How to Make the Move to a New City

by Ben Atkinson

Moving to a new city can be both exciting and scary at the same time. You now have the chance for new opportunities, but you are leaving behind all the familiarity and comfort you are used to. However, moving can be made easier if you have a plan.

Before you make this gigantic step towards new success, make sure you have a job lined up, and that this new job offer is in writing. There cannot be anything worse than moving to a new place and finding out you have no employment waiting for you. Do not make any plans until you are holding that new written offer in your hands.

Learn as much as you can about your new city and make sure you actually want to live there. If you grew up in rural Utah, New York City might be overwhelming. You will also want to make sure you can afford the new cost of living. Devise an overall plan for relocating, including visits to your new city and an approximate date that you will finally make the move. Perhaps subscribing to the weekend edition of the city's daily newspaper will help you find things to do before you get there. You can even call the city’s local government to learn what the community is like.

Keep track of your moving expenses to make sure you stay within a budget. Moving is not cheap, even if it is just a move across town. You could find out beforehand if your new employer is willing to pay your travel or relocation costs, but you will never know if you do not ask. If you are the one paying the bill, you should be able to use the receipts for tax write-offs.

Keep your new employer posted on your progress: finding a home, turning in your notice and other things like that. You do not want to remain incommunicado for too long, and besides, your new boss may be able to help you learn about your new city and give tips on the best places to live and the best way to get there.

Make sure you iron out all the details, such as calling utilities, schools, banks and even your cable company. Being without the Internet may become a nuisance when you first move in. Also, contact the local Department of Motor Vehicles to find out what information it will need and what fees you will have to pay to register your vehicle.

Arrive at your new home a few days before work starts and find out how everything runs, including public transportation and even the number of the local pizza place.

Tip

  • If you are relocating with a significant other, see if she has any connections or networks in the new city.

Warning

  • The average job search can take three months to a year, so you may want to find a job first before making the big move. Also, do not tell your current boss about your new opportunity as that can have a backlash.

About the Author

Ben Atkinson has a Bachelor's of Science degree in psychology and a Master of Arts degree in human behavior with a focus on marriage and family counseling.

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