This past was written by Jenny Daniels:
When you move to a new city, it can be like starting all over again in many ways. If we could pick up everything we love about our current home city and bring it with us to another location, moving would be much easier.
One of the first things you’ll have to do is begin building relationships with local service providers, professionals and organizations. You may be busy looking for movers that can decrease the financial stress of moving, but now is a good time to also find other professionals and providers in your new city. Here are some tips to help you go about it efficiently!
Finding a New Pharmacy
Prescription medications are a fact of life for millions of people. Without them, health and quality of life can quickly deteriorate. That’s why finding a new pharmacy should be at the top of your moving priority list.
After asking yourself, “self, how do I find pharmacy hear me?” You’ll also want to check the hours of operation, customer reviews and experience of the staff.
Finding a New Primary Care Physician
Another medical need is that should be addressed sooner rather than later is finding a new primary care physician. People who have an HMO health insurance plan will need a recommendation from a primary care physician before they can see a specialist. Having a primary care physician can also prove to be crucial if you have an urgent need that doesn’t require an ER visit or call to 911.
Your insurance provider is a useful resource, especially if your plan requires that you see a doctor within your network.
Finding New Schools
If you have school-aged children, finding new schools should be done before the move, especially if it’s during the middle of a semester. In most cities, you’ll be limited to the public schools that are within a certain distance of your new home. However, there may also be private or charter schools to choose from.
GreatSchools.org was built to help parents find the best schools within a city, zip code or neighborhood. They base the ranking (1-10) on a school’s academic test scores, but you’ll also find reviews from real parents as well. Other useful information includes the teacher-to-student ratio, teacher experience statistics and student progress assessment.
Finding a New House of Worship
A house of worship is a true community within the community. In addition to religious services, places of worship also host social events, participate in charity work and hold public forums. They’re a place where the entire family can find enjoyable activities and build friendships.
Depending on where you’re moving, the options could be somewhat limited, which narrows the search. If you’re only interested in a particular denomination, you may need to expand your search area to include nearby cities. Once you’ve found a few options, check out their website. Pay particular attention to online sermons to find out if the church supports your values. If everything looks good, find a time to take part in a weekly service and talk to a few of the church members.
Finding a New Hair Stylist
Many people go through a number of bad experiences before finding a hair stylist they can trust. Leaving that stylist behind can be hard to do. You can stretch it out 6-8 weeks by visiting your stylist one last time before you leave, but eventually you will need to find someone else to keep your mane under control.
Start by asking your new co-workers and friends for recommendations. If that doesn’t pan out, it’s time to turn to the Internet. Yelp can give you a good idea of which salons and barbershops are the most popular among locals. From there you can begin drilling down to find a hair stylist that fits your needs. Two things to look for are pictures of their work and their specialties. Instagram is a perfect solution, since you can use hashtags to search images.
Rebuilding your network after a move can take time. It’s tedious to look for others who can replace the people you’ve come to rely on, but it’s an important part of putting down roots in a new location. Getting a head start before you move can make the transition a little easier.