A change is as good as a holiday, right? Sometimes, a change of scenery and a fresh take on life is what it takes to refresh our mindsets and get us excited about our normal routines again. Moving to a new city might feel like a drastic way to implement that change, but for some of us, it’s just what we need when feeling stuck in a rut.
However, moving cities can entail a whole lot of planning, organizing and chaos that you can manage with a little more ease with just some planning. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
Plan Your Move Well
Moving (especially cross-country) can be crazy, chaotic and pretty stressful. You can reduce the amount of stress you’re going to have to face by planning and organizing everything well in advance and by hiring long distance movers. Getting professional help in a long distance move is the best way to go about it, since it eliminates a lot of work and coordination that would otherwise be on your shoulders, and will free up a lot of time for other things you’ll need to be working on.
Research the Area
Having a well-rounded idea of where you’re shifting your life to is important. Do some research on the city you’re planning on moving to well ahead of time so that you can get an idea of what your life there might be like.
Consider things like the safety and crime in different areas, where the good schools are, what the lifestyle is like (fast-paced and busy or slower and calmer), where you’ll find good coffee and what clubs or sports are around for you and your family to get involved in.
A big element involved in planning for a move is your budget and financial plan. A good rule of thumb to implement is to always save a little more than what you think you’ll need since moving house usually involves some unexpected expenses.
You’ll need to think about the moving costs, travel and potentially using storage space for your things for a while. But don’t forget the possibility of needing to buy a few new things to fill up space in your new home – extra curtains, a rug, free-standing storage space and other things like this.
Find Out the Cost of Living
Apart from your moving budget, you’ll also need to pay close attention to how much general living will cost you in your new city (because the differences can be immense). Chat to someone who lives in the area or consult some online sources to get an idea of how the cost of living might differ from what you’re used to and make sure that you’re financially equipped to deal with any increases. This includes elements like transport and travel, groceries, rent and things like gym memberships. Checking this out ahead of time will help to avoid running into financial strain later on, once you’ve already made the move and wouldn’t manage to swap back over to what you’re used to.