7 Top Tips for Relocating
In many people’s lives, there comes a time when it’s time to move.
Whether for work or simply because you want to move to a bigger city (or somewhere a little less busy) relocating is rarely easy.
Packing up your belongings, waving goodbye to your local friends, and setting off somewhere new can feel daunting, but there are ways you can make it easier.
Here are seven top tips on relocating, and how to make the move to a new area as stress-free and smooth as can be.
1. Do Your Research
The first thing you want to do is get online.
Start with the basics. Whether moving to a town, city, or village, type the name into Google and see what the main attractions are.
There is a wealth of information available at your fingertips. Things such as Google Maps can provide great insight and help to build some familiarity with the area you are moving to before you even step foot on your new street.
What are your main concerns?
Lack of entertainment? Then use an online search to see what there is for you to do near your new home.
Worried about crime? Crime statistics are available to look over and ease your concerns.
When relocating far away, you probably won’t get a chance to visit a new area in person too many times before the big move, so using the internet to make sure you know the best places to eat, exercise and relax will give you a head start and have you feeling like a local from day one.
2. Take a Look Around
So, you’ve scoured the internet and found out everything you can about your new home.
The next step is to get a feel for your new location on ground level.
Visiting a new area is essential before moving there as it will provide lots of information that the internet can’t.
How friendly do the locals seem?
Is everything you need within walking distance?
If you drive, what is the traffic like?
There is no better way to get a feel for a place than simply wandering around it. If you already know which property you will be moving into, it is worthwhile to start your journey there.
Get to know your new street and take a look at what will soon become your local shop, pub, park, and children’s school.
Like the previous point, by doing this you won’t feel like as much of a stranger when you arrive as you will already be familiar with your new hometown.
When visiting your local establishments, speak to the people who work there. Knowing a shopkeeper’s name can make a huge difference and leave you feeling less lonely on your first few days.
3. See What the Socials Say
The final thing to check is social media.
Local groups, newspapers, councils, and entertainment establishments will all be posting regularly about the goings-on and people of your new home, so this is a great way of gaining some valuable information.
Join Facebook groups and regularly check in to spot local clubs or groups that may interest you. Keep an eye out for local events which you could attend.
If you live alone, relocation can be tough, but getting yourself involved in the community can help.
This is also a good way of finding out which places are the nicest to go to. If you have a dog, for example, put in the group that you are new to the town and were wondering what the best dog walks are.
As well as gaining lots of great new routes for your four-legged friend, there are sure to be some welcoming comments to make you feel at home.
Knowing what’s going on in a town is vital to feeling a part of a town, so keeping up to date with social media is a great way to stay on the pulse and become part of a community.
4. Know Your Transport Links
Being able to travel easily is important, especially if you don’t drive.
Many people who move into a new area, specifically big cities, may not want to keep a car due to high costs and lack of parking, so knowing how to get around is vital.
Which bus will you be taking to work? And what is the best way to get across the city?
These are two questions whose answers will prove fruitful on your first days working and exploring your new home.
Something else that is important, is your proximity to home.
When relocating, you may be leaving loved ones behind. If you do experience feelings of homesickness, it can be a big comfort to know that you can get homes in a couple of hours on a train or can hop on a quick flight.
It’s also nice to know your loved ones can come and see you easily.
Knowing your transport routes provides the freedom to explore and get around as you wish and can have huge effects on a person’s mindset when moving from one area to another.
5. Speak to Local Estate Agents
Someone that will have answers to many of your questions is a local estate agent.
Proximity to schools, the average cost of bills and council tax, and many other valuable bits of information can all be provided with one quick call to an agent.
If you’re buying or renting a new property, you will probably be dealing closely with an agent. Remember that this person is there to help, so don’t be shy in asking any question that comes to mind.
What is important to you?
Is it schools, playing fields, nightlife, gyms?
If so, let your estate agent know and they can explain to you everything about your new home, as well as locate a property that works best for you.
No one knows an area like an estate agent, so make the most of this source of local knowledge and gain all the information you need.
It is always a good idea to prepare a list of all your questions and have this on hand when you speak to your agent. Whether in person, over the phone, or via email, your agent will be glad to help.
6. Plan Your Moving Day
There are no two ways about it, relocating is stressful.
What can make it even more stressful, is a hectic, unplanned, messy moving day.
Moving is never easy, and it only gets harder when you’re moving across large distances, so it is vital you plan ahead to make this day as easy as it can be.
So, what do you need to prepare?
Firstly, how are you transporting your things?
If you’re hiring a removal van, how much will this cost? Are you getting help from some friends? Will all of your things fit in your car?
The key to a successful moving day is preparation.
If on the morning of the move, when butterflies are floating around your stomach, you still have lots of work to do packing items away, deciding what to take and what to leave and loading the car or van, you are going to face some unneeded stress.
Have the car loaded, your route planned, your goodbyes said, and be ready to be on your way to make moving day as smooth and stress-free as can be.
7. Make Yourself at Home
There comes a time in relocating when the door closes, and you are in your new home.
Even if you’ve only moved 100 miles away, it can sometimes feel like you have relocated to Mars.
It’s important that you make your new property a home and bring yourself closer to your loved ones with decorations and pictures that remind you of them.
Also, it is a great idea to fill your new home with things you like. Buy some plants, nice furniture and get comfortable in your new abode to avoid the feeling of living in an empty property.
Another important thing is to embrace your new location. If it’s known for having a restaurant that sells great pizza, go and buy a 12-inch pepperoni and see for yourself what all the fuss is about.
It’s important not to think of this place as somewhere that isn’t home, and embracing the local culture and community is a great way of doing this.
But don’t forget your home comforts.
Something as simple as a cushion or a picture on the wall can be a great help in the first few weeks of your relocation.
Relocating to a new area isn’t easy.
You often say bye to loved ones and enter the unknown alone.
But relocating shouldn’t feel daunting. It should feel exhilarating and like a fresh, new start.
If you’re looking to relocate in the near future, these seven tips will help you gain some familiarity with the area and make sure you feel at home in your new property.
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