The decision to move to a city is bound to spark optimism and excitement. If you’ve ever
visited a city on vacation, it would have given you a glimpse of how convenient and rewarding
daily life can be. But, before you can dive deep into the city lifestyle, it’s important to handle all
move-related responsibilities and ensure the transition is as smooth as possible. In this article
from Millennial Going Down, we’ll explore useful tips for homeowners making the move from
small towns to big cities.
Make a Budget
It’s no secret that the cost of living in a city will be much higher than in a small town whether
you’re buying or renting. In addition to home costs, other major expenses you’ll need to
manage include groceries, transportation, local taxes, and utilities.
While costs will vary based on where you live, they’ll be highest in the downtown region and
incrementally reduce for areas on the outskirts. Hiring movers will serve as a major expense
in itself, but, as The Architect’s Diary notes, it will streamline the move and allow you to settle
As reported by Go Banking Rates, given the increase in expenses, it’s important to create a
budget and plan on how you’ll cover expenses at least for the first few months post-move.
Find a Good Neighborhood
Every major city has numerous good neighborhoods which new homeowners can choose
from. While some neighborhoods would be known for their restaurants, others would be loved
for parks and open spaces. Another key aspect to consider is accessibility to public transport,
as reported by The Spruce. If you don’t plan to own a car, look for homes located close to a
subway or bus station.
The types of homes available will change based on neighborhoods as well. Certain areas
would be dominated by newly built condominium residences, while there will be areas where
family homes are the norm. Depending on your preference, budget, and requirements,
choose the neighborhood that is the best fit.
Create a Network
Moving to a city you’ve never been to before can seem like a daunting task. But working with
a trusted real estate pro can make the relocation process much easier. In the weeks leading
up to the move, reach out to individuals you know which can include relatives, colleagues,
friends, etc. If possible, visit the city before your move and request them to take you around.
This will also serve as a great chance to learn more about your neighborhood, transportation
options, and nearby grocery stores to be better prepared to bring your family over.
Additionally, by creating a network you’ll also have people to reach out to in times of need.
Being locals they’ll be able to assist you better and provide you guidance on how to come to
terms with the fast-paced city life.
Start a Business
business, there are a few things you’ll need to keep in mind. First, research the local market
and make sure there’s a demand for your product or service. You’ll also need to obtain the
proper licenses and permits, as well as find a suitable location for your business. In addition,
you’ll need to build up a network of potential customers and suppliers. Thankfully, there are
many resources available to help you get started.
If you don’t feel comfortable starting a business yet, consider returning to school to earn a
bachelor’s degree in business. A business degree will help you understand the components of
running a business successfully. Best of all, earning a degree online is easier than ever with
challenges, the key is to take your time to settle and grow into the city lifestyle which you were
looking forward to all this while. Come up with a budget, find the right neighborhood, develop
a support network, and even start your own business.
For more great tips for life after graduation, visit Millennial Going Down today!
About the Author: Aimee Lyons loves DIY and spends every bit of her free time on pet projects–crafting, refurbishing furniture, remodeling rooms, turning her yard into a landscaping masterpiece. She created DIYDarlin.com to share her DIY knowledge while also serving as a forum to learn from other DIYers.