It can be freeing and exhilarating to pick up all your crap and move somewhere new.
Unfortunately, it can also be one of the more expensive and stressful experiences of your life.
There’s a lot involved with moving to a new city, and if you want to avoid a nightmare situation, it’s going to take a lot of planning and being proactive on your part.
But what exactly needs to be done before you take off? And how do you ensure yourself a smooth transition once you get where you’re going?
Moving to a new city isn’t as simple as romantic comedies and inspirational blog posts make it out to be.
There’s a reason that plenty of people would LIKE to move, but rarely are able to do so.
It takes money, time, and lots of resources to move yourself to somewhere new, and not doing the necessary prep work beforehand can lead to you having a bad time in your new digs.
Here are some things you should do to prepare yourself for your big move:
But even if you do the work, that doesn’t mean things are going to be easy for you.
There are a lot of moving parts to the moving process itself, and you need to have a good plan in place if you expect things to go smoothly.
Sure, you can just throw everything you own in a truck, start driving, and hope for the best.
But odds are you won’t have the best time.
Here are some things to do while you move that can help alleviate some of the worst parts of moving:
Of course, the story’s not over yet.
Even after you’ve already prepared to move and then made the move itself, there’s still more work to be done.
Unless you have extraordinarily few belongings, there’s just no way you’re going to all moved in after just one day.
Getting totally moved into a new place is a long-term process.
Here are some things you should definitely do after you move to a new city:
That’s all for this one! Just keep in mind:
When it comes to moving to a new place, the biggest thing to keep in mind is that it will take you a little bit to settle in.
So if you’re feeling miserable in your new place and don’t understand why you made the move in the first place, give it a few months.
And make sure that during that time, you’re really giving it your all.
That means looking for clubs, taking community center classes, going to big events — if you plan on having a good time in a new place, you have to put yourself out there.
Otherwise, you’ll look around one day and realize all the people you hoped would be potential new friends are just more strangers for you to deal with.
Best of luck! Here are some other links to help you on your way:
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