By Todd Bialaszewski
Whether you’re headed to Bellevue (welcome!) or leaving our fair city (don’t forget to write!), long distance moves are a challenge, at best (and a nightmare, at worst).
Because we’re optimistic, and our Bellevue movers have done this before, we’re going to assume the physical relocation from point A to point B goes fine. (Fingers crossed.) But your work’s not done. You still have to adjust to a new city.
Even if this is an eagerly anticipated, longed for, dreamed about, wish-upon-a-star kind of move, you have to deal with changes, reorganization and lack of knowledge. If you weren’t crazy about the transition, add in some stress and uncertainty, just to cover all bases.
To help you start putting down roots, here are some steps to take once you’ve located your towels and unwrapped your favorite coffee mug.
- This is time sensitive: update your driver’s license and vehicle registration through the Washington State Department of Licensing. If you’re staying within Washington, do this online or go to a vehicle licensing office. You’ve only got 10 days to change the address on your license, so get cracking.
If you’re from out of state, you have 30 days to register your car and get a Washington license. And here’s the bad news: you have to go to different offices to get these done.
If you’re leaving Washington, check the website for or call your new local department of motor vehicles.
- Register to vote. In Washington, you can quickly register online through the Secretary of State’s website on the Elections and Voting (You’ll need that new driver’s license or state ID you just got).
If you’re not in Washington anymore, the website for the United States Election Assistance Commission provides registration information for each state. Look under the Resources for Voters tab on the homepage.
- Learn about your new city. Start getting the local newspaper. Too old school? A lot of papers have websites – BellevueBusinessJournal.com for instance.
- Learn more about your new city. With a computer handy, the city is at your fingertips. For instance take a browse of the area in Google Maps.
- Go to the local source(s) of your passion. What did you leave behind you miss? A favorite gym? The music scene? Theater district? Sports team? Public library?
Chances are, your new city has something similar (maybe even…dare we say it…better). You want to be happy in your new digs, so find local places to explore your interest.
Once again, the Internet has a wealth of information. Type in your city and interest, and be prepared to be amazed (and possibly overwhelmed).
- Stay connected…from a distance. It takes a lot of people time to settle in after a long distance move, so don’t be afraid to keep in touch with friends and family from your former city. It reduces some of the loneliness and anxiety that comes with a big transition.
Just don’t rely solely on them. You still have to make the effort to get to know your new town. But there’s nothing wrong with a little hand holding while you’re taking those first steps.
Todd writes for Puget Sound Moving, Inc – a Bellevue moving company that provides local and long distance, commercial and residential moving services to the Puget Sound area.