Moving can be an intimidating proposition. Here are a few tips to help make your move as painless as possible.
Research before you move. Do research online and find out about school systems, neighborhoods, parking, weather, public transportation, and laws that apply to that area. If you can, visit a city or neighborhood before moving and connect with someone who’s lived there before.
Have a plan. There are a lot of steps to go through before you start packing the moving truck. Find housing before you leave, or at least know where you’ll stay while you look for a home. Never sign a lease on an apartment that you haven’t seen. If you can’t get there, find a friend or an employer to check for you. Have a job waiting for you, or if that’s not possible, know what you’ll do for money in the first few weeks of living there. Try to line up things like driver’s licenses, car insurance, renter’s insurance, and parking passes ahead of time as well.
Get involved. Don’t expect the neighbors to knock your door down with a casserole when you arrive. Take the initiative. Try new things. Volunteer.