Moving to a New City?
Whether you’re flying the nest or looking to get a change of scenery, moving to a new city is an exciting venture. We’re sure you’ve seen all the ‘new city, new life’ lifestyle quotes splashed all over popular blogs or had them posted all over your social media from childhood friends in the form of a leaving present.
However, despite the initial thrills of a move, relocating somewhere entirely new can be daunting. Especially if you have no connections and have left comforting familiarities like your job, social circle, post-work hangouts, and other aspects behind.
To ensure success in your new adventure, we’ve created this article full of several pieces of advice to guarantee that your move to a new city goes smoothly.
Find a Suitable Home
Once you’ve decided which city will be your destination, start browsing local real estate websites and get a feel for what kind of properties are available for your budget. Suppose you’ve set your sights on South Carolina, and you’re searching for real estate in Charleston, Folly Beach, or other coastal areas.
You’ll be able to consider the property’s location in regards to local schools – if you’re moving with family – and amenities. We also recommend looking at the neighborhood’s crime rate or living standards to get a better picture of the area you’ll be moving to.
Click here for selection of listings of Charleston homes and real estate, plus a handy search tool.
Take a Look at Your Savings
When preparing to relocate, it’s crucial to monitor your savings and limit unnecessary spending before moving to a new city.
You’ll need to make sure that you can cover the cost of the move and sustain yourself for a few months after, especially if you haven’t yet found a new job!
Once you’ve considered how much you’ll have leftover, you’ll then have to decide on other expenses like if you should pay for a professional moving company or handle the move yourself. If you opt for the last option, you’ll also have to factor in the cost of gas and weigh up the costs of that versus using a professional moving company.
Limit the Amount of Belongings You Take
Moving to a new city is the perfect time to declutter and get rid of any unnecessary items. Some of which you may not have even realized you’ve been holding onto, such as old stuff from when you left college, bits of childhood memorabilia, etc.
Moving to a new city comes with enough costs, and you don’t want to add to them by paying for loads of your belongings to be transferred from state to state. We recommend sectioning your belongings into four categories; take, sell, donate and toss; this will allow you to be ruthless and scrap anything unneeded.
You could attempt to make yourself some interest in the meantime and make decluttering worth your while by holding a yard sale, and any items that you don’t sell you could donate to your local thrift store.
Alternatively, if you don’t like the idea of having a yard sale, you could try to sell your items on online marketplaces like Facebook and eBay.
Explore Your New City
Once you’re all settled, it’s time to go out and explore your new neighborhood. You could start by meeting your new neighbors, as they can give you recommendations on places to go or to avoid and introduce you to new people.
Plus, it may be the beginnings of a valuable friendship that will help you settle into your new community much quicker. The same applies to new work colleagues; befriending several of them will make you feel less isolated, and they’re sure to introduce you to some great new places.
Outside of work and your neighborhood, take the time to venture out into the rest of the city. Seek out local entertainment venues, bars, iconic pieces of the city’s history, local businesses, and many more. Doing so will make you feel much more comfortable and confident in your new environment and help you get to know the area better.
Stay In Contact With Family and Friends
Chances are, for the first few months after you’ve moved to a new city, you’ll be feeling lonely and isolated from the rest of your new community; you may even have regrets or feel homesick.
During this period, you must lean on family and friends from your hometown as they’ll support you while you’re feeling down. Depending on how far you’ve relocated, you could even plan a date for friends/family to come over and throw a housewarming party.
At the start, it will be hard, like all new ventures, but give it a couple of months and you’ll have a whole circle of new friends, a new job, and you’ll be in a new city – make sure you don’t forget where you came from and who you left behind!
Are you planning to relocate? W’d love to hear from you!