Surveys show that six out of 10 Americans have moved to a new city at least once in their lifetime. Whether it's for career opportunities or simply a sense of adventure, odds are you’ll be part of that number eventually.
No matter what the reason, a move to a new city is equal parts excitement and apprehension. We're sharing some of the best tips from relocation veterans to help make the transition as smooth as possible.
Do Your Homework
If you can swing it, take a trip to your chosen destination, even if it's only a long weekend. Instead of playing tourist, spend the time immersing yourself in the city's lifestyle as much as possible.
Can't make it in person? Thanks to the Internet, you can take a virtual tour of the new city, down to individual neighborhoods. Again, focus your research on shopping, schools, parks, libraries, services and other everyday facilities.
Leverage Social Networks
Put the word of your move out on Facebook, Twitter and any other platforms you use, hashtagging the city name. Chances are at least one of your friends can put you in touch with someone who has first-hand knowledge of your destination, and other users are often happy to be generous with insider tips.
Look for Kindred Spirits
You'll feel more at home if you make connections with people who have common interests. Search websites like Meetup for groups centered on books, art, sports and hundreds of other activities, as well as social groups for all ages.
Create a Budget
Itemize your projected moving expenses and create a budget. Add a "slush fund" category for those unexpected items that always crop up. Build some slack into your estimates so an overage in one area won't throw you off course.
Make Household Arrangements Ahead of Time
It's hard to feel settled in when you're busy with utility and cable companies. Get utilities put in your name, schedule cable installation, open a bank account, and register your car before your move.
Keep a Lifeline Open
With cell phones, texting, video chat and email, it's easier than ever to stay in touch. Family and friends will always be in your corner, making them a valuable support group.
Give It Time
Change of any type is hard. During the initial weeks after your move, you may suffer from buyer's remorse. This reaction is perfectly normal, so promise yourself a full year to become acclimated before making any evaluations or rash decisions.
From great neighborhood locations to generous on-site amenities, our Springs Apartments communities are designed to make you feel right at home. We welcome your visit and the chance to show you all the benefits of our luxury apartments.