It’s hard to beat New Jersey for your future home. With just the right mix of urban and suburban, above-average schools, and plenty of activities for all ages, it’s easy to see why families, small business owners, and retirees alike are drawn to the state. Of course, you’ll need to take care of some logistics to get acquainted with your new state. To help, the Borough of Victory Gardens presents this list of resources that includes everything you’ll need as a new resident.
Changing Your Address
When moving, one of the first items on the must-do checklist is changing your address, which is more than just updating to your new street name and zip code. You’ll need to also get a new driver’s license or state-issued ID card, as well as a new bank account, for starters — all of which necessitates knowing the details of your new digs.
- Update your address with USPS
- Learn who to notify of your new address
Setting up Utilities
You’ll want to call your new local utility companies (or go online) a few days before moving day, or even sooner if essential services can’t be turned on for some time. The last thing you want is to be in your new home with no heat, electricity or internet service.
- Start electric and gas service
- See your internet service options
Preparing to Drive
If you’re not going to take public transit to work, you’ll want to be prepped for the driving scene. Take these preemptive steps to make the process quicker:
- Locate the nearest DMV branch
- Learn New Jersey’s auto insurance requirements
- Find a local mechanic
Maintaining Your Home
There are a few things you’ll want to complete when first moving into your new home as it pertains to maintenance. Among the most urgent items is the most practical timing-wise: Before unpacking, when the house is still empty, do a walkthrough. Make sure that any repairs requested at the time of sale have been done, and check that everything is in working order, such as light switches and outlets.
- Handyman services
- Find local lawn care services
Moving (or Starting) Your Business
Planning a move and either starting a new business or moving it as well presents an especially challenging time. To set yourself up for success and reduce the stress, check out these four points to help with the dual transition as long before the actual move as possible.
- Learn about New Jersey business registration
- Update your business information online
- Use a banner maker to announce your move on your website
Settling in with Kids and Pets
If you have kids and/or pets, making the move as smooth a transition as possible is crucial to their — and your — mental well-being. Take care to follow these steps to make the acclimation period as painless as possible.
- Enroll in school
- Local veterinarians
Moving to a new state is always nerve-wracking, but New Jersey makes it easy for newcomers to feel at home. Whether you’re new to the state or a life-long resident, you’ll love living in this welcoming community.