If you are considering a relocation, then this is for you. Whether you are relocating for a new job, a different culture, or for your retirement, I hope this list of relocation tips can help guide your relocation process. If you are relocating to the Asheville area, reach out to me for guidance residential communities, local happenings, schools, and more. 

Stay Organized & Plan Ahead

Relocating to a new city requires organization on all fronts. When I say “stay organized,” I am referring to finances, moving logistics, job transition, family priorities (school, daycare, and activities), and other essential relocation tasks. Make a list of your top priorities and then create a plan for making them happen.

If you are boxing up your home and loading it onto a truck, make sure you start collecting packing materials and organizing your belongings well ahead of schedule. If your children need daycare, start arranging this as soon as possible. Planning ahead and staying organized can help you achieve a smooth transition and minimize road bumps in your relocation process.

Ask for Assistance

If your job does not offer a relocation package, you can still ask them about financial assistance. If you are moving for other reasons, be sure to request emotional or logistical assistance from your friends and family when applicable. Don’t be afraid to reach out to your close network as you transition- relocating is a complicated task!

You can also look into resources available to you in your new city. Check with the Chamber of Commerce and other city offices for new resident assistance and social programs. Asking for assistance from the start is key, since it is hard to reach out once you are feeling overwhelmed by your relocation.

If Possible, Visit Your New City

This is especially important if you are buying a home! A website can only go so far- you need to get a feel for your new neighborhood in person. Walking and driving around will help you get the lay of the land and figure out where you want to live.

If you are buying a home in your new location, reach out to a local real estate agent with experience in the area. This contact can help guide your search and provide input on school districts, home value trends, and neighborhood characteristics. 

Build a Network

Start building your local network as quickly as possible. This group will be helpful for guiding your relocation and finding a new job, if you aren’t moving with or for one. You can start by joining local Facebook groups, reaching out to friends or family in the area, and asking your current network if they know anyone in your new city.

Cultivate these relationships before you arrive and then be sure to proactively arrange coffee and lunch dates once you move. Your network will naturally expand as you are introduced to new people. Once you arrive in your new city, find local meet-ups, clubs, and activities.

Know the Cost of Living

Before you move, it is important to understand the cost of living in your new home. More than home costs or rent, you want to do some research into your other daily, weekly, and monthly costs. Things to consider include utilities, childcare or school, after school activities, gym membership, entertainment, food and beverage, and shopping.

If you are paying for something in your current location, take the time to figure out how much that same product or service costs in your new city. This will eliminate sticker shock and help you plan and budget.

Celebrate the Small Wins

As you get used to your new routine, make sure to enjoy and celebrate the everyday victories. Whether it’s discovering your favorite local coffee shop or finally figuring out the back roads to the grocery store - take a moment to appreciate it!