Moving from a large city to a small town or suburb can be an intimidating proposition. 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 a city 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. Never sign a lease on an apartment that you haven’t seen. If you can’t get there, find a friend or an employer to check for you. 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 small city is quite easy simply because everybody knows each other. Expect the neighbors to knock your door down with a casserole when you arrive: small town life is often calm, friendly, and inviting. Take the initiative. If there are things you liked to do in your town, find ways to do those things in the small town or if you have to plan a trip for travel. Try new things. Volunteer. Most small towns have more organizations than you would think to offer, so many opportunities to engage with other people, so find what you like.
Mind your wallet. Unlike City life, small town life is less expensive. Everything costs different: food, insurance, clothes, rent, and even the amount of gas you spend to get somewhere, because most likely your destination is right down the street. There are also not as many ways to get ripped off, whether legally or criminally in a small town.
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