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Published on October 2nd, 2018 | by Sunit Nandi

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17 Tips for Moving to a New City

So, you are looking to move from one home to another. Moving is always such a hassle. For many, the thought of moving brings on mental exhaustion before they even begin. Whether you are moving for convenience sake, for family considerations, or for a job, the task is always daunting. The move is even more complicated when you move to a new city. Here are a few simple things you can do to make moving easier.

Plan

Planning your move releases several anxieties. Being anxious causes errors when making a physical move. Taking the time to sit and consider with pen and paper and figure out how to move will pay dividends soon. So, take a deep breath, sit down

  • Research the city to which you are moving. Figure out the best neighborhood for you. Find a place that takes into consideration job opportunities, social interaction areas, and if you have children, the proximity of schools and parks.
  • If you are fresh out of school and are moving alone, you should look for possible roommates available in your new area to help alleviate some of your monthly costs. Always get some face time over the net with possible roomies and check out references before agreeing to cohabitate.
  • Ask yourself how long the move will take. If you are moving across the country, plan to start moving your belongings before your move.
  • Reserve a moving company to help with the move.
  • Make a connection to real estate rental agencies in the area to which you are moving. Make sure you have the rights to the property at the time of your move.
  • Make your airline, train, or bus reservations for the day of your move.

Budget

Moving is more expensive than you think. Funds dwindle quickly when unexpected expenses arise during a move. Writing down your budget and planning around it is an essential part of making a move to another city. Before the new 2018 Tax Code change, companies were able to write off the moving expenses for a prospective employee. However, compensating the move of an employee is now considered income by the IRS.

Using a moving company to make your move for you seems expensive. However, using a reputable mover saves you time, hassle, and worry. Regardless of whether you use the service or not, a cost-quote gives you a ballpark figure of what costs you will generate when moving your appliances, furniture, and accouterments.

  • Contact the city government to which you are moving and get the full figures of deposits for your utilities in your new home.
  • Contact your new property management agency, budget in the cost of reserving the place. Get a guarantee in writing that the premises is open for occupation, clean, and prepared on the day of your move.
  • Budget for any travel expenses, including food, lodging, fuel, and entertainment along the way.

Bills and Communication

Your unpaid bills follow you no matter where you go. In the past, it was advisable to arrange for the U.S, Postal Service to forward all mail to a new address. Regardless of your efforts in this matter, there were always bills and communications that reached you late. With the advent of the Information Age, new avenues of communication are open for you. Contact a Virtual Mailbox Service and set up the system that will contact you immediately with all physical mailings sent to you.

What to do with Your Current Residence

If you own your current home and are moving for a new job opportunity, it may be wise to hold on to your property and rent it out. In the past, new employers often helped talented prospects by purchasing the home from them and reselling. Do not plan to get this perk today. Such advantages went by the wayside at the start of 2018.

  • Contact a reputable property management company. These firms are eager to find such residences and can advise you on the process to minimize your concerns.
  • If you rent, make sure to advise your property owner or property management company of your impending move with enough time to retrieve your rent deposit promptly.
  • Hire a cleaning company to clean your current residence just before you move.
  • Have an inspector tour your current residence and sign an affidavit that the property is sound, ready for occupation, and undamaged.

What to do with Your Belongings You do not Plan to Take with You

During every moving process, you discover belongings that do not carry significant value.

  • Take the time to separate those items you will not be taking with you.
  • Contact your current residence city’s government and apply for a lawn or garage sale permit. Depending on the number of items you are relieving yourself of, schedule a one, two, or three-day event to offer all your items for sale to the public.
  • After your sale, contact a second-hand store or vendor to take the remaining items.

Following these suggestions will make your move between cities easier. Plan things out, budget, and decide what to move and your new life will begin on a happy note.

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