Making the Move to a New City
Closing Out Your Old Life
Once you have a handle on the city you’re moving to, the hard work of packing and closing out your old life begins.
This is the time when all the practical issues of a move need to be dealt with. You’ll have to find movers, pack your belongings, find storage and close out all the accounts you have in your current city. You’ll have to remember to do things like change your address, cancel and hook up new utilities (including phone, cable and internet) and change any insurance policies.
Khen advises that you also pay particular attention to the details of the move in your new city as well. “When it comes to big cities, people sometimes don’t realize they must consider rules and regulations—written or not—of movers, buildings, street parking, etc. For example, moving into a building may only be allowed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Many newcomers end up with storage fees because they show up when the building is closed to movers.” Make sure to carefully read the fine print of new work contracts, leases and mover and storage agreements before your arrival.
It’s usually at the point when a move plan is created that people feel anxious about their decision. "There is this one moment where people are almost bulldozed by how overwhelming it all is. There are a million details to stay on top of coupled with the realization that your life will never be the same,” says Ramos. “Don’t let the move make you feel small. When that moment comes, say yes to it. Say yes, there are a million things to do and I, with the help of those who love me, will get them done. Say yes, my life is going to change forever and that means there are so many wonderful new memories headed my way!”
This is also a time to think about purging some of your belongings. Look at everything you own and decide if you really want to bring it to your new home. “It might be difficult, but simply resign yourself to the fact that you can’t keep everything. A little judgment during cleanout will go a long way when it’s time to load the moving van and write a check to the movers,” says Tara Maras, move expert and co-author of 29 Days to a Smooth Move.