If you rang in the new year with a resolution to wake up to a new scene, new place, new state; then this blog is for you! This blog is especially for you if you have never lived in another state but are planning on doing so.
Where do you start? That is a fantastic question and I would probably say with research. Finding a place to move for your first time is exciting, but also a little scary. The unknown can always be a little frightening. You need to know about the good and bad neighborhoods, what the economy is like, you have to find a job and live in a place where the culture matches your values and personality.
First off, make a list of all the things you want in a town/city. Do you need outdoor activities? Warm weather? Easy access to mountains? Peace and quiet? Shopping? Schools? You need to write down everything you want out of your perfect place to live, and then start prioritizing.
Then it’s time to start checking out neighborhoods, apartments, roommates, etc. Where are you going to live? Craigslist.org is of course a great resource, but we advice that you do your research. It is important to go look at the house (preferably with someone) and interview the person you will be renting from/living with. Just like you tour houses that you are looking at buying, you need to make sure an apartment or condo is something that you would enjoy living in, and that your roommate(s) aren’t crazy. Make sure it is in your price range, in an area you want to be in, and you feel comfortable (your intuition is powerful!) Does it match the list you creative from the above exercise?
You also need a plan for meeting people. Depending on your situation, you may or may not be moving with someone. If you are not, I suggest having an idea of how you will meet new people. They say it takes about a year to a year and a half to feel at home and like you have established yourself. A great way to decrease that time is by getting involved in different Meetup.com groups like book clubs, hiking groups or cooking classes. If you are a professional, participating in local networking events like Green Drinks, Chamber events, or industry specific events is a great way to start building your professional network, but also a potential group of friends.
These are only a few of the specifics that need to be worked out and planned for, but they are pretty important to starting the process of moving to another state. We wish you luck, and let us know if we can help you with the new chapter of your life!