3 Important Tips on How to Move to a New City

By Ryan Morris - Jan. 12, 2018

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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?

Fortunately, your friends here at Zippia have put together a guide to help you figure out exactly that.


1. Things to Do Before Moving to a New City

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.

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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:

  • Visit the place you plan on moving to. If you’ve only spent a couple hours or days in the city you’re planning to move to, it’s a good idea to spend a little more time there to make sure it’s a place you’re comfortable being.
  • Get a dang job there first. If you don’t have a job lined up before you move to a new city, you’re living on the edge. At the very least, you should have sent out a few applications and have at least one good interview lined up, but even that is a bit of an unnecessary risk.
  • Make sure you understand how transportation will work for you. How’s public transportation in your new city? Is it the kind of place where you’ll need a car? If so, do you already have one that will work based on your new city’s weather?

2. How to Move to a New City

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:

  • If you can afford it, get professional movers. It’ll save you plenty of headache during the moving process if you just foist all of your moving responsibilities onto someone else. Plus then you can save asking your friends for help until you really need them, once all the boxes are already inside your house.
  • Literally label everything. You’re going to want to be able to move every box into the appropriate room before you open them, and to do that, you’re going to need names on every single box.
  • Plan your layout before you dig in. To make unpacking as painless as possible, have a method to which boxes you open first and the order in which you move your furniture around. Unpack each discrete box one at a time to keep from becoming overwhelmed.
  • Pack like you’re going on vacation. It might take you some time to put everything away, and during that time you’re going to need a few essentials. The last thing you want is to have to dig through all of your crap just to find your toothbrush or a pair of socks.

3. Things to Do After Moving to a New City

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:

  • First thing’s first: make your bed. This should really be the first thing you do once you move into a new place. That way even if the process of putting away all of your stuff ends up taking a lot of time, at least you’ve got a place to crash when you get tired.
  • Set up your utilities. It’s hard moving your furniture around in the dark, and having to go to sleep without Wifi might as well be illegal. Make sure you’ve got the utilities in your name as soon as possible.
  • Find out about your new neighborhood. Write down all the best takeout restaurants within a few miles of your place, either that are familiar or that you plan on checking out. Locate all the places where you get your basic services from — grocery stores, DMVs, car repair persons, dentists, and all that other junk you don’t realize you need until you need it.

Wrapping Up:

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:
3 Tips to Asking Your Boss for a Raise
3 Tips for Deciding When (and How) to Quit Your Job
3 Tips for Answering the Question “What is Your Greatest Accomplishment?”

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Ryan Morris


Ryan Morris

Ryan Morris was a writer for the Zippia Advice blog who tried to make the job process a little more entertaining for all those involved. He obtained his BA and Masters from Appalachian State University.

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