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Your Guide to Laying Down Roots in a New State

The decision to move to a new state can be both overwhelming and exciting. The great news is that if you’re considering a big move or even starting your own business in a new place, you’re far from alone. The global pandemic has caused a big surge in changes in the careers and lifestyles of people all over the world. Below are a few tips to consider if moving to a new state and, specifically, if you plan to start a new business.

Become Part of the Community

Even if your business will be run online and won’t have a brick-and-mortar shop, the truth is that being affiliated with your local chamber of commerce, or Rotary Club, and having a reputation for sponsoring local events, is an ideal way to build brand loyalty at the local level. Calling ahead and letting people know you and your new business are coming to town is a great way to start your new life.

Not only will your direct involvement with the locals mean you have a place to turn for events like a grand opening or online reviews, but establishing your business and being known for a certain service or product will also lead to making new connections that could be mutually beneficial to you and other business owners. When meeting with key players, be sure to share your business plan that includes details on the structure of your operations, your mission, and your services. You’ll also want to think about funding sources and financial projections ahead of time for a better chance of success.

Identify Key Services and Costs

When moving to a new place, it’s a smart idea to identify services you’ll need ahead of time. From finding a reputable moving company to creating a list of companies like appliance repair service providers, local contractors, and HVAC professionals, you’ll be in better shape if you know who to call in case of an unwelcome surprise. Especially if you plan on doing home or home office renovations, having key contacts on hand before your move will take the stress out of your transition.

Be sure to also research the cost of living, which includes things like real estate, education, and entertainment, before your move. If you’re moving to New York, it’s important to know that the median home value is around $878,000. Obviously, the price will fluctuate based on where you look at properties.

Find New Medical Services

Moving to a new area means finding new doctors across the board for your family. This isn’t terribly difficult, but it can be tedious. Especially when you’re first getting established. Your insurance will be able to point you toward local providers who are in network, but often it can take several weeks to get an appointment.

If you need to connect with a doctor before you’re able to meet with a new GP in person, consider telehealth as a viable alternative. With platforms designed for virtual visits, you can make your next doctors appointment online, and often book a same-day visit with a board-certified physician. This ensures you can meet with a doctor to discuss any issues or prescription needs from your computer or smartphone. It’s an ideal option until you can establish regular local care.

Peace of Mind

Whether you plan to move to a new state to retire or hope to open a new business, identifying key services, engaging with your new community, and finding medical care are all great ways to have a stress-free transition.