With a new year comes a time for a fresh start and sometimes that means making the ultimate change: moving to a new city. Maybe you need to relocate for a job promotion or maybe you just want a different view. Whatever your reason, it can be an overwhelming process if not prepared. Fortunately, we’ve got you covered. Take a look at our eight steps to help make your move stress-free.
When settling for the right home, location means everything. You will be spending most of your time there so it would be wise to do research on the place to ensure you are comfortable. Once you think you’ve found which city you are moving to, immediately start investigating as much you possibly can. What grocery stores are nearby? Is it close to work? How safe is the neighborhood? Go above and beyond by answering every possible scenario to make certain that you truly feel like you are at home.
After you have researched online, go visit the home in person to get a better feel for the place. Online can tell you only so much, but when you visit the location and get a first-hand look, you might notice things that you were not made aware of before. When visiting, try to think of how you can apply your daily life to the location. Feel free to envision what your daily schedule would look like. Along with looking at your home/neighborhood, visit stores around your neighborhood as if you already lived there. Pretend you are a local and try to get used to the area so that if you do decide to make the move, you are more than ready.
If you are not moving because of job relocation, you will still need to find a job in the area. Take the time to see if there is a position at a local company you can fill before moving. Even better, fill the position before moving so you know you will be financially stable.
Take a step back and reflect on your experience from visiting the location. If anything feels off or if you have doubts, don’t make the move. Moving into a new home and city is a major investment that is not easy to back out of once you’ve made the commitment. Regardless of what your reasoning may be for moving to a new place, be cautious so you know you have made the right decision. Talk to your loved ones, your realtor, anybody that will give you solid advice on the matter. If you are absolutely sure this is where you want to go, then move on to the next step.
This step is especially important if you move to a location that has a higher cost of living. You need to make sure you can handle the move even once you are settled in. Create a spreadsheet of all your monthly expenses to see if your income can cover the costs. Also consider taking the time to add in enough “cushion” money for the just-in-case moments.
Once you have all the previous steps completed, it’s time to really get the ball rolling. If you can, allow for plenty of time to get your things in order before moving out. That way when moving day comes, you won’t have to stress about anything. Start with collecting as many moving boxes as you can, then place your items in each box by either category or room. Schedule time to find movers to help you or just ask your loved ones. Even after you have your things unpacked and moved in, you should give yourself time to adjust to the new space. A new area, location, and home is a lot to take in. Don’t feel bad for not jumping right in just yet.
When you feel settled into your home, consider getting involved in events around your neighborhood or community. This is one of the best ways to meet people, which is incredibly beneficial for the change you are going through. You should have already discovered any clubs, groups, or classes offered around the area when doing your research previously. Now is the time to take advantage of them!
It’s common to feel flustered or overwhelmed when you first move into your new place. Don’t feel bad if it takes time to adjust. Instead, remain positive throughout the experience and know that change can be a great thing. Moving to a new city brings in a ton of opportunities you may not have had before. So make the most of everything, be positive, and remember that your loved ones are still there for you.