How to Move From the Suburbs to the City

There’s no question that moving to any new home or location comes with its own set of challenges and adaptations to make – and unfortunately, it’s its own set of stresses sometimes. Moving from rural areas to more urban settings or from the suburbs to the city can come with its own unique set of obstacles, from your initial transition and getting all of your items to this new area to settling into this new environment. 

After all, you might be used to the spread-out nature of the countryside or suburbia, and being met with the tight hallways and narrow hallways of city living could be something you hadn’t considered upon your decision to move. Additionally, you’ll have to adapt to what could be a more compact living situation in general than you’re used to. 

That said, there are plenty of ways to make your move as smooth as possible and to ease your moving pains and to get used to city living. The following tips are some of the best ways to make a move to the city easy and to settle in comfortably.  

  • Declutter & Downsize

When moving from a larger house in the country or suburbia to a city apartment or townhome, odds are you’re going to have less space than you’re used to. Plus, the last thing you want to do when moving is take a bunch of unnecessary items with you that you don’t have room for and don’t use anyway. 

Instead, avoid this issue by decluttering your home before you start packing. If half of your closet is full of clothing you don’t wear, clear them out and bring them to a donation center or consignment shop, or list them online for sale. If they’re in particularly poor condition, see if you can throw them out in a way that isn’t too wasteful, or recycle them.

For larger items or furniture, there are also plenty of organizations that will take things like bedroom or living room furniture or appliances still in good condition – and will even pick them up for you. This can make a world of difference in the awkward or chaotic transitions move can sometimes end up being, and can give you the opportunity for a fresh start with new items to fit in your new place. 

  1. Know the Layout of Your New Place

With city apartments or smaller spaces, the layout is key. It can make all of the difference between fitting all of your items into your space comfortably and being left with awkward spaces or not enough room to fit your things at all. 

Ask your property manager or landlord for a floor plan for your new place, and take measurements yourself if you can. It can be easy to overlook but don’t forget to measure your new doorways as well. Your couch might be able to fit in your new living room, but that doesn’t do you much good if you can’t get it through the door, after all.  

To make your actual move easier, you should also take note of how many stairs you’ll have to bring things up, or any elevators that could possibly make things easier. You can talk to your property manager or landlord to see if there are ways to make your move easier if you’re moving into a building. 

  • Plan Out Routes & Parking

When moving into a city, especially if you’re moving into an especially packed or close-quartered area of a large city, you should always assess the roads around the area you’re moving to, as well as the parking situation. Is it street parking only? Is it on a main road, or off a small backstreet? Consider whether you’ll have to block off a space or the street itself for your movers to unload your items. If so, you’ll need an appropriate permit to do so legally. You should also let your moving company know ahead of time as to where they’ll be able to park or position the truck to keep things running smoothly. 

As far as the route you’ll take to get to your new place, you should also plan this out to make navigating easier for yourself, or to warn your movers as to any potential obstacles they might face on the way. Map out your route to avoid toll roads, one-ways, or streets your car or a moving truck might not be able to fit down. 

If you’re able to go to your building or apartment ahead of time, take note of these things to give your Ohio movers notice as well. If you’re unable to, talk to your landlord about anything you’ll potentially need to know about the area, parking, or roads to get ahead of anything potentially inconvenient.  

Moving to a new city is incredibly exciting, but can be stressful if you don’t know what to expect or if you’re completely unprepared. Plan ahead and save yourself from unwelcome surprises, and weed out any items you don’t need to bring with you to make your relocation as smooth as possible. If you plan things out, you’ll save yourself a lot of unneeded stress and headaches and will make your move a lot more efficient. 

Looking for the best Ohio moving company to help with your transition from suburbs to city living? See what RLDMoving & Storage can do as your local and long-distance moving company. With the right pricing, best customer service, and an enhanced overall moving experience, you’ll have a smooth and efficient relocation that will relieve you of stress and let you settle into your new home quickly and easily. 

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