Feel At Home Faster After You MoveWritten by Neda Dabestani-Ryba
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File away all documents related to move. Youíll need them for verification of moving expenses at tax time. Call your waste removal company or department of sanitation for a trash collection schedule. Open a bank account and arrange for a safe deposit box, if needed. Obtain a local driverís license and transfer vehicle registration. Register to vote. Call local Board of Elections for information. Take a tour of your neighborhood to become familiar with your new surroundings. Learn routes to work, school, grocers, etc. Help Your Children Adjust Maintain family routines. Kids will appreciate continuity of family life. Involve kids. Allow them to select new furnishings or decorate their rooms. Take your children to local playground. If you move during summer, itís likely theyíll make friends there, which should ease transition to new school. Try to be home when children return from their first day at school. Kids feel reassured when a parent is there to hear about their day. Watch for signs of adjustment problems. These can manifest as trouble making friends, academic difficulties, and irritability or depression. Get Involved in Community Spend time outdoors. Neighbors may greet you and come by for sidewalk chats. Walk your dog in an area where you see other dog owners congregating. Schedule an after-work coffee or dessert hour. Invite neighbors to drop by. Choose a place to worship and get involved; consider doing volunteer work. Select professional service providers such as doctor, dentist and veterinarian. Find out if your community has a Newcomers Club. Your local library is a good place to start. Join a club or take up activities you enjoyed before move. Take a job-related class to develop new professional contacts and update skills. Don't hesitate to contact your real estate professional for more ideas or information about your new community. By re-establishing daily patterns and developing ties soon after arrival, your new environment will begin to feel like home.
Neda Dabestani-Ryba is a licensed Realtor in Maryland. She is a member of the President's Circle of Top Real Estate Professionals. She can be reached at (800) 536-3806 or visit her website for more information: http://neda.dabestani.pcragent.com/ Prudential Carruthers REALTORS is an independently owned and operated member of Prudential Real Estate Affiliates, Inc., a Prudential Financial company. Equal Housing Opportunity.
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