Posted by Ben Wills in Home Buying

A new world of opportunity is ready for you to explore if you’ve recently moved long-distance!

From changing jobs to moving into a new neighborhood to discovering local gems, you’re going to have your work cut out for you. It’s understandable to feel overwhelmed.

We’ve helped thousands of homeowners who have relocated. These tips for moving to a new state are designed to keep your stress levels low and your excitement high!

Family Biking on Trail

What to Do When Moving to a New State

Joey Sasson of Moving APT has 30+ years of experience helping customers move across America. Here’s his top advice from for moving to a new state to make sure your bases are covered and you’re navigating the process in a healthy way.

Get to Know Your Neighbors

“This can be as simple as saying hello when you see them outside or inviting them over for coffee or a drink,” Sasson begins. “Knowing the people who live near you can help you feel more connected to your new community.”

Friends Having Coffee and Pastries Together

Why not invite your new neighbors over to your house? A housewarming party is a natural and convenient way to get acquainted.

A block party takes a bit more planning, but can be an even deeper way to get to know those around you if you all pitch in to make it a grand event.

“Of course, keep your relationships with your old friends and family alive, too, but don't be afraid to branch out and make some new friends in your new town,” Sasson encourages.

Explore Your New Surroundings

“Walk or bike around the neighborhood, check out local parks and businesses, and find out what events and activities are happening in the area. The more you familiarize yourself with your new surroundings, the more you feel at home,” shares Sasson.

Friends Hiking Together

It might feel a little daunting at first, but there are plenty of things-to-do resources to help you plant roots in your new location.

Put everyday necessities at the top of your list. “Find out where the local grocery stores, coffee shops, and restaurants are located,” Sasson continues.

Friends Having Dinner Together

Get Involved in the Community

This is arguably the most fun and rewarding part!

Sasson advises, “One of the best ways to feel at home in your new town is to get involved in the community. Volunteer for local organizations, attend community events, and join clubs or groups that interest you.”

What better way to find new things to love about your new city than recommendations from a fellow local you can trust?

“This is a great way to meet new people and make friends. It's also a great way to learn more about your new town and what it has to offer,” Sasson goes on.

Men Shaking Hands on Tennis Court

Get Your Medical Affairs in Order

Although perhaps less of a glamorous step, don’t miss this task. “This is an important one, especially if you're moving to a new state alone,” Sasson urges.

“You must collect all your medical records and documentation with your family dentist and physician, as this will help your registration with a new medical care provider in the new city you are relocating to.”

Thankfully, most modern doctors make this easy to do virtually. Reach out to your medical professionals and start this process sooner rather than later.

Doctor Having Virtual Consultation

Manage Your Budget

Sasson concludes with another vital checklist item: “This is a big one. A lot of people moving to a new town are not prepared for the extra costs that come with it—whether it's higher prices, cost of living, or gas prices.”

Couple Planning Budget on Laptop

“Be sure to research the cost of living in your new town and plan your budget accordingly,” Sasson closes.

Bonus Tip: Support Your Family During the Transition

Just as you are getting your bearings and learning the new normal, each member of your family is processing the move in his or her own way as well. Extending plenty of patience, love, and support is going to be key to getting everyone to adapt comfortably.

Commit to helping your family one step at a time, and you’ll be amazed how this united front can really help smooth out any wrinkles in the adjustment.

Couple With Baby Outside

The playwright Tennessee Williams once said, “Life is partly what we make it and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.”

Before you know it, you’ll have a close, supportive circle of new friends to celebrate all of life’s special moments with. Take advantage of all your new hometown has to offer!

Friends Toasting Champagne for Holidays

Get even more relocating advice for things to do after moving to a new state from one of our very own homeowners.


Ben Wills
Ben Wills


​Ben Wills is the Mortgage Branch Training Officer for M/I Financial, LLC. Ben has been in the mortgage field for over 40 years and has assisted thousands of homeowners in financing new home construction.

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