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Monday, July 11, 2016

Tips for moving to a new city!

So whether you are moving to take up a new job or to be with someone special, here are six great tips to help you make an orderly move to a new city.
  1. Find things out before moving to a new city
Since the first month after moving to a new city is bound to be the most difficult, plan ahead to smooth things out as much as possible. Your first priority should be to find a good place to live and identify the best way of getting around. Use the Internet to find out the best neighborhoods in the area, the crime rate, shops, cost of rentals, and so on. Ideally, you should not buy property in a new city until you are sure that the move is right for you and your family.
  1. Wind up life in your old city
Now that you more or less have an idea about life in your new city, it’s time to start packing and preparing for the actual move. Arrange for the utilities to be shut off by your move-out date. Submit change of address forms at the post office. Inform your banks/credit card companies about the change of address. Get hold of all medical and dental records for you and your family. As difficult as it might be, say your goodbyes to all the people you are going to leave behind.
  1. Pack your stuff
Hiring a moving company to transport your belongings over a long distance can turn out to be very expensive. So make sure that you only take stuff that you will actually need in your new home. For instance, if you are moving to an area where the average temperature is in the 70s, you can safely leave your winter coats behind or give them away to your friends and family. And yes, don’t forget to pack a couple of separate boxes with all “essentials” to help you get through your first few days in your new home.
  1. Keep track of all the paperwork
If you’ve never used a planner in your life, now is the time to get into the habit. When you are planning a move to a new city, there are a number of things you need to keep track of such as contact information for real estate agents who will help you find your new house, quotes and bills from moving companies, and travel receipts. A moving folder or planner with separate pockets for receipts and business cards will help you keep all your moving-related information in one place and make your job much easier come tax time.
  1. Give yourself the luxury of time
It’s natural to be apprehensive about moving to a new city. Some days, you may get up in the morning and wish that you were back home, back in a place where you knew all the answers. But remember that you are not being realistic if you expect everything to fall into place immediately. Give yourself enough time to adjust to the new city and find your bearings. Go slow and do not try to tackle everything right away. Reach out to your neighbors and make new friends. Get a new hobby. Learn a new skill. Who knows, it may not be long before you start calling yourself a proud local!
  1. Keep your finances in order
Moving is always costly. While it can be tempting to go exploring and shopping soon after you move, you want to keep a careful rein on your expenditures the first few months in a new city. Take into account that living expenses in your new city might be different from what you are used to.

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