Relocating is one of the biggest and exciting life changes you can make. Whether you just landed your dream job, are looking to move to your dream area, want to challenge yourself, need to be closer to family, or just want a fresh start, there are some steps you can take to make your move as stress-free as possible. There are many benefits to relocating that you can take advantage of if you follow our tips to make your experience a success. You could potentially get to experience a new city, explore new areas, meet new people and make new friends, start a new job, and all the other rewarding life changes that come with relocating. If you are thinking about or already in the process of moving somewhere new, make sure to read our team’s top five tips we have learned along the way to help make your relocation a success.
Tip #1: Make a Budget
First things first, can you afford to relocate? You need to create a full and comprehensive budget so that you know exactly how much your move will cost you. We recommend starting with all your possible relocation expenses that are associated with moving to your new home. This includes everything from the cost of travelling to your new area for house hunting, buying or renting your new home, selling your current home, new furnishings, security deposits, hiring the right moving company. These can be rough estimates for now as long as they get you thinking about tackling the upfront expenses of your actual relocation. Try to make a budget for what you will need to make your relocation successful so that you aren’t surprised by any additional costs you had not considered. It is completely possible that you might not need everything on your list at once or at all, but it is always better to budget too much than too little.
Tip #2: Do Your Research
After creating this budget it’s time to start researching your relocation area to calculate the cost of living and taxes, learn about new laws, and really get to know what life will be like once you move there. Your cost of living is going to change depending on where you are moving from and moving to, so make sure you weigh any new jobs against these two numbers. There are plenty of cost of living calculators online that will help you with this – we like the IDP calculator and the Numbeo calculator. Don’t forget that different countries, states, provinces, and even cities will have different tax rules and new laws for you to read up on before moving. You may have to file partial-year tax returns and get caught up on different driving laws and homeownership rules.
Tip #3: Get to Know the Area
If possible, it’s always a good idea to visit your relocation home before making the big move. While online research certainly helps, particularly with social media and community forums, actually physically going to your new city is incomparable. Try to plan a trip to scope out the area, look for possible new living options, and get a sense of the local culture. Don’t make the mistake of doing all the tourist attractions on this trip, instead focus on the logistics of your move since you can check out all the fun hotspots once you relocate. Think of your trip as a research expedition and try to learn as much as possible. If you are also looking for a new job in the area, this trip would be a good time to schedule any in-person interviews or networking. While visiting, you may even meet some new people and make some friends that will make your return and eventual move more exciting!
Tip #4: Give Yourself Time to Settle In
This is our moving team’s top tip for you to remember once you have made the jump and are in your new home. After your move, make sure you give yourself enough breathing room to fully settle into your new home. The best way to handle relocating is to relax and take full advantage of all your new opportunities. Make friends, go out to new places and on new adventures, and get to know your new city. While it is okay to miss your old home and reminisce about your old life, don’t let doing so cloud your ability to enjoy your new home. If you are leaving behind some important friends and family, remember that a solid internet connection and device will let you connect with them at the touch of a button. We know it will not feel the same but try to focus on the positives so that you can fully appreciate your new life.
Tip #5: Ask for Help
Relocating is a big deal and you should make use of all the help offered to you. This includes friends and family support, new neighbours, and our team here at Deluxe Moving & Storage. Whether you are relocating within or outside of the Cambridge area, we are here to take as much stress off your shoulders as possible during your move. As an owner-operator, we have a lot of flexibility in terms of what we can do and where we can go. Even if you are moving across the country our experts will get your belongings to your new home safe and sound. Be sure to give us a call at 519-212-3023 and we would be happy to discuss the most economical options to get you to your destination.
We hope this list of our team’s top relocating tips helps any of you out there thinking about relocating to a new home! Trust us when we say that relocating can be a stressful time in your life, but there are steps you can take to prepare yourself.
Want more moving tips and advice? Never hesitate to contact our team with any questions you might have about the moving process. Whether you’re moving across the street or to a brand new city, choosing Deluxe Moving & Storage for your next move is the best thing you can do to ensure a safe and healthy moving experience for you and your loved ones. Learn more about our moving services and packing services and don’t forget to fill out our FREE, no-obligation quote form. We can help make your move easier and safer, leave the work to us!