5 Tips on Moving to a New City
I moved to the concrete jungle in June of 2017 on a whim. I took a leap of faith, and a low-paying job to start what I considered to be a new life -- and that it was. Along the way, I picked up a few tips and tricks on moving to a new city that I thought to share with you!
1. If You Can, Secure a Job First
When moving to a new city or state, it's best to go with a job waiting for you when you arrive. That's because most landlords, renters, and subletters will want to see your three most recent paystubs or proof of employment before you move-in. It also takes time to find a job and go on interviews. Sometimes, months. So getting a job first is just for good measure.
I moved to New York City on June 3 and started my paid internship on June 5. The transition was smooth because I didn't miss more than a week of work before I began my next job. I was able to get back into the groove of working a 40-hour week pretty easily. And best of all, I didn't miss a pay-period.
2. Budget and Save
I can't stress this enough! Having a debt to pay off while trying to save is tough. I suggest starting there. Then, save as much as you can for moving costs, new living expenses, and anything else you'll need in the new city.
Once I landed a job in New York, I immediately thought about my credit card debt. The first thing I did was go down to my local credit union and took out a loan for the exact costs. My loan will be paid off in less than two years. I was able to save up a little more than 3 months of rent as well as money for living expenses in the new city -- groceries, transportation, etc.
3. Score a Place to Live
Do research on the type of area you want to live. Decide what your non-negotiables are. Then, hone in on a few neighborhoods and start your search for a place there. Use websites like Facebook, Craigslist, Roomster, Nooklyn (exclusive to NY), Zillow, and StreetEasy to find an apartment or a room to rent. I suggest considering getting a roommate, or two, or three. Some tons of people in your exact situation are looking for other people to room with!
I was really lucky and already had family living in New York to help me find a place to live. I ended up renting a room in Manhattan for three months at a family friend's place. At the end of the three months, I decided I wanted to move to Brooklyn. I found a sick-ass 2-floor, 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom, 2-living room apartment with three roommates already living there on Facebook. I moved in August of 2017 and have been living here happily ever after!
4. Think Minimal When Packing
Seriously, you don't need everything. I suggest making three piles when going through your items -- a keep pile, a giveaway/donate pile, and a throwaway pile. Combining this method with the Konmari method was life-changing when it came to deciding what I was bringing with me to New York. I ended up moving to New York with one suitcase, one duffle bag, and my purse!
5. Cut the Umbilical Cord and Just F'n Go for It
I had many doubts and even more people telling me that I was making a mistake. Thank goodness I didn't listen to them. And, you shouldn't either. Trust me, take the leap of faith and just do it!