Believe me, I know house hunting can be tough. So if you’ve found the right place in the city of your dreams, then you may think it’s all smooth sailing from then on. Unfortunately, a big move can be harder than we expect, so I’ve compiled a list of tips that will help you settle in quickly and happily.
Going Through the Screening Process
Make sure all of your sensitive information is kept protected when you go through the rental application process. You’ll likely be applying to live in multiple apartment rentals, as the sad fact is we don’t always get to live in our first selection in this competitive rental market. With so many potential landlords having access to your social security number, address, and other personal information, you can never be too cautious. Ask them to use a service like Transunion Smartmove to ensure all of your information stays safe and secure. The last thing you need when you move to a new city is to have your identity stolen.
Make Packing Easy
If you’re moving to a new city and you are hiring cross country movers, start your organizing in the weeks and months before. Leaving it until the last second is a surefire way to stress yourself out. Be diligent about your labeling, pack using reusable bins, and make sure you find the right moving service to get your valuables safely and soundly right to your new front door.
Avoid the Trip Home
Once you’ve arrived, do your best to stay for a predetermined amount of time, whether it’s two months or four. Making a move can be a hard change, and going home for a visit on the third week there might seem like the right choice when you’re bundled up alone in your new place. However, going home too soon can completely circumvent or even prevent your happy transition to a new area. Tough it out and you’ll reap the rewards, promise.
Become an Explorer
Chances are you don’t know your new neighborhood like the back of your hand. The best thing to do in this situation is to get out there and explore. Walk to get your groceries (if possible), try out your local restaurants and coffee shops, and don’t hole yourself up in your apartment. Keep a list of your new favorites and head to your top picks multiple times in a month. With any luck, you’ll become a regular and make yourself a fixture in your neighborhood—believe me, this will make it a lot easier to meet people, especially if they see you all the time.
Be a Yes Person
What does it mean to be a “yes person”? It’s really simple, actually. Simply say yes to everything. This can be a struggle for those of us that have a touch of social anxiety, but forcing yourself to get out and about in your new area is the best way to meet new people, form social connections, and become ingrained in your new life. If a neighbor asks you to come to a gathering they’re having, go. If you see a flyer for an intramural team, join it. Get onto websites like Meetup.com and find a group doing an activity you’re interested in. Don’t give yourself free time, as this is when you will feel the little nudge of lonely sneak in. The more you put yourself out there, the better the result, and the happier you’ll be in your new place. Easier said than done, I know, but give it your best shot every single day to try something new.
Stay In Contact With Your Past
Just because you’ve moved doesn’t mean you can’t foster your old relationships. Staying in contact with those from your past can also help make the move easier, and curb the sting of homesickness. Plan biweekly Skype dates to stay updated on all the happenings and relay all the shenanigans you’ve gotten yourself into in your new city. Talking to old family and friends can serve as a refresher and make you more confident to go out there and meet new people.
If you’re preparing for a move to a new city, be prepared for a nerve-wracking but wholly amazing change in your life. Moving can be costly, so check out our tips for budgeting during and after your transfer to a new home or apartment, and use these guidelines to make sure your transition is as smooth as possible.
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