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Moving can be a drag, but the good news is that you’re moving to one of the greatest countries in the world! There is so much to see, do, and explore in the States, and you’re guaranteed to have a great time. Before the fun stuff, though, you need to set up a few things.

 

Here, the Aaron Weber Group shares 10 US moving essentials.

 

Before

 

  1. Start job hunting before arrival: Start building your networks well in advance so you have a position ready for when you move in.
  2. Make a timeline: Organize things and plan out the steps ahead of you. For example, six months before the move - find a job, or two months before - figure out your accommodation, and so on.
  3. Make use of resources: Check out the resources offered by US immigration services!
  4. Pack early: Airline baggage restrictions can be pretty severe, so you’ll need to taper down your belongings. Check out this list by MoveHub for some inspiration!

 

 

During

 

Sort out your visa: Keep your US visa, valid passport, and travel documents ready so you’re good to make it through the plane journey.

Find the perfect home: It may be worthwhile to explore home options through a trusted realtor like the Aaron Weber Group, as they will offer you qualified advice on the right neighborhood, price point, and more.

Socialize and take the culture in: It can be easy to get caught up in the practicalities but make an effort to meet locals, learn about the culture and explore the sights around you to make the most of your experience.

 

After

 

Set up an SSN: Once you’re in the US, you will need a Social Security number for tax, employment, and bank account purposes. Getting an appointment can take a while, so don’t leave this one till the end.

Budget: You will likely want to send care packages back home or even money. While transferring money to family back in Nigeria, for example, is easy using financial services like Remitly, you will need to learn to budget, so you have enough to save and tide you over each month.

Use tech to make your life easier: Waze, LinkedIn, MeetUp, Instagram, your banking application… Having the right tech apps really does make the process easier.

 

There you have it - ten things you need to set up before the big move. All the best in your moving adventures, you’ve got this!