Did this entire exercise in September and this in my 2 cents worth and for Pennsylvania. Please note this is in no order, so my apologies.
Had to rent a car until we had learners and drivers tests, cannot buy without.
Car Insurance very expensive as they count your driving experience from date of Pennsylvania license.
Travel insurance (must have) valid for 32 days only. Got here and went on Government insurance, managed to secure for. It ran out the same month as our company insurance kicked in.
Rented a fully furnished house and we have been purchasing household items on sale like there is no tomorrow.
First big purchase was to replace our Simmons be (Queen around 1000 and double 600)
Macy's stock duvet inners, covers is a different story. Ended up getting quilt and lovely winter blankets.
Electric blankets also first on the list - snow - Pennsylvania
We sold our entire household content. Shipped 6 containers from Cape Town by plane, R18k. We kept photo's and the most precious memos.
Laptop, phones etc in crates and nothing went missing.
We ended up having to buy new phones anyway as Vodacom promised they were good to go, the were however locked when we got here and therefor had to buy new phones.
Great deal with AT&T. 40 usd per month, unlimited calls, text and 6 gig.
Electronics we brought laptops and phone. Adapter now giving in, so really not worth it. Hubby bought new laptop.
As we secured house from SA I was able to contact school district and they did everything from school bus to class. we arrived, Wednes, school orientation Thurs and he started Friday.
Niche.com is a great tool and quite accurate.
When you arrive, give a few days and go to social security office, ours took 3 weeks to arrive and can do pretty much nothing without.
Green Card arrived at around 6 weeks
Got life insurance set up within 2 months.
The main concern is getting credit score, if you are looking at buying as soon as possible.
We started with Bank of America, 3 months later Capital One contacted us for actual credit cards and it looks like we may have a credit score. Waiting for bond originator as we speak to advise if we have one.
This is how we did it, lotto winners, middle class, only proceeds from the sale of our house to pull us through.
Best of luck and please ask. This forum is super fantastic and ready with answers. I remember waking up and the first thing I did was to open Sausa to see what responses I got and that gave me some ammo to take on the next phase.