The moving process would be so much easier if it just ended once you literally moved into your new lodgings and unpacked your belongings. However, we all know that that is just one part of the moving process. You still need to locate and choose all the local services you’re going to need in order to properly adjust to your new living situation. Here are some tips on finding services like schools, banks, post offices, restaurants, and more.
Useful Web Resources
One of the first things you’ll need to take care of immediately following a move is locating such essential public services as a post office, bank, hospital, dentist, doctor, hair stylist, school, library, and even more. Here are some very helpful online tools and resources you can use to help you plan out your new life in a new environment:
- Of course, the first stop for anyone who is stumbling blindly around in the dark while searching for virtually anything should always be google.com. It’s the number one search engine for a reason. It will bring up the websites and reviews that receive a high amount of hits and high customer ratings, which makes the process of finding useful information that much easier for you.
- Another great resource can be found at //answers.yahoo.com. This community-based and community-driven question and answer forum is always incredibly useful. You can ask any question you can think of, and there is never a shortage of well-informed people to give you intelligent responses with relevant links and articles to back up their claims, when necessary.
- A reviewer website that is quickly gaining popularity (and for good reason) is Yelp, found at: //www.yelp.com/. On this site, businesses are strictly forbidden from paying anyone to post positive reviews and/or pay to remove negative reviews. This ensures that the reviews are of high quality and are truly honest.
- Need to find a good school? Be sure to use the National Assessment of Educational Progress’s website to compare local schools based on report cards, test scores, and reviews.
- Even if you have a stable job that lets you bring your lunch to work every day, you’ll still want to find a place to eat out for the occasional treat or to serve as a meeting place with new friends. Restaurant.com is the ultimate hub of information regarding good grub in your neighborhood.
- Don’t forget to find a good salon, library, and newspaper service!
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Also, be sure to ask around in both your current social circles as well as anyone you know who may have lived in your new location at some point in time (or even if you happen to know anyone who lives there now!). Nothing beats an honest word of mouth recommendation, especially when it comes from a source that you know may be more reliable than the Internet.
Furthermore, once you settle into your new place, asking neighbors for information regarding such services will be a great way to break the ice and introduce yourself.