Before jumping into a pool you’ll want to stuck in your toe and check the water. A huge decision like moving to a new city needs thinking ahead. There are a number of considerations you need to make before and after making your big move.
1) Before Moving, Go Check out Things First
Moving to another city is definitely a big change in your life. You need to be certain of the place that you will be spending the next phase of your life. If possible, use a few weeks or months of available vacation time to check out the new city and see if this is truly the place you’d like to live in. If you have a relative or a friend already living in there, you could stay at their home as a guest, or find a temporary sublet in the neighborhood you’re considering for your new residence.
2) Check Financial Feasibility
You need to make certain that you’re be able to make ends meet once you’ve moved. You don’t want to find yourself penniless only months after moving to a new city. Making up a spreadsheet of anticipated income and realistic monthly expenses in your new city can help you; but you need to keep in mind that living expenses may be higher there. Online coupons can get you some extra budget.
3) Your new neighborhood
Your new neighborhood can end up being temporary. It’s smart not to purchase real estate until you’re sure you want to settle permanently. When looking for the new neighborhood, you want to check into following:
- · Average price range on apartment rentals
- · Convenience of location to potential job opportunities and social life
- · Safety/ Crime rate
- · Sublet opportunities
- · Roommate opportunities
- · Quality of nearby kids’ schools
- · Doctors/dentists
- · Stores
4) Job opportunity
If you are not moving because of work then it’s important to look into job availability in your new city. Some cities are better for job seekers in terms of growth and unemployment rates while some cities are hubs for certain industries and may not have a lot of job diversity. It’s important to do your homework so you won’t be unemployed and struggling for too long.
5) Making new friends
If you’re moving to a city where you know absolutely no one, meeting people and making friends can be intimidating. But as they say, getting involved will introduce you to a world of new people. Make friends with your neighbors by engaging in conversations and activities with them. Social networking sites may come handy if you want to make new friends with similar hobbies and interests.
Moving can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Approach it in phases and take it one day at a time. Soon enough, you’ll settle into your new city and it will feel like home.