Relocating from a Big City to a Smaller City

Relocating from a Big City to a Smaller City

Moving from a larger city to a suburb or to a smaller city can be a welcomed lifestyle change. Here are a few tips to help make your move as painless as possible.

Research before you move. It’s important to understand the culture you’re joining. Do research online and find out about school systems, neighborhoods, parking, weather, public transportation, and laws that are native to that area. If you can, visit the new area before moving and connect with someone who’s lived there before.

Have a plan. There are a lot of steps to go through before you start packing the moving truck. Find housing before you leave, or at least know where you’ll stay while you look for a home. There are websites like that can help you find medium term rentals for 3 and 6 months. Never sign a lease on an apartment that you haven’t seen. If you can’t get there, find a friend or an employer or Realtor to check it out for you, do a tour of the home via zoom or Facetime. Have a job waiting for you, or if that’s not possible, know what you’ll do for money in the first few weeks of living there. Try to line up things like driver’s licenses, car insurance, renter’s insurance, and parking passes ahead of time as well.

Get involved. Meeting people in a new town can be out of your comfort zone. Don’t expect the neighbors to knock your door down with a casserole when you arrive: often times people are just busy.  Take the initiative. If there are things you liked to do in the city you moved from, find ways to do similar activities in your new town. Try new things. Volunteer. Smaller cities offer many opportunities to engage other people, so find what you like.

Mind your wallet. Small cities as well as bigger cities, location comes with a price tag and living in the core of town is generally just more expensive. You will find non costal cities vs. many costal cities more affordable: food, insurance, clothes, rent. Research cost of living. Be careful how you spend, and know where your money is going.

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