Any move is an adjustment, let alone to a new city where you'll be in a new job, home, neighbourhood, etc. With so many details to consider, the last thing you need is a hectic home move. Here are a few handy tips to help you.
1. Get Familiar
Do your research ahead of time when it comes to learning about your new city. A couple of pre-moving questions you may want to ask yourself are:
- Do I know anyone there?
- When is the best time to leave?
- What part of the city appeals to me and my family?
- What are the least desirable neighbourhoods?
- What are the schools like?
We also recommend visiting the city you're moving to (if possible) as much as you can ahead of time. While the internet is a wonderful resource, you won't be able to get a real feel for the place until you've actually been there.
2. Consider The Right Communities
If you're looking to put down permanent roots, you're going to want to buy a home in a neighbourhood that fits your needs. One of the things you're going to want to think about is what's in your price range and what community amenities you value. For example, if you like to ride your bike to work, you're going to want a place that has well-kept bike trails as well as close proximity to your job.
Of course, if you're moving as a family you're going to want to choose a neighbourhood with accessible schooling options. It may also be of benefit to look into the transit system that is in your new city as well. If you're planning on driving to work, you may want to choose an area close to an LRT station.
Be sure to evaluate your current lifestyle ahead of time and you'll easily be able to find the ideal new community to match.
3. Look Into Average Home Prices
Budget for the style of home (such as single family, duplex or townhome) you want and take a look at the average home prices in the area you're considering. As different areas will have different price ranges, this will help you determine what neighbourhoods will be best for your budget.
4. Be a Picky Packer
It can be hard sorting through your stuff and deciding what should stay and what should go - especially if you're planning a long distance move. Try to take stalk of items you absolutely need and what can be repurchased later (if needed). For example, appliances you don't use, old books, towels, and coffee mugs are things to consider getting rid of.
Also, don't forget to research the cost of moving your items and ask for help from friends and family. If packing is a concern, we recommend starting early (typically a month ahead) so you have a reasonable amount of time to plan, prepare and pack.
To sum up, you CAN enjoy a seamless home move to a new city, as long as you prepare ahead of time. Keep the above tips in mind and you're guaranteed to start this new chapter in your life easily and stress-free.