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Moving to the Big City (Like Los Angeles)

Barry Gray

Barry Gray is a Broker Associate and Senior Partner at Deasy Penner Podley, a real estate brokerage specializing in the marketing and sale of resident...

Barry Gray is a Broker Associate and Senior Partner at Deasy Penner Podley, a real estate brokerage specializing in the marketing and sale of resident...

Jun 18 4 minutes read

Moving always represents a big change in your life. When you move from a small, rural area to the big city, you're in for a huge change. The city is exciting and tends to have an almost overwhelming number of options for daily life. Think things through before you go, and be prepared for your new life. Here are a few suggestions from Ray Flynn of diyguys.net


1. Moving.

The move itself can be difficult or very simple, depending on whether you're upsizing or downsizing. In general, you tend to have less space in a city than in a rural area, as space is at a premium. Consider using a moving company to handle your things, so all you have to do is get yourself there and unpack.

If you're still looking for just the right place, a real estate agent in your new home city is a great help. They know all about the different neighborhoods in the city and can lead you toward the place that supports the type of life you're looking for. They can also help you find a new home that fits your budget. Real estate agents can often help with finding rentals if you are not quite ready to buy your own place yet.


2. Budgeting.

Everyone knows rents are higher in big cities, but not everyone realizes that the daily cost of living tends to be higher as well. You'll usually pay more for groceries, gas, utilities, and all your other daily needs. Be sure you account for this when making your new budget. A cost-of-living comparison tool helps you understand just what to expect.


3. Working.

You may be moving for a new job or hoping to find a new job in the city. Either way, freshen up your resume, and dress professionally for any interviews.

If your real passion is to spend more time in the city, consider starting your own business. This could give you plenty of time to get to know the area while earning extra cash in a side hustle or in an endeavor that's your main occupation. Before you decide, write a business plan. It details all the information on your company, including its business structure, funding, and the products or services you plan to offer. It also provides financial projections. This can help you decide if your business idea is feasible and can help you secure funding if you decide to move ahead with the idea. 

Keep in mind there are services that can help you register your business online, which can take some of those stresses off your shoulders. Research how to start a business with ZenBusiness, for instance, and see what type of services they provide.


4. Socializing.

 A new city means new friends. It's not unusual to feel isolated, especially when you are surrounded by so many people you don't know. Avoid the stereotypical bars, and try finding new acquaintances by joining book or sports clubs, participating in trivia nights, and doing other activities you're interested in. This helps you find like-minded individuals who you're most likely to form lasting friendships with over time.


5.  Be Prepared.

While moving into a city is a huge change, it's also an exciting time of life. Don't be intimidated, and embrace the new experiences you're sure to have.

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