10 Quick Tips For Successful Relocation

Posted on: 4 June 2018

Relocating to a new state, or even to a new town, can be a stressful endeavor. From finding a new home to packing your belongings, there's just so much involved! With the 10 quick tips below, you can ensure your relocation goes more smoothly.

1. Take advantage of moving companies' services.

You may be tempted to try to save money by doing everything yourself, but relocating is not a one-person or even two-person job. Hiring a moving service to pack and transport your items is an acceptable way to spend your money, even if you're trying to be frugal. You'll probably save money in the long run since you will spend less time moving and can get back to work sooner.

2. Visit your new place before you move.

Do not assume you'll just figure it out when you get there, and do not rent an apartment sight-unseen. Make plans to visit the place where you plan to live at least once before you move. Use this trip to figure out what neighborhood you want to live in, look at apartments, and learn more about the local culture.

3. Consider the cost of living.

Many people, when they move, get excited because they have found a job that pays more than they are currently making. However, it's important to consider the relative cost of living in your new area. If the cost of living is higher where you are moving, then that raise may not get you as far as you would hope.  Use a cost of living calculator to compare the cost of living in your current and new homes, and use the information to help set your budget for the move and for your new living expenses.

4. Use government websites to do research.

Look for the town or city website for your new location. It should give you lots of information about the utility companies in the area, local ordinances, crime rates, and more. You need to know the local parking laws, for example, when you pull into your new apartment with a moving truck.

5. Plan ahead.

Many people relocate in the summer and fall months, so especially if you are planning on moving during these seasons, make sure you book a moving company and any other necessary services as far in advance as you can. Weekends fill up especially quickly, so consider moving in the middle of the week if you can feasibly do so.

6. Arrange to have friends visit.

Moving into a new place can feel very lonely at first when you do not know anyone. Make plans for some friends to visit after you've been in your new place for a month or two. They will enjoy seeing your new space, and you will feel less separated from your old life.

7. Use a realtor, if needed.

If you struggle to find a suitable apartment on your own, do not hesitate to reach out to a realtor. They can find you a suitable place to rent so you don't waste hours looking for apartments to no avail. Use online ratings websites and resources to find a realtor with a good reputation in your new locale.

8. Don't bring things you don't need.

This rule applies whether you pack everything yourself or hire moving company. Take advantage of this opportunity to purge. Get rid of items you no longer need or use rather than lugging them along to your new place.

9. Say "hi" to the neighbors.

When you arrive at your new place, introduce yourself to the neighbors sooner rather than later. This way, if you have a question about the neighborhood or need help unloading something heavy, you know who to ask.

10. Give yourself time to settle in.

Do not plan on moving into your new home the day before you start a new job or the day before school starts for the kids. Give yourself a week of buffer time, if possible, so you can settle in.

Follow the tips above and reach out to companies like Integrity Moving & Storage LLC for more advice, and relocating won't be so bad after all.