Family persuasion and the heart longing for the perfect place to live should not be the reason for moving. I write this from experience moving from Northern California, the Redwood Coast, to the Northeastern Georgia Mountains. Both have their charm and beauty and very different living environment.
My five tips to share with you that did help me in my move were these:
Research the area demographics, not only population but restaurants and shopping. Our everyday indulgences that we take for granted might be important and difficult to give up. Does the town have rapid transportation, taxis? How far is the airport for air travel?
Find out what insurance companies are accepted by the local doctors and hospitals for coverage. Don’t believe that your provider is allowed in your new town. This could be costly; I had only two companies to choose from.
Exploring moving companies was my first focus after I made the decision to move; will I pack myself and hire a shipping company to pick up my household goods or hire a moving company that did it all from packing to delivery to the new home? My choice was to pack myself, load a trailer that was dropped shipped to my house and fill it with the boxes within the specific time period I had contracted for.
I used a numbering methodology; organizing boxes numerically by rooms. I took in consideration the room items, were they heavy, large in size? Purchase good strong boxes to handle the weight, the heavier boxes should be on the bottom and not stacked high in the moving trailer.
Research the road trip if driving yourself so that you can be at the new location before the moving van. What month is it scheduled for? Holidays, summer vacations and weather for road trips all play into factoring of hotel availability, road congestion, and stormy conditions which can cause travel delays. Air travel will also play into some of these and should be considered.
I have been asked why I made this move, but then that is another story to tell, not here this time.