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8 Things to Consider When Moving to A New City

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You’ve got a new job, or maybe you are dating someone and your relationship has progressed to the next level and you find yourself moving to a new city. Your emotions are a mixed bag of nervousness, excitement, and apprehension, but you are ready to make the big move.

There are many things to consider when moving to a new city. We want you to be prepared and ready to take on this big change in your life and know all the possible costs so that you will find it a joyful experience and not one that you are dreading.

Job Selection

If you are moving to a new city for a significant other, this is something that may impact your decision. If your career requires that you teach people how to ski but where you plan to move stays warm throughout the year with no snow, you may have to re-evaluate your career path.
Before you take the big jump, check out some online job listings and see if any of them would be a good fit for you. You may also want to get a local phone number to remove any questions about where you live.

If you are already relocating for the sake of a job, be sure that you are making the correct move and that there is room for progression in your chosen career. Your significant other may want to stay back for a while until you have had a chance to get through the probationary period and your job is more secure and appears to be long-term.

The Cost of Living

The cost of living varies quite considerably from one city to another, let alone one state to another. Will you be paying double the rent? Will food or utility costs be increased? Or perhaps your rent will be significantly cheaper, but maybe your salary will reflect that, how will you handle making less money?

The way to be successful with this sort of change is to make sure that you budget your money well. Not just in relation to the money you will need once you get there, but also to cover moving costs, even possibly long-distance movers, sending over your belongings and having to do without until everything arrives (for example, no pots and pans means lots of take-out food.)

Do I Know Anyone?

You may or may not be moving with a companion, but even if you are, if they are the only other person you know, this will be a challenge. Leaving family and friends and then moving to a new city where you will have to make friends again takes time, and not everyone finds that easy to do.

Add in costs of traveling back and forth to see family and friends, and you may find this quite stressful. Try to build new connections quickly by going out for a drink with coworkers after work or by joining a group activity that will include meeting people with similar interests to yours.

If you are planning on making the big move by yourself, finding an apartment to rent that comes with a roommate may also be a great way to make some friends and meet some new people. This will also be a great way to save the cost of having to cover a place all by yourself.

How Will I Get Around?

Moving from a city that is known for its great public transit system to a new city where everyone drives may come as a surprise. It will also directly affect your commute to work as well as how you get around the city; you may not even currently own a car.

Taking a taxi everywhere or having to buy or even lease a car would be another added expense, plus, another change to the routine you have done for a long time. Do a test run to see if this is something you could handle on a daily basis and be sure to do your research before calling any committing to the move.

What Will I Take with Me?

You may already have a 12-piece dish set, two couches, and the comfiest bed in the whole world, but that doesn’t mean you will be able to take it all with you when you move to a new city. You will have to make some sacrifices and some tough decisions; a detailed list will help with this.

Think of this move like the beginning of a new relationship, when you first start dating someone you may leave a few of your favorite things over at their place; your move to a new city will be the same. Take the most important stuff, and if the move becomes more serious, that is more permanent, you can consider having someone send your comfy bed.

Selecting a Storage Unit

And while we are on the subject of leaving some personal possessions behind, you will need to set yourself up with a storage unit to hold onto the things that you cannot take just yet. Be realistic with the size, if you have a lot of large pieces of furniture you will need a larger unit, if however, it is mainly boxes of knickknacks and smaller items, a smaller unit will be in order. Your mover can help you decide what size storage unit you need and most can even store your items.

Learn About the City

Moving to a new city and not being prepared with what to expect is the fastest way to hate it the moment you get there. Do some research into the city and find out what it has to offer. If you really like museums, visit the city’s museums. If you love microbreweries see if there are any in the area and perhaps select your new apartment to be close to some popular ones.

By putting in the time to get to know a city before you make the big move you will find yourself feeling excited to experience all that it has to offer. And be sure to find a similar place to your current city that will make it feel more like home.

If, for example, you like to go for a walk in the woods, see if you can find a nearby park or wooded area in your new city to help ease the transition. Don’t be too quick to compare your old city with the new one either, learn to appreciate the differences.

Embrace Your Homesickness with Some Comfort from Home

Maybe there is a bakery just around the corner from your current home that always makes the most delicious scones or a café that makes the best coffee in all of the city. Get a friend or loved one to make a care package with the missed items and get them to send it to you.

Moving to a new city can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be. By being prepared and therefore helping to eliminate any unexpected negative surprises, you will find that you will experience a smoother transition to your new place of residence.

If you have made the decision to move but haven’t found a place to rent yet, then be sure to check out some great listings here.

Author’s Bio

Danielle thrives on researching and writing on all aspects of life. Further to writing for Zumper blog and personal finance, she is an advocate of self-improvement and living a life that is both financially responsible and knowledgeable. When she is not on her computer, she can be found spending time with her husband and two sons.

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It’s Time To Move Out Of Your Apartment; How To Get Your Security Deposit Back

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Whether you’ve lived in your apartment six months or six years, there’s sure to be some signs that yes, someone has lived there. Perhaps the carpet is a bit worn, perhaps there is a small stain on the hardwood floor or some holes in the wall. While a landlord legally needs to expect some wear and tear, it’s sometimes a struggle getting them to accept that fact. The best way to guarantee you’ll get your deposit back, other than abiding by the terms of the lease, is if you leave your apartment in the best condition possible — and that means cleaning.

The last thing you want to think about as you’re about to enter your next life adventure is cleaning the place you’re leaving behind, but for the cash, it’s definitely worth it. Fortunately, the American Apartment Owners Association has released a checklist for getting your apartment in shipshape. Frankly, it’s a helpful list for your spring cleaning as well.

You can download the list for free here.

This isn’t the time to cut corners. One in four renters never get their security deposits back. Interestingly, it seems there is more pressure for women to keep a clean place than there is for men. While many lost their deposits for reasons like breaking the lease, many lost theirs for inexplicable reasons.

The biggest reason for landlords withholding security deposits was a tenant moving out early, according to the survey. Almost half — 44 percent — of renters ages 18 to 24 and 33 percent of men who responded to the survey cited breaking the lease agreement as the reason they didn’t get their security deposits back. Nine percent of women and 3 percent of men in the survey of 1,000 respondents said that they lost their security deposits because of pet damage.

But the most alarming statistic: 36 percent of respondents said that their landlords offered no explanation at all for why they were withholding security deposits.


Fortunately for renters, California laws are pretty much on their side, with some exceptions, and cleaning is one of them.

In California, there are only four reasons why a landlord may withhold a security deposit: to cover unpaid rent, to clean the rental when a tenant moves out, to repair damages caused by the renter, or to replace furnishings (only if the lease agreement explicitly states that this is allowable).

With our exorbitant rents, it’s definitely worth it to spend a few additional hours, even if you have to hire someone, so you get back what’s rightfully yours.

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Is The Moving Industry Really The Most Crooked In The Country?

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For the last couple of decades, the moving industry has suffered from a bad case of public relations blues, some of it earned, some of it not. Between horror stories shown on network TV, websites like and this Newsweek article from last month, it’s no wonder truck rental companies are so popular. Is this reputation deserved, though? The facts say no.

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Image via Wikimedia.

The American Moving and Storage Association is the trade association for the moving industry, so yes, they are biased, but at the same time, it’s in their best interests to ensure that the companies represented by them are top notch. They responded to the blistering Newsweek article. Here’s some of the response:

“In response to the Dec. 9 article, “Why the Moving Industry Is Filled with Fraudsters and Scam Artists,” millions of Americans move every year and the vast majority of professional moves end with satisfied customers. While there are criminals in every industry, their actions should not be used to unfairly smear the nearly 200,000 Americans—ranging from small family-run businesses to national van lines—who work for the professional moving and storage industry.

This story bears no relation to the wildly inaccurate headline attached to it. Only a couple of victims and a couple of fraudsters or scam artists are referenced, with none of the moves taking place in the past four years. This is hardly evidence of an industry “filled with” this problem.

Let’s look at the facts. According to data from the National Consumer Complaint Database, there were 3,030 complaints nationwide about household goods moves in 2015, while there were 364 complaints about “hostage loads.” These are a tiny fraction of the 800,000 interstate moves estimated to occur annually by the U.S. Census.

This in no way disputes the fact that yes, there are scam moving companies and they make us all look bad, but most are unlicensed and most are companies that are only around for a year or two. It’s true, anyone can buy a truck and call themselves a mover, but real movers have to go through steps, like licensing, that helps ensure that they will obey the laws.

Of course, every moving company has unhappy customers. Trucks break down, delays happen, sometimes things get broken and occasionally, left on the truck, but most moving companies have honest intentions.

That being said, it’s always good to do your homework. Take a look at the sites above and make sure the companies you’re looking at are properly licensed and they have decent reputations. Yelp is also a big help. Protect yourself, but don’t feel that hiring movers is too risky. There are bad apples in every industry, but overall, the moving industry is pretty safe.

It’s A Moving Miracle – Cat Survives Being Moved To Hawaii In A Box

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Ninja Movers are always careful about what we pack, but even we’ve had the occasional packing error. A few full trash cans have been packed (one man’s trash is another man’s treasure), but I can say with full confidence that we have never, ever packed a pet. Unfortunately, that did happen with one move, but the results, which could have been disastrous, were miraculous.

In September, the Barth family moved from Long Island to Hawaii. Shortly after the movers left, the Barths noticed that their cat, Mee Moowe, went missing.

“I was really worried and starting to think the worst,” Barth said. “Maybe she ran away, maybe the movers scared her and she decided it was too much noise and she took off.”

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They stayed behind looking for Mee Moowe as long as they could, but eventually, they had to leave.

Hawaii moves are a bit different from Continental U.S. moves in that the movers need to cross an ocean, which considerably slows down the process. It took 36 days for the Barths belongings to arrive in Hawaii and when they started to unpack, they heard a faint “meow.”

Mee Moowe had been packed into one of the boxes. She wasn’t healthy after more than three months with no food or water. Her eyes were crusted shut. She was anemic and dramatically thinner, but she had survived.

Mee Moowe is doing better, but she’s not completely reunited with her family yet. She was supposed to receive shots before moving to Hawaii and since she didn’t, she’s being quarantined at a veterinarian’s office at a cost of $4,000.

The moving company’s name hasn’t been released and they haven’t yet commented, but I can assure you that stories of pets accidentally being packed and moved are very rare.

For now, though, we’re just delighted that the Barth’s kitty will soon be joining them in their new Hawaiian home.

To prevent possible mistakes, including the far more realistic possibility that a pet could slip out the door during the move, it’s usually best to have pets stay with friends or family.

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How To Plan Moving And Making It Stress Free

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How to plan moving and making it stress free Moving house is one of the biggest and stressful events of an individual’s life. The only way to make it smoother and easier is to plan the thing quite earlier. The introduction of moving and removal companies has made the things quite easier. A large list of moving companies can be found over the World Wide Web but not each of them is trustworthy. These companies can help you in packing up your belongings, moving your valuables form one place to another and also storing them (if needed). In many cases, it is required to store your furniture and other such items in some storage while moving. The storage solutions provided by such companies are quite affordable and cost effective. There are also specific companies available that only does provide you with the storage solutions. They offer you portable containers that can be used as units for storage. No matter what kind of removal it is, these removal companies are a big help. Today, it is getting really inconvenient to perform large house removals and office removals without consulting with one of these companies. The only thing is to search for a reliable company so that you can get stress free.

The professional removal experts can also give you the best of the advices for your home removal. These removal companies do offer the clients with complete services starting from giving you suggestions regarding the moving, helping you out in packing your stuff and then finally letting you to move from old place to new place. All these tasks are done very smoothly by these companies and are completely hassle free. You can easily search for these companies on internet and through yellow pages and directories. You can also ask these companies to perform a survey of your house and give you suggestions regarding moving and removals. There are many companies that offer these removal surveys. This will also help you out in making your moving process simpler. While surveying your home the surveyor will guide you and will discuss the moving plan with you. He will give you the plan for dismantling of furniture and for packing up your belongings. By hiring such a reliable company, you can become <a href=””>tension</a> free after handing over your possessions to the professional movers.

If you are planning to move to some new country then these companies are still there to help you out. These companies also do offer international removal and moving services. Moving home or office within the same city is still easier and one can try to perform this without taking the help from some professional company but international removals are not easier and must not be handled alone. It is better to take help from some professional movers in case of international removal. In case of international removals you will necessarily need storage containers that can be provided by the companies. The international removals cannot be performed without the storage containers as these removals might take long to get completed. Also, there can be some conditions under which it is not possible to continue the removal or moving process. Such conditions might include bad weather and at this stage you definitely need to store your belongings at some safe place. Relocation can be best performed with the help of professionals. They know what they have to do and can also perform their job within the estimated time. So, never hesitate in hiring a removal company to make your move successful. Home removals Shepherds Bush

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