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Since moving in a couple weeks ago, a lot has happened. It has been really overwhelming trying to get the house in order. Between cleaning, getting organized, running errands, and buying furniture, I have been so busy.
To help keep me centered, I have been exercising as much as I can. When we first moved in, we didn’t have a gym membership, so I would jog around my neighborhood. After about a week, I joined a Planet Fitness. I joined with the black card which is $22 a month. This gives you access to the massage, tanning, and some other perks. After the first day, I really didn’t feel like I would use the other benefits of the black card. I really just use the treadmill and the weights. So I downgraded my plan and I just have the regular $10 a month plan now.
I also love doing yoga so I joined a yoga studio in my area. I went to a couple different studios before deciding on one to join. So now I also try to go to power yoga a couple days a week.
Even when moving, I find that it is helpful to join exercise studios as soon as possible. It is great to get to know the lay of the land in your area and meet some people who share the same interests as you. It is also awesome to get out of the house and work out some extra moving stress. This also helps me start to feel settled in my new place.
To get a new license, you need to get to the DMV first thing in the morning.
You will have to bring:
-your birth certificate
-bills and/or bank statements from your new address
-car insurance with new address
-previous state’s license.
I was able to get everything taken care of in the morning. Again, don’t forget to bring your check book. For the new license, I had to pay $35.
To confirm what you need and how much you will need to pay, check your state’s DMV website.
First, you need to get your new license at the DMV. Then, you need to make sure that your car insurance has the correct address on it-you will need this to register your car in a different state. You will need to bring your title, if you have a loan or a lease, you will need to mail in to get the title from the leinholder. Finally, bring a check book. You will need to write a check for your car registration. For two years, I had to pay about $250. This will depend on the state you live in.
Don’t forget that once your car is registered in a new state, you will have about 10 days to get your car inspected in the state. I called around and got mine inspected for $68 at PepBoys. They even put my new license plate on my car.
So in total, I paid about $318 to register my car in my new state.
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One of the big projects that my husband and I have taken on so far is putting in our mailbox. This is challenging because it is still winter and we have no landscaping yet on our yard. We bought the post, the mailbox, the concrete, and the numbers.
My husband used his tools to dig a hole, pour the concrete, and put in the post. We supported it while it was drying with large rocks. Finally, I put the numbers on the mailbox and he screwed the mailbox in on top of the post. It sounds like a small project, but it is such a relief to be getting mail again finally and not have to visit the post office and fill out mail holding paperwork.
And the next day, we got our first piece of mail-woo hoo!
So the initial move-in process is very overwhelming and there are constantly new pieces of information being thrown at you. I found it is easiest to buy a few binders, paper protectors, and dividers for organizing all of the information. These are some of the things I keep in the binder:
-Closing information for our house
-HOA information from our neighborhood
-Tips from the builder
-All of the company/brand information that we have on our house (ex. Marble, cultured marble, garage doors, toilets, etc.)
-Any appliance information and receipts that my husband and I paid for
-Moving company information and checklists of numbers and missing boxes
-Bank information for our mortgage
Here is a list of all of the places that you need to change your address:
-Driver’s License (DMV)
-Tags and Titles for the car(s)
-Online shipping address for websites like Amazon, etc.
-You might even want to send a friendly email or letter to friends and family to let them know about your address change