Moving can be tough. This is especially true when you’re relocating to a new city. Long distance moves can feel overwhelming, especially when you aren’t familiar with your new location. However, with a little planning, you can reduce the stress that sometimes comes with moving to a new city.
Do A Little Research
Before settling in a neighborhood, a quick Google search can go a long way. Type in phrases such as “best neighborhoods in [city name]” to see what pops up. Many writers blog about these types of subjects. It’s important to find areas that match to your specifications, whether you’re looking for a walkable urban environment or a planned community.
Additionally, be sure to check out these neighborhoods. Sites such as Area Vibes can help you get a better grasp on what to expect. Facts such as cost of living, demographics, and crime can help you make a better decision.
When moving to a new city, it’s important to ingrain yourself in your new community. Volunteering is a great way to do that. Not only does it allow you to give back, it creates an opportunity to meet people and learn more about your new digs.
Additionally, we recommend checking out local events. Parades, festivals, live music, and exercise opportunities are great ways to meet people. The website Meet Up is a good way to find others who share your interests.
Moving is essentially a clean slate…which means you have to start from scratch. Make a list of all the things you need to update after you finalize your move. These can include:
- Utilities (trash, water, recycling, electricity, gas, cable/Internet, phones)
- New doctors and dentists
- Family services (schools, daycare, etc)
- Nearby stores (grocery, pharmacy, hardware, etc.)
- Vehicle registration and maintenance
- Pet arrangements (groomers, veterinarians, dog parks, etc.)
Make A Budget
Moving sometimes includes an increased cost of living. For instance, some states have state income tax in addition to sales and property taxes. Some cities may require residents to pay for recycling fees or have additional insurance requirements. Be sure to read the “fine print” to determine how much you’ll actually be spending before committing to a new neighborhood.
Whether you’re moving across town or across the state, Brothers is able to provide complimentary quotes on all moving, packing, and storage services. Get your estimate today!