Relocating to a new city can be exciting, but it can also be stressful. With a bit of pre-planning and attention to small details, you can make the move more of an adventure that doesn’t involve stressful elements. Check out these tips for relocating to a new city and give us a call to let us know how we can help you find a new home and learn about the area.
📝 Create a Moving Notebook
Large goals are best reached using plans. Being organized can take much of the stress out of relocating. What you need is a portable action space that holds everything essential to the success of the move. Purchase a sturdy binder that allows you to add plastic sleeves and other accessories. You’ll want blank paper for notes. Colored, customizable tabs can help with organizing sections for different tasks and information. The binder should have pockets for including loose papers, instructions, and important documents. Add a business card holder for placing cards that you receive during the process. You’ll appreciate not having to hunt around for a number when it’s needed. Have one section dedicated to contact information. A zippered pocket for receipts can keep those neat, and you’ll also want one to hold pencils, pens, paper clips, and other items. Don’t forget to include monthly calendars for noting important dates and appointments. Take this binder with you everywhere you go.
🗳 Create an Essentials Box
Moving days can be hectic and stressful when it comes to finding things you need. Begin by purchasing a plastic container with a closing lid. Place items you’ll need when packing, moving, and getting situated in your new home within the box. Items for packing you may want to include are tapes, scissors, different colored markers, labels, and string. You may want to place these in a pencil type box to sit in the larger container. Other items you may want to include are paper towels, wet wipes, plastic utensils, paper plates, plastic cups, cleaning wipes, nails, screws, hammer, screwdriver, and thumbtacks. For the busy days ahead, include individually packed snack items and water enhancement drops or powders. It’s also a good idea to pack one suitcase ahead of time that has a change of clothing for each household member, personal care items, towels, and wash cloths. Sit this box in a safe, central location and make sure it’s moved with you.
🗺 Research the New Area
This can be a fun part of the relocation process. Do some searching online to find out if your favorite restaurants are in the new area. Download local apps for news, weather, or shopping. Locate and note the address and other important information for local utility companies, public transportation, car care services, personal care services, hospitals, doctor’s office, dentist’s office, and department of motor vehicles. If you are relocating to another state, research their laws regarding car inspection, taxes, and registration. Make notes about time expectations for switching things like the registration on the car, your driver’s license, and updating insurance policies.
🚗 Visit Before the Move
It’s not always possible, but if you can do so it’s a good idea to visit the new area before the move. This is a great time to learn the layout of the city and locate important businesses. From the comfort of a hotel room, you can research local resources. If possible, secure a rental car to explore different neighborhoods. If you’ve connected with a real estate agent, let them know you’ll be in town. This is the perfect time to connect and talk about your real estate goals and learn more about possible neighborhood choices that line up with your expectations for the area. For example, if being close to schools is important, you’ll want to know which areas of the city are suitable.
🙋♀️ How a Real Estate Agent Can Help
Relocating to a new area can shake even the strongest nerves, so it’s a great idea to connect with someone who knows the area and can help you clear any hurdles. Your real estate agent can save you time when it comes to finding homes that fit your needs. This can be extremely helpful when you’re trying to make a long-distance move. They can do some of the foot work on your behalf and keep your informed about the process. If you’re working with a relocation company as part of the move, a real estate agent can help you find a new home while your other home is being sold.
😃 Make New Connections
Once you reach your new location, you’ll want to begin connecting with people in the area. Explore local favorites like coffee shops, fitness centers, and community events. Visit the library and secure a card. Subscribe to the local newspaper and tune in to the local radio stations. If you have a hobby, you may want to see if there are groups in the local community that meet and socialize while enjoying the hobby.