Relocating, either to a new city or even state, can be challenging. It can be even worse if you have to relocate across the country. It is never easy, even if you have to do it more than once. It takes time and patience so that is less stressful.
Here are some more tips to relocate.
When it comes time to find a new home, do your research about the neighborhoods and schools in the area. Hopefully you learned quite a bit about your new location while you visited the area. However, if not, you can start to look online to find a safe neighborhood with a good school for your children.
Then you can start to look online at the apartments in those areas. Many apartment complexes have websites and virtual tours to give you an idea of what you can get for the price that you can afford. You should be able to find one or two that you want to see in person before signing the paperwork.
When you go look at apartments, make sure that you take measurements. This is important to see if any of your furniture will fit in your new apartment. You may have to look at more apartments or, if you don’t want the expense of moving your furniture, you may start over once you are there.
Most people want to know that they have a job before they get there, so if your job is not relocating you, start to research some potential options. Living without a paycheck (or even both paychecks) can be extremely scary and hard. For this reason, you should start looking for a job before your move. Even if you can’t fly out to interview for a position, you might be able to discuss some job opportunities before you move.
When relocating, you also need to think about your records. You will have to call your doctor’s office, dentist’s office, and even eye doctor to get your records. If you have children in school, you will need to get a copy of them too.
Make sure that you keep these with you – not in a pod or with the movers. You should always keep these with you when you are moving, as well as your birth certificates, marriage license, social security cards, and other important papers.
Don’t forget to get your address forwarded. Once you know where you are going (and your new address), it is important to file the paperwork so you won’t miss any important mail. This can take up to two weeks so it is important that you go to the post office as soon as you can.
Then, don’t forget to cancel your electricity, cable, phone, and utilities. It often helps to make a list of all of the companies that you will need to contact to turn everything off. This will help you in your new home so that you have electricity and a phone when you arrive!
If you can afford it, a movable pod may help make your moving experience a little easier. Especially if you have time to pack over a few months, a movable pod will help make everything easier. You can start to pack things that you don’t use at all months ahead of the move. They can sit in the pod until the time comes to move it to your new location. This also gives you time to unpack without hurry too!
Pods come in many sizes depending on how much you are planning on taking with you.
Moving can be challenging, whether you are moving down the block or across the country. However, when you are relocating, you have to do your research and find a good neighborhood with great schools. You also need to remember to get a copy of your records since you are going to need a new doctor!