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6 Tips for Moving to a New City

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Moving to a new city? Whether you are someone who thrives on change or dreads it, there are bound to be some challenges. That’s why it’s best to be prepared, both physically and mentally. First and foremost, make absolutely sure this is what you want to do. Once you’ve set your mind to the task and have (hopefully!) lined up a new job or transfer, it’s time to get prepared. Read on for six tips on moving to a new city.

  1. Try Not to Buy or Rent Sight Unseen

Sometimes this can’t be avoided. In those cases, do your very best to research online and use the guidance of real estate agents or friends who live in the area. If at all possible, carve out a week or at least a weekend and spend some time in your destination city. While there, take time to check out rentals or home listings with a real estate agent. Knowing what you’re buying or renting will undoubtedly lessen the anxiety often associated with a move to a new city.

  1. Prepare, Prepare, and Prepare Some More for the Actual Move

Nothing can spoil the way you feel about your new city like a botched move. Do your due diligence on moving companies, stick to a budget, purchase plenty of moving supplies, and get packing. Whether you enlist the help of friends on your moving day or hire a professional company, make sure you’ve got as much boxed up as possible. Professional movers will often help you finish the job, but this convenience will cost you. You’ll save a lot by having everything ready to be picked up and loaded onto the truck.

  1. Become a Tourist

Once you’re there, explore! If you’re already excited about the move, this will be a no-brainer. But even if you made the move due to your or your spouse’s job relocation, force yourself to do all the touristy things available.Take the time try out museums, restaurants, and theaters recommended by friends, co-workers, or online city guides. If you were reluctant to make the move, taking the time to do this could change your entire outlook, and you might even meet some new friends along the way!

  1. Nail Down the Necessities

Before you begin making friends, figure out what you need to know about your new city. Where will you grocery shop? Do you live in a metropolitan area where you will be walking to the grocery store? If so, how will that work? If you have no car, study the public transportation system and, most importantly, figure out your way to and from work. Figure out the location for things like your local bank, dry cleaners, and even the closest movie theater.

  1. Sign Up For All The Things

If you’re looking to meet people, you have to be an active participant. Join a sport or social league. Sign up for MeetUp.com in an area that interests you. Talk to people at the grocery store. As everyone knows from the online dating scene, we are often too busy these days to let everything happen organically. We have to take charge of our lives, and that includes making friends. Ideally you’ll meet someone who has been in your new city for a while, so he or she can help you learn the ins and outs and the hidden gems in your new hometown.

  1. Saying Goodbye to Your Old Home

Leaving your current home can be tough on your emotions, but there are a few ways you can make the transition a bit easier. Make a bucket list of all the things you want to do before leaving your current city; hit up your favorite restaurants, spend a day in your favorite park, and schedule goodbye dinners with friends and family. Bring some mementos of your old home; grab a city-specific coffee cup from your local Starbucks, buy a crew neck t-shirt from The Home T (just because you’re moving doesn’t mean you can’t rep your pride for your home state), or purchase a pint glass from your favorite local brewery.

Moving can be stressful, but with some preparation and a positive attitude, it can also be one of the most exciting things you’ll ever do. Set your mind to making it the best move possible and everything will follow suit.

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