Moving to a different city isn’t just about physical relocation of a person or a family, it also marks a significant emotional shift. You see, the longer you live at a certain location the more emotionally involved you will become in it. Over the course of years, it will no longer be a house or an apartment, but a home. This is just one of the factors that can make your move incredibly stressful. On one hand, you are leaving all of these things behind, but at the same time, you need to think about the technical aspect of the relocation of your stuff and leaving a clean slate behind. With all of this going on here are a few tips on how to make your move less stressful.
DO YOUR HOMEWORK
The first thing you absolutely must do before relocating is to try to find out more about the target destination. For example, you can google the neighborhood you are moving to and look for some news about the events that took place in that area. In this way, you will be able to get a sense of that particular area’s crime rate, reputation and much more. Now, while news can be misleading or fabricated, getting a word of the mouth recommendation is always more reliable. Get in touch with someone who lives at your target destination in order to see what you can expect there. Finally, use Yelp to see what kind of shops, fast food venues, schools and parks you have in your nearest vicinity. This way, you won’t have the impression of heading out into the unknown anymore.
CONSULT THE BUDGET
Another cause of stress amongst those moving is usually the issue of finances. You see, a new city usually means different local prices and sometimes even a change in the cost of utilities. This is why one of the first issues you need to address is how the cost of living at your target destination differs from that at your current location. Next, compare this fictional list of outcomes with your income and start planning your household budget. In most cases, people decide to move because of a more lucrative business opportunity, which is yet another thing you need to take into consideration.
WORK ON YOUR NEW HOME
Next thing that can make your transition much less painful is working on your new place in order to transform it into a home. For starters, you need to personalize your space and this means bringing more than few items from your previous home. One of the ways to do so is to find professional removal company from your target destination and hire them. For example, if you are moving from Gold Coast to Sydney, you might want to look for removalists in Sydney area and not the other way around. After you hang few of your family photos, install your sofa in the new living room and place your own runner rug in the hallway, your new home will already start to look more familiar.
LEAVE A CLEAN SLATE
In order to feel better about your move, you need to be 100 percent sure you didn’t leave anything unresolved back at the old place. Make the residence as tidy as it was on the day of your move-in, pay all your leftover bills, cancel all the subscriptions and talk to your landlord when you are finally ready to move out. You might also make a list to notify people of interest that you are leaving for good. In this way, you will know that there are no unresolved issues left behind and you can be ready to open a new chapter in your life.
MOVE-OUT/MOVE IN PARTY
Finally, what better way to get familiar with your new environment than to mingle with your new neighbors. In this manner, you can ensure that you are off to the right foot with your new social environment, which can take a lot of edge from this stressful episode in your life. It also might be a good idea to throw a farewell party so that you can get a chance to say goodbye to your favorite (and some not so favorite) neighbors. However, in the era of social networks, nothing prevents you from staying in touch even if you move half a world away.
Moving to a new city may be necessary for your job or it may be something you have dreamt about for a long time. Nonetheless, it is always an overwhelming experience and the better you organize the less stressful it is bound to be. One last thought, seeing how the move is equally as emotional as it is a technical affair, it might be for the best to put your personal feelings in the first place. In this way, you will help make all of this much easier.
Author Bio – Leila Dorari is a marketing consultant and a freelance writer from Sydney. She has been working with different companies for 5 years now. When taking a break from making new marketing slogans, she is either window shopping or exploring new ways to make her life more meaningful.