Relocating to a new city is an exciting new chapter in your life, but it can become quite stressful if you don’t prepare and strategize your next steps. The key is to start getting ready for your move early so that you have time to complete all your tasks with room to spare. Then, you will be in a better position to settle comfortably into your new home! Here are some tips to help you do just that.
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Before You Leave
It’s never too early to begin preparing for your move. Here are some quick items to check off of your list:
- About six to eight weeks before your move, start decluttering your belongings and thinking about what you will take with you.
- At least a month before moving day, research professional movers, and make sure they are legitimate. Moving company scams are rampant; get referrals from people you know, meet candidates in person, ensure they are licensed, and get your estimate and agreement in writing.
- Begin packing up your belongings at least two or three weeks before moving day. Categorize items by room, and clearly label the boxes.
- Around the same time, contact utility companies in your new location to make sure you have electricity, water, gas, and internet when you arrive at your new home.
When You Arrive
Now, let’s talk about some things you can do to settle in quickly after you get to your new home:
- Deep clean every room and space in your new home before unpacking all of your belongings.
- Change the locks, and make any quick upgrades necessary.
- Unpack your belongings one room at a time, and arrange your items as you unpack to stay organized.
- Once you have most of your unpacking done, get out there and explore your new town!
For Business Owners
If you’re moving your company to another state, consider these tips for a smooth transition:
- Find an online formation service like ZenBusiness that can help you with creating an LLC in your new state.
- Acquire any state or local licenses or permits necessary to operate your company.
- Conduct market research in your new area to determine how you can adjust your business to meet the needs of your community.
- Lastly, start building your local network of professionals by going to community events and joining the chamber of commerce.
Chances are you’re feeling at least a little bit of stress thinking about your relocation. Stop stressing and start preparing! The tips above can help you get started with your plan for a smooth transition to your new city. Before you know it, you’ll be settling into your new home and getting to know your neighbors!
*Written by Emily Graham.