There’s no place like home.
This is especially true if home was Kansas. But you are forced to move to New York. Countless people have been surveyed. And the results are in: New York is not Kansas. But that does not mean that you can’t find those little luxuries of home in the big city. Not only can you find those luxuries, it is an absolute must for your sanity.
Whether you are moving across the country or around the block, it is important to experience a sense of continuity to help you better acclimate to the new environment. That means you have to plan ahead to make sure that some services are already set up before you make the big move. You would never move into a new place without electricity powered up and in your name. Here are a few more things to consider:
Sometimes, it can take as much as two weeks to get a cable provider to come out and hook up services at your new place. A move is an excellent time to reevaluate the services for which you are currently paying, and consider the options available to you.
As you know, cable TV is more of an oligopoly. You can’t just choose the provider you want. In many cases, there is only one traditional option. But DIRECTV packages are available nationwide. That is because satellite providers are not a part of the traditional oligopoly.
That allows for greater continuity regardless of where you are moving to. And with most such content providers, you will also have the option to set up high-speed internet service. You might be able to live without TV for a few days. But at this point, no one can (or should) live without internet for a single moment.
The important thing is that you don’t wait till the last moment to think about these things. Be sure to make arrangements in advance. And be sure that your furniture will be delivered before the installer arrives. It will be a bit awkward to have the TV and internet person were standing around while you are waiting for the TV and computer to arrive.
Food for Thought
The first day in a new place is the same for everyone the would round. There is no food in the fridge or the pantry. You clean it out before the move. All the cookware is still packed, and there are only a few canned goods in the cupboard.
The first thing you do once you realize you are hungry is look for the local pizza delivery outlets. The good news is even if your computer is not up and running, there are apps for pizza delivery that will do the trick nicely.
But after you have sated your appetite for pizza, you are still going to have to go shopping. Before you move, be sure to scout the area and ask around about grocery stores. Traditional supermarkets will be harder to find in Urban areas. But there are apps that will allow you to shop online and have food delivered. Know your options before you settle in.
Resistance is not futile. You can move to a new city and never assimilate. But you also won’t be very happy. You will always be fighting change. So while it is true that there is no place like home, there is also no place like the place you have moved to. And it seems like a good idea to give it a chance to surprise and delight you with its own charms and hidden treasures.
Even for an urbanite, the rural life has its charms. The key is not turning your new place into your old place. It is about establishing enough continuity so that you can more easily make the transition. And part of making the transition is assimilating into your new environs.
A successful move requires thinking ahead. You need all of your services and infrastructure in place preferably the day before you arrive. It is hard to move with no lights. You probably should take the time to go shopping. Finally, give your new place a chance to surprise and delight. You are going to be there for a while, at least until your next move.