When moving to a new town, one of the quickest ways to settle in is to find out where certain places are located in proximity to your new home. We know you’ll be worn out from the move itself, but knowing where things are around town will make the transition much easier. As you begin unpacking and setting up house, take a look at our list of 10 key places to locate right when you move, and why it’s so important that you know where these places are.
The Grocery Store – We get it; there’s only so much takeout food you can take before you start craving a delicious, home-cooked meal. Plus, having a few snacks around to get you through the unpacking isn’t such a bad idea.
The Post Office – If you’re using a Post Office Box to get your mail until you find a new home, you’ll need to locate it right away so you can get your bills paid on time. Or, you may need to buy some stamps or mail a birthday gift to a friend in your old town. Click here to locate the nearest Post Office.
The DMV – DMV dread is universal, but if you’re moving to a new town, you’ve got to get your vehicle registration, driver’s license, property taxes, and voter registration updated. Our tip? Get there right when it opens and have all your documents ready so you can get in and out fast. Check with your city and/or state’s official website to locate the DMV closest to you.
The Doctor’s Office – We’re talking hospital, walk-in clinic, and any other medical-related offices that you may use sooner or later (hopefully later!). This doctor finder is great for locating doctors, dentists, and hospitals near you.
The Bank – Try to locate a bank near both your home and work so you can conveniently take care of all your financial obligations.
Your Work – Do you know how long it will take to commute to your work? How about the easiest way to get there (and by easy, we mean the best way to avoid traffic)? Map it all out before your first day.
A Nearby Gas Station – You don’t want to be running on fumes when you’re on your way to your first day of work. Perhaps you can locate a few stations near your home and use the Gas Buddy website to compare the price per gallon at each one before filling up.
The Kids’ Schools – Your mornings will be less stressful once you know where the kids’ schools are, how long it takes to get there, and where to drop them off and pick them up.
The Vet – Don’t forget about Fido and Fluffy when you move. You’ll want to transfer their vaccination records, update their rabies tags (if needed), and find out if you are required to register them with city. Use the Basic Veterinarian Search here to find a vet near your home.
- A Big Box Store – It never fails—it’s almost always essential to pick up necessities you need for getting settled in. A big box store (like Walmart or Target) could be your one-stop shop for all the things you need to make your new house a home.
The sooner you locate these 10 important places when you move, the easier it’ll be to familiarize yourself with the town and get things done. Of course, we couldn’t stop with just 10 places. Here are few more that would be good to find as you explore all your new city has to offer:
- Work out facilities
- Your insurance agent’s office
- Dentist office
- Hair/nail salon
- Parks and playgrounds
- Coffee Shops
- Police Station
- Places to shop
- Hardware store
- Utilities (water, gas, electric)
- Cable/Internet provider
Can you think of any other places to locate right away?
Let us know in the comments section below. We’d love to add your place to our list!
If you’re planning a long-distance move, be sure to get a quote from U-Pack® to compare to other moving companies. In most cases, our prices are comparable to truck rental, but we take care of the driving. Get a free moving quote on our website, or call 800-413-4799 and a helpful moving specialist can help build a move to fit your budget.