Moving to a New City?
Don’t Stay on the Couch!
Some moves involve a couple of friends, a moving truck and a few short trips back and forth across the city. As stressful as these local moves can be, they pale in comparison to a cross-state or cross-country move. With a local move, there’s no need to find the best places to eat, the best route to work, or a new group of friends. You already know and have those things.
Big moves are different. It’s starting over, and the moving process continues even after the last box is unpacked. After you square away all your belongings, it’s time to focus on the biggest part of the move: building your new life in a new city.
Integrating into a new city is as easy or difficult as you make it. If you are willing to get out there and explore, it will be much easier, so get off the couch and get out there.
Depending on your age and interests, what you consider essential will vary, but I think just about everyone can agree that knowing where to shop for groceries, pick up a prescription and get a good meal is important. Beyond those, it’s all up to you. So, how do you find these places?
Lucky for you, you live in the internet age and have a wealth of information on just about everything – including your new city – right at our fingertips.
Use the Internet
Open up your browser of choice and go to Google Maps. Now, enter in your address. A map of your area will pop up. If you want to see everything of interest in the area, do a wildcard search by typing “*” into the search field. As cool as that is, most people like to narrow it down a bit. Typing “Thai restaurant”, “country bar”, “pharmacy” or “organic food” will display matching results on the map and sidebar. The side bar will also show a star rating and contain a link to written reviews and the business’s website.
Don’t forget to map out your route to your new job while you’re exploring.
Ask for Advice
As great as the internet is, it cannot compete with the recommendations of people you trust. You probably know a few people that live in your new town or city. Give them a call and ask all those questions the internet cannot answer. You might want to ask them to meet you for dinner or drinks at anywhere they recommend.
If you cannot get them on the phone, head back to the internet and put out a blast on Facebook and Twitter asking for recommendations and advice about your new city. Continue…
Count On Chris!
Chris’s knowledge and experience, as well as her negotiating skills, have been instrumental in formulating the talents and beliefs of The CHRIS WYLIE TEAM. Chris takes great pride in being someone others can count on to be there. Keeping the clients’ needs at the forefront of the buying/selling process is the mind-set Chris used developing The CHRIS WYLIE TEAM into a diversified, reliable, well qualified organization, capable of productively marketing, effectively negotiating, selling, buying, and efficiently closing real estate transactions.
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