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Written by Carrie Spencer
When experiencing adversity in life, the thought furthest from your mind might be to distance yourself from familiar things and move to a new city. However, the old-time saying, “Change is as good as a holiday,” holds merit if applied to particular contexts.
Sometimes, the most unlikely decisions turn out to be the best ones, and moving to a new city after a setback can allow you to start anew. Today, Seal the Seasons explores the most important considerations when contemplating a move to a new town after dealing with a low point in life.
Choosing Your New City
Choosing a new city to live in will primarily be determined by your personal preferences. Other factors might include being closer to family and friends, better career opportunities, or a more relaxed lifestyle. There are several organic avenues you can take to identify and choose your new city. One example is leveraging social media outlets for news, comments, and updates about the town you're considering.
Deciding on Renting or Buying
When moving to a new city, you first want to settle into your new surroundings. However, renting a property might be a better option than buying a property outright. It will allow you to research the housing options and choose an apartment or house that suits your lifestyle and falls within your budget.
Planning the Move
You'll have more time to find a professional moving company that meets your specific needs by planning the move well in advance. Knowing what you're looking for in a moving company and drafting a list of requirements will narrow your search and save you time. Several moving companies provide detailed information about their services on their websites. Read furniture movers’ reviews and ask for referrals once you have a shortlist of movers. Once you have a list of reputable movers, contact them for a quote. Most movers will negotiate better rates for specific dates and when they know that you have also approached other companies.
Becoming a Part of the Community
Starting over after a low point in your life is hard, but doing it in a new city can be exciting. The best way to find your footing is to hang out with the locals. Visit coffee shops and join a club, church, or cause. Get to know your new city, and open yourself up to new opportunities and activities to make friends.
This would be a good time to take advantage of a DIY business card maker to help you with your networking. And don’t just leave cards at coffee shops or local events; actively seek out local businesses, like agricultural companies at farmers markets, and introduce yourself.
Out With the Old, in With the New
Moving to a new city after having experienced a low point in your life can be the opportunity to change your environment and life for the better.