How To Figure Out What City/Town Is Right For You



Barely Holding On With No Internet

Getting our Cable set up was difficult because there are only small cable companies where we live.  So, it looked like everyone in our neighborhood was using satellite or Direct TV.  We decided to use Direct TV since we had used it when we lived in Maryland in few years ago.  In about a week, we had the Direct TV worker here setting up the tv and satellite for Direct TV.  It was so hard to live without the tv for the week we didn’t have it here.  It makes us feel so much more moved in now to have the tv working in our rooms.

The real nightmare has been the internet-we still don’t have internet.  I have to use my hotspot every time I blog or have to surf the internet.  It has been so hard to not have internet this whole time.  It has been a couple weeks and we are struggling.  First, when we called the internet company to set it up, they said that it would take a couple days for them to set it up.  They said they would call us when it was set up and ready for someone to come out.  We also said that we would like to buy the router, and they were going to ship it to us.  About a week passed, and we spoke to them to arrange the set up day.

I was so excited for the set up day!  The morning of the set up day, my husband called to confirm the time with them and during this called they asked if we had the router.  We reminded them that we told the representative that we would buy the router and then we were told that it was supposed to have been shipped to us.  Unfortunately, the company failed to ship it to us.  So then, they had to cancel the set up day.

They have now set up a new day to come install our internet.  And we were told the router should be here, the day our internet gets set up…I’m not going to hold my breath.  I am so disappointed with the lack of service we have gotten from this internet company. I am really hoping that we get internet this week.  Otherwise, it will be going on a full month of using up data and being off the grid.pexels-photo-366063.jpeg


Finding Peace in the Chaos

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.


Landscaping in Spring


Since my husband and I closed on our house in the winter, we unfortunately have no yard.  And when I mean no yard, I mean mounds of dirt and mud.  There is no paved driveway or walk-up to the house.  We have nothing exciting outside our house to look at.  And furthermore, because of the mess outside, booties are my new best friend.  Each time someone comes to the house to deliver things or drop things off, I give them booties to put on their shoes.

The booties are a necessity in a new construction home.  It is awful to have people coming in all of the time and tracking the dirt and mud in.  I feel like Cinderella because there hasn’t been a moment when I haven’t stopped cleaning the floors.

I have been anxiously awaiting my window of getting a puppy, but it looks like I am going to have to wait a bit longer until I am able to have a yard with grass so that I don’t have to consistently clean the floors all day and night.

Thankfully, my mother-in-law recently bought me this amazing cleaner and spray for my floors.  This helps keep me from spending my entire day on my hands and knees cleaning the floors.  The spray helps keep the floors shiny and it helps me only have to go over them once every couple days.  This is a game-changer.  It is such a relief to not have a mess to have to clean up every day.  I highly recommend this product to anyone with hard wood floors-especially dark hard wood floors like I have.

Getting a New License

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.

-check book

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.


Register Your Car in a New State


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.pexels-photo-923022.jpeg

So in total, I paid about $318 to register my car in my  new state.

Putting in a Mailbox

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!

Organize Your Moving Information

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

Changing Your Address

Here is a list of all of the places that you need to change your address:

-Post Office

-Driver’s License (DMV)

-Car Insurance

-Tags and Titles for the car(s)

-Bank accounts

-Credit cards

-Debit cards


-Online subscriptions

-Online shipping address for websites like Amazon, etc.

-Magazine subscriptions

-You might even want to send a friendly email or letter to friends and family to let them know about your address change