Household Moving Tips: Adjusting to Your New City
Moving across the country to a new city in a new state is often a stressful and daunting experience. The unfamiliarity of new surroundings can make us feel isolated and alone, which are not fun ways to feel when you’re adjusting to a major life change. But where there’s life there’s hope, and one of the greatest abilities we humans have is the ability to adapt to new situations and circumstances and thrive, sometimes in spite of them. Moving to a whole new place takes some adapting, but luckily in our modern world getting familiar with your new city can be done easily – though it still takes some work on your end.
You should have already researched the city you moved to – we’ve detailed that before here in our household moving tips series, and here as well, so if you haven’t read those you probably should. Once you’re settled in – the movers have unpacked the truck and left and you’ve gotten your home sort of the way you want it – you’ll want to take a tour of the city. Armed with GPS or just a plain old map – or nothing, if you’re feeling adventurous – take an hour or two to explore the city. Keep track of what streets lead back home, of course, so you don’t get lost, but aside from that you should start keeping note of routes that take you to places you’re going to shop or dine or visit in the city. Online research can only yield so much information; to get a true feel for your new home, explore it a bit.
If you’re into social media (and let’s face it – who isn’t these days?), another great way to learn the lay of the land and get advice from people is to visit your city’s website and tourist information online and then talk to other people in the city who have done the same. Many people who relocate do so for work; get to know some of your new coworkers, especially those from the area, and talk to them about the city you just moved to. What’s the traffic like? What are some good places to eat and shop? You can take a walk or drive of your city and get familiar with where places are, but talking to people who live there will give you a good idea of the day-to-day life in the city. Ask about neighborhoods and streets to avoid – larger cities tend to have more blighted areas than others, after all, due to their size.
There’s always more to know, of course, and we’ll add more entries to this new series in the coming weeks and months, so make sure to bookmark us or follow us on social media to keep up. If you’re still in the planning stages of your move, a great thing to do is get free household moving quotes from top-rated household movers, and you can get those right here on our website – just visit our household moving articles section to gain access to our free household moving quote request form as well as more articles about household moving and ways to prepare yourself for the experience, If you have questions about your move or need some help getting your free moving quotes, give us a call toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to a live agent about it today.