How Should I Prepare to Move to Another City?
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Moving to a new home often brings about lots of extra tasks and responsibilities. Those are amplified even more if your relocation takes you to a city, state, or even country that you might not be familiar with.
If a relocation to a new town is in your future, we’ve put together a collection of resources to help you know what to do to prepare for your move to another city.
Researching A New City
Whether you’re still trying to decide where to move or you know where you’re going, it is important to do your research. Here are a few things to consider as you begin to learn about your future hometown:
- City Size
- Job Market
- Walkability vs Drivability
- School System/ School Ratings
- Crime Rates
- Commute Lengths
- Rental and Real Estate Markets
- Cost of Living
- Local Culture
- Climate & Natural Disasters
Not sure where to start your search? Neighborhood databases and user forums such as City-Data.com, StreetAdvisor, and even local Facebook groups can help you gain insights of the area.
Call city hall and ask if they have any new resident resources available. If you have any mutual friends near the areas you are interested in, use them as a resource. Reading the local newspaper, Instagram tags, and the local Chamber of Commerce site can also provide you with important information. Once you narrow down a few options, a more fun and immersive experience could be to get an Airbnb in the area and do an extended stay.
Preparing to Move to a New City
Once you know a little more about where you’re going, it’s time to start focusing on what you need to do to get there. Here are the next steps to help you plan your relocation to a new city.
- Pick a neighborhood
- Decide: buying or renting
- Search for a Realtor®
If you do not have any mutual friends to ask for a recommendation, make sure to read reviews and pick the best Realtor® for you. The first one you call may not always be the right one for you.
- Tour homes
Make notes as you tour to help you remember which home is which, as well as your likes and dislikes. Notes are especially important when you are touring many homes in a short period of time.
- Negotiate a home purchase
Make an offer, negotiate the details, and obtain financing for your new home.
3. Search for apartments online
Do your research, look at floor plans, amenities, and area information. Take time to read online reviews of complexes to see any potential problems that complexes may bring.
4. Tour apartments
Come to tours with questions for the leasing consultant. Asking the same questions at each complex will help you compare them.
5. Apply to apartments
You will need to provide proof of income, diverse license number and social security number, and possibly references from previous landlords.
6. Make a plan for moving your belongings
This can be by driving them in your personal vehicle, renting a truck for a DIY move, or hiring a moving company. ADSI Moving Systems offers local moves, long distance relocations, and international moving options. Looking for DIY? Check out our partners at Go Mini’s of Augusta .
Here are a few tips and resources to help you get moving
- 20 Packing Hacks for your Upcoming Move
- What to Expect on When You Book a Full-Service Move
- 7 Suggestions for Settling into Your New Home
7. Get your home set up
Make sure you have set up your internet, utilities, rent payment, and renter’s insurance accounts.
8. Don’t forget to update these things after you move:
- File a change of address with the Post Office
- Update your address:
- Bank Accounts
- Credit Cards
- Online Subscriptions
- Notify the DMV
- Get a new driver’s license
- Register your car in the new state
- Register to vote in the state you moved to
Settling Into a New City After a Move
Now that you have finished your move. Be sure to get out in your new city! Here are a few ways you can get involved and meet new people.
- Join a team sport
- Find events related to your interests
- Venture to breweries or coffee shops
- Make friends in your complex/neighborhood
- Join local groups on facebook to meet new people with similar interests
If you are planning to become a resident and move abroad there are a few extra steps that must be taken to ensure your move runs smoothly. Each country has its own requirements, so be sure to check the requirements for your destination.
- Research the country you’ll be relocating to
- Make sure you know the Passport and visa requirements
- Research how to Become an Expat, if needed
- Know what to do if you’re moving abroad for a job
By booking an international relocation with ADSI Moving Systems, you will gain access to our international moving plan. This includes a personal move consultation, custom international moving services, global property protection, and custom clearance management. We also offer full packing, storage, and unloading services, property protection, and transportation and delivery.
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