New to the Twin Cities? Helpful Tips to Hit the Ground Running

April 04, 2016

Getting-Established-Quickly-MN.jpgMoving into a new home is a tall order under the best of circumstances. If you're moving to the Twin Cities from another location or you have a short time frame, it can feel like an insurmountable task.

The good news is that a little preparation goes a long way toward minimizing the stress factor. Take a deep breath and read some of our favorite tips from people who have been in your shoes.

Before the Move

  • Designate a box for essentials like toilet paper, a coffee pot and towels so they are easily accessible during move-in.
  • Will you be using a moving company or doing the move yourself? Make your decision as soon as possible so you have the maximum amount of time to make arrangements.
  • Get online and find out as much as you can about the Twin Cities, including shopping, services, entertainment and cultural activities. Check out review sites like Yelp and Angie's List to get some first-person opinions. Our Springs Twin Cities blog is a great resource for information about the area and our communities.
  • Leverage social media by putting out the word on Facebook, Twitter and other platforms asking for tips and suggestions about your new city.
  • Submit a forwarding notice with your current post office and change your address for credit card companies, magazine subscriptions and other services so there is no interruption.

After the Move

  • Settle in at your own pace. Everything didn't get packed in one day, so don't feel obligated to unpack in that space of time.
  • Head over to Driver and Vehicle Services to update your driver's license and register your vehicle. Voter registration can be completed online.
  • Stay connected to the area's hottest topics and events with resources like Twin Cities Living and Minnesota Monthly's e-newsletters.
  • Get out and immerse yourself in the Twin Cities' social activities. Pioneer Press maintains an extensive calendar of events listed by categories such as music, performing arts and sports. Also check local publications including the Savage Pacer and Sun Thisweek Apple Valley.
  • The official websites of Savage and Apple Valley contain a wealth of useful information about schools, public transportation and other local services.
  • It can be difficult meeting people in a new city. Meetup offers a number of social groups based on particular interests, which provide a common ground to start building friendships.

The management teams in our Springs Twin Cities communities want you to feel right at home. We hold several social events throughout the year where our residents can meet and mingle. Stop by the office to say hi and find out what's happening now!

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