Out of state moving can be a daunting task – many people feel overwhelmed when they reach their new location. To keep you from making common mistakes, here are three things you should avoid doing when planning your move:
Don’t Move Without First Visiting the Area
Many people make the mistake of moving to a new state without first checking the area out. Particularly if your current employer asks you to relocate at relatively short notice, you may feel like there isn’t enough time to visit the area and become acquainted with the neighborhoods. However, this is a major mistake as blindly moving to a new location can quickly overwhelm you.
As such, make sure you take the chance to visit the area and give yourself a chance to know the lay of the land. Even though the appeal of Los Angeles or New York may seem enough to merit a move, it’s important that you experience the area firsthand prior to packing up and setting off. While the internet has made it far easier to source “hotspots” in a city, visiting by yourself will allow you to find out which areas are best to live, where the best schools are, and where the main transportation links are located.
Don’t Move Without Employment Opportunities
This doesn’t mean that you should only move when you have a secure job in place. On the contrary, packing up and moving to a new city can give your career a new sense of vigor that is required to keep you motivated and focused. However, you should always make sure that there are suitable employment opportunities available before committing yourself to moving out of state.
Thankfully, the internet has made it extremely easy to source potential employers before leaving your home state. The widespread use of social media means that it’s very likely you’ll know someone in your new city, and if you don’t, you can easily find people. This gives you the unparalleled opportunity to network before moving, meaning you will have contacts ready to go once you arrive in your new state.
To make your move go as smoothly as possible, and to stop you from returning home at the first difficulty, try and have around five contacts set up before you leave. Whether it’s a potential employer, a friend in your industry, or even just a recruitment agent who can get you in the door, having these vital contacts will give you the peace of mind you need when adapting to your new environment.
Don’t Think That Friends Will Come Without Effort
One of the biggest fears people have when moving to a new state is that they won’t have any friends. These same people sometimes make the mistake of moving to a new area and not making a conscious effort to get out and meet new friends. It was so easy to meet new people growing up, why is it more difficult when you’re in your 20s or 30s?
It’s a sad fact of life, but it is indeed much harder to make new friends as you grow older. The reason for this is that school and college forced you to meet new people, which over time caused friendships to blossom. However, outside of the office, it can be difficult to meet new people unless you make a concerted effort to do so.
As such, recognize that making new acquaintances in your area will require more effort on your behalf. Whether it’s joining a sports team, attending a networking event or even just going to a coffee shop and opening conversation with someone, realize that it may take some time to develop strong relationships. Therefore, it’s best to get started as soon as you arrive!
While moving to a new home might be an exciting experience for you, it can cause lots of insecurity and stress for your pooch. Dogs count on routine, and when things around the home start to change, they don’t understand what’s going on, which may result in bathroom accidents in the house, excessive barking, and even vomiting. To make the process of moving less stressful on your furry family member, consider implementing these methods throughout the process of your move:
Focus on Exercise
Dogs thrive when they’re exercised well because they don’t have any pent up energy to deal with that can exacerbate their stress. A long walk of at least thirty minutes in the morning and some playtime outside will do wonders for your dog’s stress levels while you’re busy packing boxes and moving things around the house.
If you don’t have the time for a long walk, you can train your dog to walk on a treadmill in your home if you have one. Start by putting your dog on the treadmill so he gets comfortable with the situation and then turn it on low while offering treats as he walks to keep him on the machine. If you don’t have a treadmill you can throw toys up and down the stairs so they can run and chase them, or use a laser pointer to get your pooch safely active indoors.
Maintain a “Safe” Room
When you’re getting ready to pack, organize the process so that a room in your home can be used as a safe space for your dog. The room should have familiar items in it along with bedding, toys, and food dishes. Your pooch can hang out in the room with the door closed while you’re packing the rest of your house to keep stress levels low.
You should also set up a space in an empty room with your dog’s bedding and toys where they can stay while your moving company transfers your boxes and furniture out of the house. This will eliminate the chance of him running out the door and getting lost during the hectic moving process.
Invest in a Comfy Crate
It’s a good idea to invest in a comfortable crate that your dog can be transported in from your old house to your new one for their safety and your peace of mind while you’re on the road. The crate will come in handy when you get to your new place too, as they’ll be able to rest in a familiar space while they get use to their new surroundings.
Put your dog’s favorite bedding and a couple of toys in the crate to keep them comfortable and give them some entertainment. If possible, avoid crates that are all wire and choose one with a solid top and sides so it acts like a cave – your dog will be less likely to feel vulnerable and exposed when solid walls and a roof are in place.
Introduce the New Place Slowly
When you get to your new home, your dog won’t understand that it’s where they will be living from now on, so they’ll need to slowly get used to and comfortable with the space before getting full access inside or out. Start by putting the dog’s crate in a quiet room of the house and letting them spend an hour or two getting used to the sights, sounds, and smells.
Then open the crate door but keep the room door closed so they can explore the space when they’re comfortable. Once your dog is stress-free while spending time in the room, open the door and let them check out the other rooms of the house. Your dog should always be kept on a leash or in a fenced yard for the first couple of weeks after moving so they don’t run away in hopes of finding their old home.
By using these techniques, you’ll maintain a safe and comfortable atmosphere for your pooch and help to reduce stress levels for everyone in the household.
For more moving tips, you may want to contact a local moving company like Wheaton World Wide Moving.