7 Crucial Things to Do Before You Move to a New City

Sonia Figueroa
Sonia Figueroa
Published on November 13, 2018

7 Crucial Things to Do Before You Move to a New City

Chicago is a place of vibrant culture and exciting attractions. If you’ve decided to make the move to the Windy City, get ready for an environment filled with towering skyscrapers, interesting people, and unique neighborhoods. Of course, a change in scenery isn’t the only thing you’ll need to prepare yourself for if you want to live successfully in Chicago. After all, moving home is a big task – even when you’re just traveling a few miles away. Moving to a new city can be another challenge entirely.

If you’ve set your heart on a move to Chicago, it’s important to make sure that you know as much as possible about your upcoming transition before it happens. The following tips will help you to prepare for a successful move to your new city.

1. Do Your Research

The most obvious way to get started when you’re moving somewhere new is to do your research. Learn everything there is to know about Chicago, including what the neighborhoods are like, what the cost of living might be, how much you can expect to pay on your rent or mortgage, and whether there are any jobs available. 

The more you know about your new destination, the less of a culture shock you’ll get when you make the move. After all, there’s bound to be at least some differences that apply to your situation, even if it’s just a change in public transport.

2. Scope Out Your New Home

With the help of a good Chicago Realtor, you shouldn’t have much trouble finding a fantastic house in Chicago. There are plenty of homes out there brimming with their own distinct charm. The only problem is, if you’re moving to a new city that’s far away from where you currently live, you might have some trouble traveling backward and forwards to check out what you’re buying.

Don’t be tempted to simply rely on the photographs to tell you the whole story of what you can expect from your new property. Make sure that you hire a professional to inspect your roof for you, as well as anything else that might affect the long-term stability of your investment. The more you know about every broken handle, potential source of damp, and wonky door frame, the easier it will be to make a reasonable offer on the house and improve your chances of saving money.

3. Set your Moving Budget

When you made the decision to move to Chicago, you probably had a basic budget in mind to help you choose the right house for you and your family. While we’d all love to live in huge, beautiful homes, most of us are driven by a commitment to our budget, and it’s important not to let yourself get carried away and start spending money you don’t have.

Once you’ve found the home of your dreams, your budgeting experience isn’t necessarily over. You’ll need to make sure that you have a spending plan in mind for moving too. After all, when it’s all added up, the cost of a moving truck, shipping items, and even storing things that you can’t send to your house straight away can all add up. Plan for what you’ll need to pay for and try to set a budget that you can stick to. Remember to be realistic here, but look for ways to cut costs too, like asking your friends and family members for help.

4. Know your Career and Financial Situation

There are plenty of reasons why moving to a new city can be a complicated experience. For instance, you need to know how far the average dollar stretches in your new city, which means that you’re going to have to research things like transportation, housing costs, and food prices. Even your healthcare expenses could change.

During the research phase of your move, make sure that you add up all of the costs of living in your new home, and think about how your new career will cover you. If you already have a job lined up, it should be pretty easy to compare outgoing expenses to your incoming salary. However, if you don’t have a job just yet, you’ll need to think about how long your savings will last you while you try to find an adequate career.

5. Get Rid of Anything You Don’t Need

Moving to a new house is an excellent excuse to declutter and get rid of the items that you no longer want or need. While a standard move could be enough to have you hiring a skip and throwing things away, the chances are that moving to new city will force you to be a lot more critical about the things you can’t bear to leave behind.


Moving to a new city becomes more expensive when you have countless items to take with you – particularly if those things are big and cumbersome. After choosing to move to Chicago, sit down with your family and go through all of your items, with a pile for “keep”, and a pile for “donate” or “throw away”. It’s going to be tough, but you’ll have to be brutal if you want to keep costs low.

6. Gather the Supplies

With your home now clutter-free, you’ll be ready to start hoarding essential moving supplies, including cardboard boxes, bubble wrap, packing tape, and even old newspapers if you run out of other materials. Remember, you might not have to overpay on your cardboard boxes if you’re willing to walk around a few local businesses and ask for the boxes they might be throwing away.

Additionally, make sure that you have a sharpie on hand, or a reliable marker so that you can label each of the boxes that you pack up. Labeling can save you a lot of time when it comes to unpacking in your new home.

7. Say Goodbye

Finally, no matter how hectic the moving process seems to be, it’s important to set aside some time to say goodbye to the people you’re leaving behind. Remember, you’ll still have chances to see them again, but it’s important to get some closure on this stage of your life. A good farewell party or get together can help you to leave your old city on good terms and prepare for the future.

This is a guest blog post written by our friends Bellhops Moving in Chicago

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