You’re planning to move and your relocation will take you to a new city, one that you haven’t lived in previously. Indeed, you may have only visited it once before in a bid to find a place to stay. Making a move to a new city can be a big challenge — here’s how to survive your relocation.

1. Get to know your city. Well before you relocate, it is important to find out as much as possible about your new city. If you haven’t visited yet, then do so now. You’ll need to find a place to stay and that means visiting several apartments or houses in various neighborhoods around the city. Here, a real estate agent can prove invaluable as she’ll know which areas are best for you and have the housing mix you desire. So, get online and pull up the names of real estate brokers in your new city. Better yet, ask the agent in your current city to refer you to an agent or to a company in your new city.

2. Make your visit count. Whether you have a long weekend or a full week to spend in a new city, you’ll need to make the most of your time. Certainly, prioritize meeting with your real estate agent to scope out the housing market. You’ll need to settle on a place to stay fairly quickly. If you’re in a position to buy, but don’t find a home, then secure temporary housing. You also need to learn what your neighborhood is like — parking, transportation, food stores, and other amenities. Work your way out from the center of your neighborhood to visit surrounding areas as these will impact you and the way you live. Take note of places you’ll want to visit when you finally arrive in your new city: museums, art galleries, department stores, restaurants, public buildings, and the like.

3. Start purging early on. Not everything in your current home will go with you. After all, there are magazines, old clothes, books and sundry items you have no intention of keeping. This is a good time to go through what you own to separate what you plan to keep from what you will discard. If an item is broken, then throw it away. As for the rest of what you own, contact a charity to donate what you don’t want or sell these items instead.

4. Collect your boxes for packing. Whether you have a studio apartment or a five bedroom home, you’ll need boxes. Maybe plenty of them. You can buy boxes at most any home store, but just as easily you can acquire what you need by visiting local retailers and asking them to give you their discards. Restaurants, grocery stores, hardware stores, department stores, wine and beer stores, and other purveyors should have what you need. While you’re out and about, get packing tape and labels. Markers and most certainly packing material can come in handy too advises the North American Moving Company.


5. Imagine you in your new community. Making a move to a relatively unknown destination can be scary. That’s why a trip ahead of time can reveal much. So, imagine yourself living in your new place with fresh places to discover. Imagining this will help you overcome your fears and help you make your transition. Yes, much of what is currently familiar to you will go away, but discovering what is to come will help you through this transition, giving you hope and courage to move forward.

6. Give yourself a break. You can’t do it all even if you must do it all. Yes, you have a lot of responsibilities, but it is important that you be easy on yourself. That can mean many things, including giving yourself a break, accepting the help of family and friends, and just being realistic about what you have to get done. If you’re especially stressed, then take a break. You’ll get everything done and will work better when you’re relaxed.

7. Look forward, not back. Make a change can be traumatic. No doubt about that. In some cases, a move is necessitated to care for a sick loved one. To pursue a new job. Or to follow your heart. Although it is easy to look back at what once was, it is also important to continue looking forward because that is where you are or soon will be. Grieve for the past if you must, then move on.

8. Tie up your loose ends. As your moving day approaches, there may be loose ends that need tying. For example, you may still need to collect medical and dental records. You may also need to inform the post office of your move. Don’t forget to contact the utility companies, your bank, creditors, and anyone else that needs to know about your move.

Moving in Peace

You’ve survived your move! And that only happened because you were patient with yourself and understood that there is much to be gained by making the move. Your sense of fun and adventure will carry you over the coming weeks and months, enabling you to make this transition smoothly.