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Checklist for Moving to a New City

Do you remember those first days of school jitters? When you weren’t sure who you would play with, if anyone would eat with you, and how quickly you could just go home.  Similarly, when you move to a new city all kinds of anxiety creep up making it scary and difficult. While we can’t help you with the nightlife we can help you get ready for your big move to a new city. Below you’ll find some helpful advice on preparing for your big move to a new city and/or state.
Get the lay of the land
One oft-ignored steps in preparing for your move is to visit your new city and state before you actually move there. Remember that when you are visiting the city it’s not as a tourist but as a new resident. So you’ll want to start imagining yourself in that life and start to see where you can build routines. We also recommend that you visit your new neighborhood and look for things like:
  • Where are you going to get gas?
  • Where do you plan to grocery shop?
  • What are the main roads by your house?
  • Where can you meet like-minded people?
  • Where will you spend your weekends?

Prepare for the actual move

It’s important to prepare for your move beforehand. Especially with moving to a new state, you will be leaving everything you know behind so being extra prepared is very important. There are several things that you need to do to prepare, and we believe number one on that list should be booking your moving company. This will make your move much smoother because you will have reliable experts who do this every day to help you prepare for the move. Especially with longer moves, you need to alert the company with enough time that they can book you. Here are a few other things you should do to prepare for your move:
  • Find– A mover that meets your requirements and can get the job done.
  • Declutter– Start separating things into things you want to take and things you don’t need anymore.
  • Sell- You can do a garage sale or use online marketplaces to get rid of things you don’t want to pack, plus this is extra moving cash.
  • Get- Moving supplies for your move like boxes, tape, bubble wrap, etc
  • Pack– Doing a little bit a day will make getting ready for your move much easier.

Day of Moving

Because this is a completely new city and or state move you’ll need to make sure that you have everything you need that day. You won’t be able to pop back over to the old place to grab something you left behind. If you don’t have enough space for all your things or if you are going to have to wait to move in, make sure to secure a storage unit to store your stuff while you wait. A few common things to make sure you have prepared include post-move-out cleaning, returning keys, moving or canceling utilities, and making sure you have some essentials close at hand, so you can live out of your suitcase if needed.
Post Moving
This is an exciting time for anyone! Getting to know a new city and new people. It can be so much fun learning and changing up your routine. Once you are a little more settled in your new city or state here are some things that slip people’s minds that are still important:
  • Change your address with the Post Office.
  • Register to vote. 
  • Get a new driver’s license.
Be aware that once you have relocated things will come up that you forgot you needed to do or you only do them every couple of years. Be easy on yourself as you get acclimated to your new environment. 

A note on Relocation Depression

Although a new fresh location is exciting,  it can also be fear-inducing because of all the unknowns. Undoubtedly, one of the most common side effects of moving to a new city can be what many call relocation depression – a highly undesirable psychological state where you feel strong pangs of nostalgia for the life you left hundreds or thousands of miles behind.
The depression after moving to a new city sometimes is more commonly known as separation anxiety. It’s not only the comfort and familiarity of your old life that you will long for – more often, it’s things like great friends, great restaurants, and of course, any family left behind.
Here are some common things that you can do to counteract that relocation depression and get you back on the road to loving the experience of your new life in a new place. 
  • Stop hiding in your new home – instead, get out more often and explore your new city to chase away the sense of strangeness and alienation you may be struggling with.
  • Make an effort to meet more people and even befriend some of them. That’ll probably be the hardest task on your post-move agenda but the reward will be worth it.
  • Keep in touch with your old friends to get the much-needed emotional support and encouragement you’ll no doubt need.
  • Don’t be too harsh on yourself if you’re not feeling quite like yourself after moving to a new city. The best piece of advice you can ever get is to just give yourself more time to acclimatize to the abrupt change – it could be days, weeks, or even months before you feel like yourself again.


Sit back, relax, and enjoy this time for you and your family. As you get ready for this journey to a new city or state make sure to start early with your planning. Visit your new digs and get to know the people and places that you will soon call home. Remember to create checklists for yourself so that you don’t forget anything before, during, and after the move. 
Finally, if you need a reliable moving company to make your move seamless and easy, then look no further than giving us– Top Notch Movers a call and let us help you get to your new home quickly and safely. Give us a call today!
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