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According to Dartmouth, moving to a new location ranks pretty high in terms of stressors. It isn’t just the act of moving, it’s all the variables accompanying it including job, social circles, school, work hours, recreational activities.

Compound this with relocating from the country to a city and it is easy to see why your upcoming transition is a source of sleepless nights. Below is a list of tips to help you when moving from the country to the city.

“We aren’t in Kansas anymore”

The potential reasons you have decided to move are endless. Maybe the lack of career opportunities in the country or the desire for more culture has pushed you to the city. Whatever the reason, it is intimidating to enter into a totally new and unfamiliar environment.

Before moving, it is imperative you research your new location. What could be worse than moving from a relatively sheltered lifestyle to the absolute worst part of town? Taking a few moments to dive deep into the pulse of your new stomping grounds for the best schools, safest neighborhoods, and most welcoming districts will help your adjustment to city life. Ensure your soon-to-be home offers you the type of entertainment and lifestyle you are interested in.

Create a budget

Moving is costly in itself.  Living in a city is quite a bit more expensive than the country, do some research so your budget is as close to accurate as possible. Prepare by creating a budget.

Factor in all your monthly expenses, payments, loans, charity payments, groceries and eating out and extras for entertainment. That is your base budget. From there, you can better prepare for the unexpected.

Dave Ramsey offers classes nationwide giving advice on finances and budgeting. His method relies largely on cash and only spending what you have. You may find through this in-depth evaluation of your spending that you actually do not need some of the luxuries country life has yielded and can repurpose your income.

Use a packing list

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Lists help to make the overwhelming manageable. Packing is the same. Creating a packing list you minimize the chances you have forgotten an item. It also ensures when moving day arrives, your must-have items are still handy.

Change your address with the post office

Logistically speaking, go ahead and change your address before you move. For ease, the United States Postal Service allows you to do this online. Save up your mail for a few months to double-check you do not miss any bills. Remember to contact them individually to change your address within their records.

Get a job

Probably one of quickest way to meet people is to find coworkers. Go job searching if don’t already have one.

Monster and CareerBuilder are common sites but also can become flooded with resumes. Get on LinkedIn and update your resume. Utilize Facebook and Instagram ads. Look into ZipRecruiter. Talk to people while out and tell them you are new. They may know who is hiring.

Don’t discredit using a temp agency. They can place you while you look for steady work. Many temp agencies are temp-to-hire, getting your foot in the door. Having a job lined up allows money to flow in, so your pressure decreases as you adjust to your new lifestyle.

Find an apartment

When you live in the country, your lullaby is the sweet sounds of frogs and the twinkling stars. In the city, it is non-stop honking with people yelling outside blending with laughing and music and jack hammering. To use the cliche, the city never sleeps. You must be prepared for it. This is where researching prior to moving helps.

  • Cost
    The cost of an apartment or house in the city is a factor. The price tag of a small apartment is likely to be larger than your current mortgage. Find a roommate or two to help split the rent and expenses. Make sure to look at lifestyle when searching for a roommate to prevent the extroverted night owl to room with the introverted workaholic.
  • Storage
    Hold a garage sale prior to moving. If you cannot part with anything, look into storage units or beg your parents for space in their attic. Whatever the case, your freedom to accumulate non-necessaries decreases with your move to the city.
  • Walkthrough
    If possible, conduct a walkthrough with your new landlord before moving in. Have both parties sign off on a checklist at the end to ensure any damage already done to the unit is not assigned to you and, ultimately, your wallet.
  • Commute
    Take a drive from your new home to your job. Determine how much time you will need with normal weekday traffic. It would be a pity to sign on a lease and find out your commute is two hours long.

Research public transportation

Unlike the country where you must drive everywhere, cities are notorious to residents not owning cars. Before you decide to add parking to your monthly budget, evaluate if you actually need a car. Is the monthly insurance, payment and parking more than public transportation and renting from Enterprise when a car is unavoidable?

Research public transportation. Your new city could have buses, trolleys, trams, trains, metro, subway or even ferries. Uber and Lyft have become quite common in most cities. After evaluation, you may determine to ditch your car and buy a bike.

Go explore the city

It is easy to fall into reclusive tendencies when leaving the country and moving into the city. After all, it is all new…and loud…and busy. Resist the urge.

Use social media to find groups with similar interests. Connect to the city’s social media pages to see what is going on. Join fitness centers, recreational groups, and attend outings. Accept invitations from co-workers. Volunteer. Frequent the same place multiple times to strike up conversations with regulars.

It is overwhelming. Do it anyway. Before you know it, your friends circle will grow and so will you. Remember, this is the city. Make sure you are being safe with your connections and the information you share.

Pre-plan your move

Consider when you are going to move and how. Will you pack yourself or hire packers? Who will move you?

We are here to help! Let us take the stress out of the logistics of moving so you can focus on acclimating to your new environment. Scheduling your free estimate today.

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