Whether you have set your heart towards starting fresh in a different state, or you have been offered the job of your dreams, moving to another city while young is an exhilarating feeling, but before you set out for new horizons, here are a few things you must tick off your checklist for moving to another city:
1. Know the Cost of Living
It’s wise to have an idea about how far your money can stretch in this new city. Some cities like New York have the highest cost of living throughout the United States, which can badly affect your financial situation in the long term. That’s why we recommend estimating a rough price for the housing, transportation, utility, and grocery costs and budget it accordingly to your expected income before taking the plunge to move.
2. Budget Accordingly
If you are moving from a small suburban state to a larger city, then do expect higher costs of living and less savings. You need to figure out whether you will be able to budget your monthly expenses while still being able to save some of your income every month. If you don’t have a job yet, then you need to estimate how long you can survive on your savings without any income pool.
3. Look Into Job Opportunities
This is for those who are moving to a different city and on the hunt for a job. Get a sense of the local industry, and be on the lookout for job opportunities. Research on the amount of job openings in a particular time of the year and plan your move accordingly. Target companies and clients according to the services you have to offer. Look for both in house and remote job positions if that’s your liking.
4. Learn About the Neighborhoods
Humans tend to crave for an emotional and social connection regardless of the circumstances. Having said that, try to visit the city at least once before moving, or do your research on the different types of neighborhoods in the city. Learn about the residential features, location, safety standards and the current crime profile of the neighborhood you are willing to settle in. Other parameters include a commercial vs pure residential neighborhood, distance from your office and down town etc.
5. Get Rid of Excessive Stuff
To make the move easier, we highly recommend packing light and only take the necessities with you. Donate slightly used items, have a garage sale or use a junk trash removal service to remove it for you.
You can ask your friends about junk and trash removal service recommendation or search online. There will be plenty of them operating in your area.
6. Be Optimistic
Make sure you remember why you are here, and what exactly do you want to achieve from this new phase of life. Set realistic goals, envision the future and stay motivated and hopeful to new beginnings.
We hope we have you covered both financially and emotionally for your big move to a new city. Good luck!