As cliché as it sounds, moving from a small town to a big city could be the step that empowers you to live out your hopes and dreams. Experiencing new cultures, diving deep into a career, and living life to the fullest are some things to look forward to when you enter the new environment. However, as fun as it sounds, moving to a big city can be scary and intimidating. Luckily, we’re here to supply you with some tips for moving to a big city from a small town to ease your anxiety and help you start your new life.
Find the Best Neighborhood
Before you hop on the train, interstate, or plane, you need to find a place to stay. While searching for an apartment, you need to factor in your cost of living, salary, and possible bills. The neighborhood you reside in can make or break your overall living experience. Read blogs, watch local content, read the local news, and go on a tour of the properties (virtually and in person). Doing these things will help ensure that your rental property is up to par and in a decent neighborhood.
While living in a big city, you should invest in a good insurance company that provides rental or homeowner insurance. While searching for insurance, be sure to ask the insurance agent questions about what they can provide for you and ensure that you’re covered. You want to be protected from theft, damages, and any other incidents.
Understand the Cost of Living
Your cost of living in a small town is most likely lower than someone living in New York City or Los Angeles. Regardless of which city you’re relocating to, it’s important to know how expensive the area is and what the cost of living entails. For example, if you’re moving somewhere that’s hot and humid year-round, you should budget for air conditioning costs. Or if you’re moving to SoHo in New York, you should budget for costly groceries.
Determine if You Need a Car
One of the pleasures of living in a bigger city is access to public transportation. However, it’s important to know that not every city provides a subway system. Most cities will offer a bussing system. It’s essential to know the public transportation system to determine if you need to bring your car or not. You should also think about parking availability at your apartment or townhouse.
Consider the Changes in Lifestyle
The best advice you can get about moving to a big city from a small town is to be prepared and embrace the changes in your lifestyle. Your friendships, work, eating habits, and lingo can change in just a matter of time. A few things that you should consider before moving are:
- There’s less apartment space in the city
- Be prepared for more noise throughout the day
- The people aren’t as friendly as your hometown neighbors
- Rent can be very expensive
- Shopping for groceries and necessities can be a hassle
If you consider these details before your move, you’re sure to be prepared for the new environment. Enjoy your new life in the city!
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Erika Marie is a fashion and beauty writer as well as a hardcore vintage clothing enthusiast. In her free time, she can be found thrifting for hidden gems to add to her collection.