“Don’t dive in headfirst.”
If you dive into something headfirst, oftentimes you are more excited and even less prepared. A huge decision, like relocating to a new city, whether it be for a job or for a change of scenery, deserves a well-thought ahead plan. Before taking the leap, there are a couple of things you should do. Read on to learn about four.
Scope out your new location!
If you can, go check out the city to make sure this is the place where you want to live. Remember, you are not visiting as someone on a vacation, you are viewing it as a resident! Spend a day or two as you would if you were a local. Check out the grocery stores, nearby amenities and entertainment in the city.
A new neighbourhood
Do not buy until you have found the right neighbourhood and the essential amenities you will need. Doctors? Dentist? Childcare? Pet services? These are all important factors when choosing your new neighbourhood. Try not to focus on neighbourhoods based on price points but instead what they offer specifically to you.
Get your finances in order
In today’s economy, you will want to be sure that this is a feasibly responsible decision. Figure out your income and living expenses. Create a budget and make sure to have a back-up plan.
Figure out how you will get around. Will you need to buy a car? Will you need to pay for a parking spot for your car? Will you have to buy a train or subway pass? It is an expense that must be taken care of and considered.