March 16, 2016

5 Tips for Relocating to a New City or State

There’s no doubt about it—moving to a new place is exciting. A new home to decorate, a new city to explore, and new adventures to experience are all waiting for you. That said, moving can also be stressful and a little bittersweet. Goodbyes are tough, and the process of packing up your whole life and moving it to a new location can be arduous.

At The Preserve at Tidewater we understand this struggle, and over the years we’ve discovered a few tricks to make the relocation process easier. If you’re planning a move to a new city, or to Onslow County in particular, these tips will help you enjoy not only the destination, but the journey.

Pack like a pro.

Most people don’t look forward to packing, but it’s probably the most important thing you’ll do when you move. Make sure you label every single box (and not with words like “random” or “stuff”—be specific!). Use good quality boxes so you don’t have to worry about them tearing or falling apart during the journey. Store your breakables carefully, using bubble wrap and packing tape. Mark one box “open first” and fill it with essentials, such as toilet paper, snacks, instant coffee, medications, and anything else you can’t live without. This will make settling in much easier and far more pleasant!

Get rid of anything you don’t use, want, or need.

Moving is one of those rare opportunities to take stock of everything you own and decide what will stay and what will go. For many people, moving marks a big life change, such as the kids moving out or entering retirement. In these cases, your new lifestyle may not require the same kinds of things you currently own. If so, take the opportunity to donate gently used kids toys and clothes to a charity. If the place you’re moving to is different from your current home in terms of climate or geography, adapt. For example, moving to Onslow County from a colder climate means you probably don’t need to bring your snow shoes or sled. Sell them at a yard sale, and invest in a great beach umbrella instead!

Tie up loose ends.

Make a list and check it twice! Before moving day arrives, make sure your pets are up-to-date on vaccinations and get their records from your current vet. If you’ll be driving your car, especially across states, get a tune-up before you hit the road and pack an emergency kit, including batteries, flares, and extra snacks. Update your own medical records and transfer your banking to your new state, if necessary. By taking care of all these not-so-little things before you move, you’ll have an easier and more enjoyable time settling in to your new home and new life.

Hire a moving company.

Depending on how far your new home is, a moving company can be a great investment. Driving a moving truck across the country isn’t easy, especially when you’re also dealing with the emotional weight of a big move. A moving company can get your belongings to your new home safely and securely, leaving you free to travel in your own time, making stops, visiting friends and relatives, and taking in the sights and sounds along your journey. Even if you travel straight there instead of meandering, you’ll still be able to focus on the changes in your life, rather than traffic jams and parking situations.

Give yourself time to settle in.

Many people move due to a new job. Rather than start your job the day you arrive in town, try to give yourself a week or so to unpack, settle in, and get to know your new city and surroundings. If you do this, you’ll be able to start your new job in a better place—comfortable, secure, and already feeling perfectly at home. Remember, moving can be stressful and exhausting, but there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. One you get there, give yourself a few moments to enjoy its warm glow, and then dive back into your busy, full, and exciting life.

We hope these tips are helpful as you plan your big move to Onslow County! See you soon!