We all know that shifting is tough task – and it become even tougher when you have to shift to a new city. While most people think that the shifting is the toughest part, in reality, it’s the settling in that takes a toll on you. There is a laundry list of things to remember when you shift into a new city and almost all of them are essential for your stay there. From a change of address on your ID’s to a new gas connection, there are just way too many things for you to think of. Luckily, we have compiled a list of what you should be doing as soon as you’re settled in.
Get the appliances up and working
You might not consider this an important step, and if you don’t, don’t tell us we didn’t warn you. Before anything else, you have to make sure that your appliances are working. The essentials – lights, fans, stove, and refrigerator – should be the first things into the house. Without them, you will end up walking around in the dark, sleeping in the heat, eating takeaway food every day, or watching food go bad quickly. When you have everything working, you can move on to the other appliances such as a washing machine, microwave, TV, computer, and others.
Explore the area
If the city you have just moved to is new to you, you might want to take some time to get to know it before heading out to work, college, or school. Knowing the area you live in is extremely important because it can help you find it easily in case you lose your way. Learning the street names, local stores, and even the nearest landmark to your home can help you whenever you need it. With technology at our fingertips at all times, it could be beneficial to use maps to find your way around at first rather than trusting your memory.
Here is when things can get a little difficult for you in a new city. Every city has its own transportation schedule which can cause a bit of confusion for newcomers. If you rely on public transportation, study the routes and find the best way for you to make it to your destination. If you have your own vehicle or wish to get one, look for the most reliable dealerships around you to get a good deal. It would seem far wiser to buy used cars when moving to a new city as it would cost a lot less and could give you time to replenish the money spent on shifting.
Always try before you buy
Sticking to the transportation theme, test driving a used car is just as important as test driving a new one. This will give you all the information you need before making the decision of buying the vehicle. When a seller is offering up a used car, he/she should be willing to give you a test drive and if they do refuse, you can immediately consider that there is something wrong with the car. If, and when, you do get a test drive, be sure to take the car through a number of different situations like crowded city streets, smooth highways, dirty mud roads, and even through water - something you can actually find if you're looking for second-hand cars in Bangalore.
More often than not, people who choose to move to a new city have one so for work purposes. They either already have a job waiting for them or just have to complete some final formalities with the organization. But, if you find yourself in the minority segment, looking for a job should be your number one priority. There are a number of websites and mobile applications that can help you with this, but if you’re looking for a certain type of job, you might want to head out and make some connections.
Manage your earnings
Finally, after settling down, finding a job, and figuring out the best routes, it all comes down to one single question – “Can I survive in this city?” Many people who shift to a new city don’t realize the cost of living and their expenses until it’s too late. For example, if you are earning a certain amount every month in one city and can survive comfortably with extra savings, it might not be the same in another city. In Kolkata, Rs 30,000 is more than enough for a single person to survive for a month, but that same amount, in Delhi, would probably be enough for rent only. That is why you should check all the pros and cons of moving to that city before you actually do.
With these simple to follow tips, your move to a new city will not only become easier, but it will also ensure that you can adjust to the city’s demands quickly and more efficiently. Whether you want to open a new bank account or invest in a new car, this guide will give you the basics you need to go about it in the right way.