A Checklist for Setting Roots in A New City
Have you just recently moved to a city and you want to put down roots to feel at home, even if you’re only there temporarily? Here are some steps I take each time I move to a new home.
Feel free to download the Google Doc version of this so you can copy, edit, and print your own personal list.
Before Moving and Settling In
[ ] Secure housing. Don’t forget to check Facebook groups as well and ask friends for suggestions.
[ ] Find a new job or client.
[ ] Give a two-week’s notice to your employer.
[ ] Submit Form 8822, Address Change Request, with the IRS.
[ ] Contact your current insurance providers to discuss the best method of transferring your insurance policies to your new state.
[ ] Meet with a financial representative at your bank to discuss the best method of transferring your finances to your new state.
[ ] Change your address. It only takes a few minutes with a credit card.
[ ] Trash, sell, or donate excessive belongings. If you’ve always wanted to be a Minimalist now is the time to start.
[ ] Register your car if you have one.
[ ] Transfer your driver’s license.
[ ] Get a local transportation card and load it with a week or month’s-worth of money.
[ ] Set your new work and home address in Google and in your map apps.
Feeling At Home
[ ] Put extra bags and boxes away in storage after unpacking. Clear all pathways and clean your new room.
[ ] Make a little sanctuary nook in your bedroom with photos, candles (if allowed), letters, and souvenirs. Anything that’s precious to you, place it here carefully in a safe space.
[ ] Make a nice, comforting meal for yourself. Maybe you can even make enough to share with new housemates and friends.
[ ] Join a Gym- Check Groupon for local deals and see if there are any special gym deals where you’re located (some gyms have the first month free…)
[ ] Switch health insurance if needed.
[ ] Schedule an appointment with a new Primary Care Practitioner. Also schedule an appointment with a dentist and eye doctor if needed.
[ ] Go to the grocery store and purchase healthy foods. Then put it away in your new fridge and pantry space.
[ ] Host a Housewarming Party/Potluck.
[ ] Attend a local niche networking event in your professional industry. See what's happening on Meetup.com and sign up for a few events to attend. Be sure to schedule it on your calendar!
[ ] Introduce yourself to your new neighbors. If you want to go the extra mile, bake something and offer it as a kind gesture.
[ ] Volunteer at a local non-profit, especially close to the holidays. Just Google ‘your city’ with ‘volunteer opportunities’ and see what comes up.
[ ] Email old friends with an update on your move and schedule times to catch up.
[ ] Find a place of personal spiritual practice. Try these out if you’re not sure or join an interfaith community.
Do you have other suggestions for what to do in a new place? Comment below and we'll add it in!