Essential tips for moving for the first time
If you're moving to a new city - whether it be the first time of the fifth - it is a big event to organise and can bring with it considerable nerves.
To make the process a lot less stressful, there are ways to plan ahead and prepare for the change.
Here are some essential tips for moving for the first time, which are also helpful if you're moving to a new town or city.
1 - Start with the basics
There are a few basic but vital things you will need to organise for the move. This includes how you are going to transport yourself and your belongings to your new place of residence. Will you need to hire a moving service, or can your items be driven or will you have to organise air transport? There can be considerable costs involved if you are moving large household goods such as couches, drawers or desks, so it's best to plan this in advance to avoid any unpleasant surprises when the bill comes.
In addition, don't forget to do the routine things like changing your postal address for correspondence and set up the utilities for your new destination.
"If you're moving cities it's a good idea to get a feel for the city in advance as it's suburbs may be different from what you're used to."
2 - Research the city you're moving to
If you're moving cities it's a good idea to get a feel for the city in advance as it's suburbs may be different from what you're used to.
Find out important information such as what the public transport is like and the city's climate so you can pack accordingly.
You can also research aspects of the city such as good restaurants and bars, the best local gym and nearby doctors and dentists so you know where to go for essential services and how you can settle in and make the city feel like home.
3 - Plan how you will keep in touch with loved ones at home
One of the challenging things about moving away can be keeping in touch with your loved, so it's best to prepare for how you will stay connected with them so it doesn't become a worry. Instead, plan how you will keep in touch. Schedule regular phone calls with family or friends and plan to make frequent visits and email periodically.
Once you are reassured you won't lose touch, you can move forward and start your exciting new journey.