by Lina Martinez

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It’s no secret that one of the hardest things to do in life is move. Moving requires finding where to live, considering the impacts of the new location and, of course, getting everything from one domicile to the other. In every list of the hardest things to go through in life, moving is typically number three. There is no doubt it is disruptive.

Never fear though. There are ways that a little planning can make the experience tremendously easier so that the new location can be settled into and enjoyed right away.

Are you ready to get moving?

 

Where to live

Maybe you have to relocate to a new city for a new job. Moving from somewhere like Boston to Tucson could seem both daunting and a culture shock. Of the greatest importance is in choosing your new home and location in the new city. While it can seem stressful to search for a place in a city totally different from your own, there are several things to look for.

It isn’t just about the cost of a new home or the rental rates. A little research will show you neighborhood crime rates, the rankings of schools in each area and available local options for shopping and recreation. Facebook will have groups from many of the distinct areas in your new city. Simply pulling up Google Maps and looking at different areas with the settings to show you restaurants and shops, will tell you a lot about your future neighborhood.

A visit to the new city with a reputable realtor is the biggest must do. Realtors know the distinct areas of the city along with housing prices. Make sure to look up reviews about your new realtor online.

 

Time to Move

A move doesn’t just include what to do but also what not to do. Just as important as using proper services, is in doing things as simple as labeling boxes. Having an essentials box is important for knowing what you’ll need to move in first. Make sure that everyone knows where you are moving in order to save headaches later.

Decluttering is very important. It helps minimize the amount needed both to move and move in. There is no better time to down size a bit and make life simpler.

Lastly, the movers you use, matter. Look at online reviews first. Showing up at a new home with squished boxes, scratched furniture and broken glassware, isn’t exactly a good start to moving in.

 

Properly planned, a move doesn’t have to be third on the list of life’s most stressful things. In fact, a move might have a chance to be exciting and successful when planning for a new home and new experiences within it.