Moving to a new city can be an intimidating proposition. Here are a few tips to help make your move as painless as possible, and maybe a little fun.

Research before you move. It’s important to understand your new city. Do online research to learn about neighborhoods, the school systems, parks, public transportation, weather, and libraries. If you can, visit the city before moving and connect with someone who’s lived there before.

Have a plan. There are many things to think through and process before you start packing and calling the moving truck. Find a trusted Realtor and lender to start receiving home searches and information. They can be a valuable source for a plethora of necessities. Start the steps to find a home by making a house-finding-trip if possible to be able to line up a home before you move, or at least know where you’ll stay while you look for your home. If you haven’t seen the lease on an apartment or home, don’t ever sign it. Find a trusted friend or family to check it for you. Arranging things like car insurance, driver’s licenses, and parking passes ahead may be possible and most helpful.

Mind your budget. Moving can be expensive. Set out the known costs such as a moving truck, boxes, hired movers, housing, utilities, food, gas, insurance and also plan for some unknowns as well. The more contingency plans and funds you are able to have tucked away, the less the surprises of life will negatively affect your budget.

Get involved. Meeting people can be intimidating, especially if you feel outnumbered. The neighbors here in Greater Columbia, SC might just knock on your door with a casserole or a cold glass of sweet tea when you arrive, brought over by a smile and a wave. You can plan to take the initiative too. If there are things you liked to do in your town, find ways to do those things in your new city. Try new things as well, including volunteering. Food Banks, animal shelters, shelters for the homeless are just some of them. Find a new church or Bible Study to meet the people. Each new area offers so many opportunities to engage other people, so find what you like and reach out to others that may enjoy it with you and start the fun together.

Columbia, SC has an amazing zoo, gardens and activities, many parks, rivers, walking paths, markets, events, restaurants, libraries, live music, festivals, their own baseball team – The Fireflies, Lake Murray with all the water sports and several state parks and forests that can keep a family busy and having fun for a long time. It will soon seem just like home, and you will love buying your home in Columbia, SC.

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