your former landlord will want to do a walk through inspection with you if you’ve been renting.

Moving Day:

  • Have a great breakfast – you will need it for the day ahead.
  • Keep important paperwork accessible.
  • Disassemble beds, pack bedding along with any towels left in a clearly labelled box,
  • Leave any keys for the new tenant or owner in an easily accessible place.
  • Make sure all final cleaning touch ups are complete and garbage is disposed of.
  • Do a final check of closets, cabinets, the basement, garage, etc.
  • Discuss the inventory checklist with the moving supervisor.


After Moving:

Contact city offices to find out about local regulations and information.

You are now in your new home.  Take a breath, and do things one step at a time.  Unpack the essential things for daily life and tackle important rooms first like your bedroom, dining area and living room.  In time all other household items will get unpacked as well.  Try and take breaks as time permits.  Make time weekly to check out a new park, coffee shop, library or restaurant.  Soon you will begin to feel settled and at home in this new home and city.


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