Moving to a new city can be a very exciting moment in your life, full of new beginnings, new friends, new things to do and see. However, from a logistics standpoint, it can be a bit complicated – it isn’t an easy matter to pop over to the new place to remind yourself about whether the lift will accommodate your king-size bed, and you will have to be organised in order make sure that everything arrives as it should and on schedule. Hiring a reliable and affordable company for removals, car transport or haulage is one way to take some of the stress out of the process. To make the process even easier, a service like Shiply can provide you with multiple quotes from companies who bid for your job. With that major source of stress taken care of, it is possible to focus on the equally important matter of finding your place in your new home.

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Look Before You Leap

Even if you have visited the city that you are moving to and loved everything about it, there are some difference of perspective when you are visiting a city as opposed to living in it. The sorts of things that you want to be close when you are visiting – the local hot spots, tourist areas, busy downtowns – may not be the sorts of things you want to live near. If you have an idea of where in your new city you would like to live, see if you can arrange to spend a long weekend in an AirBnB or something similar in the neighbourhood and imagine going through your daily routines. How do you get to work or school and how long does it take? Is there a shop nearby to purchase food? Is the area noisier than you want, or quieter? Are the prices in your range, and can you imagine living in this area in a place you can actually afford. If you have children, is the neighbourhood kid friendly?

Do Some Research

One of the best ways to feel at home in a new city is to learn about that city’s history and culture. Even neighbouring cities can have a different “vibe” which may take some getting used to. Learn what locals love about their city, and spend some time exploring some of the local sites, museums, parks and other spots of interest.

Find a Community

If you are moving for a job, to some degree there will be a built-in community for you in the early days before you meet people outside of work. Especially if you are moving with a “trailing partner” who may be unemployed as a result of the move, you need to make sure that you find ways to develop a social circle. There are likely to be many interest-based groups that you can find through the local community centre, online through newcomers or Facebook groups – don’t underestimate how isolating it can be in a new city, particularly if you have moved alone, and take advantage of the chance to meet up with people in the local dog-walking group, yoga-in-the-park class, or pub-quizzes.

Moving to a new city can be just the thing to put a bounce in your step and a smile on your face if you approach it with a curious and open-minded attitude.