How to Relieve the Stress of Moving to a New City/State

November 9, 2016

miamiEven if you just landed the best job of your life, purchased the most beautiful home in Miami and you’re moving from somewhere you don’t really like, it’s still stressful. Moving everything you own brings in many unknown factors you may not be prepared for or even have a way to prepare for. However, there are ways to keep the stress to a minimum.

When you decide it’s time to move to Miami, no matter the reason, there are some things you can do to ensure it’s smoother and less stressful. Here are some of the best tips you can use to relieve the stress of moving to a new city/state.

Discover Plenty of Things to Do

It doesn’t matter if you love to fish, boat, swim, golf, play tennis or anything else, finding the things you love to do near the new place you’ll call home is important. You don’t want to move with uncertainty about where you will go and what you will do.

Before you move, take time to research the area and find out how close or far things you might enjoy doing will be. Learn about the local hot spots for dining, shopping and entertainment, along with the different events you might want to attend throughout the year.

Usually, the local visitor’s bureau will be able to help and most have websites with plenty of attractions listed. You can also use TripAdvisor to find out what the top area attractions and restaurants are and what others have to say about them.

Know the Neighborhoods

Before you buy in a new location, make sure you understand the neighborhoods. It’s not a good idea to buy a home without knowing the neighborhood will fit your needs. If you have school-aged children, make sure the schools in the neighborhood fit your needs. If you need or prefer public transportation, take this into consideration.

You should also do a little research to find out what the future of the neighborhood looks like. When a neighborhood offers a great place to live and it’s very vibrant, it can make a big difference in your move. Just understanding what you’re getting into will help to calm some of that stress.

Find Out about the Job Market and Economy

Even when you’re moving for a new job, it’s important to have a basic understanding of the economy in a new area. What happens if you lose your job or decide you want to make a switch to a new company? The job market may be a huge influencing factor in your decision.

The local economy matters, too. You want to make sure the city is thriving and growing. It’s not good to see local businesses closing up shop. Instead, you want to see them coming into the area and opening new businesses regularly.

With a basic understanding of the economy and job market, you can put some of that stress to bed. This is especially true if you’re moving to Miami and you don’t have a job lined up yet.

Know the Real Estate Market

You will be purchasing a house in Miami so it’s important to know the real estate market in the area. You should know whether the home you buy will be able to be sold easily or if it will be a struggle. It’s also important to know how much it will cost you to rent or buy a home in the area. You may need to rent before you purchase and it’s smart to evaluate both options.

A local real estate expert may be the answer to understanding the market. Not only will they help you find the right home for the right price, but they will field all of your real estate questions to help you understand the new city’s market better.

Plan and Prepare for Your Move

moving-stressAlong with understanding your new city, planning and preparing for your move will help to take away the stress. If possible, start packing at least a month in advance and have everything ready a few days before moving day. Make sure you pack an overnight bag in case you don’t make it on moving day.

Related: How to Help Your Teen with the Emotions of Moving

You also want to make sure you label everything properly and hire a moving company in advance if you’re not going to handle the move yourself. This will help to make unpacking easier and it will take some of the stress off your shoulders.

Use these tips when moving to Miami or any new city/state to ensure you experience a move with less stress.

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