Moving is difficult enough without going long distances, but that doesn’t account for thousands of people who move cities every single year. If you’re about to move across the province or country instead of across the street, here are some tips to make everything go a little smoother, and how to get settled in your new town more quickly.
1. Do Some Practical Research
Before you move to your new city, it’s best to get familiar with it on a very functional level. That means figuring out the best way to drive to your new home, the location of nearby grocery stores, and the major streets and services in the area. By getting familiar with the basics, your first few days will be spent getting to know your new town rather than driving around in frustration. Taking the time to learn about how to get around will make things much smoother in the days following the moving truck’s arrival.
2. Don’t Leave with Unfinished Business
It’s important to maintain ties to your former town, especially if you’re moving from a place filled with family and friends, but you also have to look towards the future. Some of the things you should do are pretty functional, like cancelling your utilities and updating your new address for those who need it, but some are more symbolic. That means taking the time to see those most important to you before leaving so that you can get excited for where you’re heading.
3. Take Your Time
Rushing out of town never goes well, although it happens more often than not. Just like any move, giving yourself the proper amount of time is key to getting things done right. So instead of procrastinating, start decluttering and organizing things right away. Get rid of the junk first and then start packing up items you won’t need for a little while. Be sure to have your essentials, like clean clothes and toiletries, separate from the rest of your things, so you won’t feel as grungy after your first night in your new town.
4. Keep the Paperwork
Moving from city to city involves a surprising amount of paperwork, something that you need to organize and keep on hand throughout the moving process. If you don’t have a planner, or are not someone who usually uses those types of things, you should do so before your move. Everything from real estate agent contact info to bills from moving companies to travel receipts need to be properly organized, and the right organizer will make getting the paperwork you need much easier.
Moving is complicated, but it’s even more so when you’re moving to a brand new city. When moving further than simply down the street, be sure to give yourself plenty of time to do so. Keep your paperwork organized as well, and start as fresh as you possibly can. All of these things can help your first step into your future be exciting and less stressful.