Getting Started

Moving to a new city can be both exciting and a little scary. However, with thought and preparation, the unknown can become an adventure. There are many factors to consider when creating a moving checklist, and this list will vary from one person to another. We all have different needs, tastes, and motivations guiding us how to move forward. The one factor that doesn’t vary is that we all need a place to live.

Managing Your Funds

One of the first factors to consider is finance. If you’re moving for a new job, you’re off to a good start. Perhaps your company has relocation services to ease your transition, and supply you with information on the city’s living, dining, shopping, and recreational options. If you do not have a job, you’ll need to be creative and resourceful.

Perhaps you have something to sell. Clothing, furniture, electronics, books, and more can become profitable items with the right customer. Selling items yourself can take some time, but using online marketplaces or joint yard sales with family and friends can be great ways to find income. If you lack the time or patience to sell on your own, resale shops could work, but you’ll likely make less profit. Another advantage of selling items is less need for a moving truck.

Doing Your Homework

While you’re watching your money, you’ll want to get to know your city before you arrive. Typing your new city’s name into your favorite internet search engine will likely show city government, convention bureau, chamber of commerce, and local news station websites among its top results. All of these are great sources, and once you’re closer to selecting where you want to live, you can also use your search engine’s map function to get an improvised snapshot of nearby amenities.

For example, if you are considering West Houston, you can type in the location of the MonteBello Gardens Apartments. You’ll quickly see MonteBello Gardens’ close proximity to restaurants such as the highly popular Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, as well as 24 hour eateries like House of Pies and Chacho’s. Dave & Buster’s and Richmond Arms have you covered on entertainment, and pulling out a little further displays Texas’ largest mall, The Galleria. Furthermore, if you’re looking for work, these are all potential employment options.

Splitting the Cost

If paying living expenses on your own makes you feel uneasy, consider finding a roommate.

You can start your search in your existing circle. If you know of a trusted, responsible friend or relative looking for a change, you may want to invite them to travel with you, and sign on with you to pay a lease. You’ll have company, as well as a financial partner.

If finding someone you know is a challenge, you may also approach reputable third parties to help find someone for you. These parties may include churches, community organizations, or even fellow staff at your job. To repeat, it helps to be creative and resourceful.

Narrowing It Down

You are not alone in your search for a great home; management teams are available to help you find a suitable place. You can take your next step by simply making a call.