So you’re planning a relocation to Charlotte, NC — congratulations! Whether you’re moving for work, for family or just to seek out new adventures, we can’t think of a better place to move. But even as you embark on this exciting new chapter in your life, the relocation itself may come with a lot of extra stress as you hammer out the thousands of details involved with a major move. To help ease the strain, here are 5 important tips for to help you make a smooth transition to our lovely city.
1. Get to Know the Area
If you’re still figuring out where to live in Charlotte, take some time to familiarize yourself with the area before settling on a place. This city has a diversity of great neighborhoods for every family situation, budget and lifestyle. Consider factors like school districts, work commutes and overall budget to help you decide on a few prime neighborhoods to look at for your relocation.
2. Get Organized
It sounds simple, even trite, but the very act of planning ahead can cut your stress in half. Get a notebook together and start compiling a to-do list and schedule. Put everything on the list that you can think of, from notifying utilities to scheduling the movers to putting in a change of address, to scheduling time off work before and after moving day. If you haven’t found a new place to live yet, add that to the list! But you can set up this list even before your new lodgings are established. The sooner you get organized, the easier your move will be when it comes time to check things off your list.
3. Assemble a Necessity Box
When you’re in the midst of a major move, there are few things more frustrating than trying to figure out which box you packed the stapler in, or the tape, or something else you need. Before the big day, we recommend setting up a “necessity box” with all the items you’re likely to need during the move itself — from office items to paperwork to packing tape, etc — anything you might need for your day-to-day operations while the move is in progress. This box should either stay with you in the vehicle, or it can be the last box on and the first box off the truck. Just make sure you know where it is and what’s in it.
4. Decide what Goes and what Stays
If you’re like most people, you’ve probably collected a bunch of stuff you’re not going to use anymore — stuff that is just dead weight and doesn’t need to come with you on the move. Make your move simpler and less expensive by deciding ahead of time what should be left behind. Have a yard sale, sell items on Craigslist, etc.
5. Get Help from a Relocation Specialist
When making a major move to an unfamiliar place, one of the best things you can do to ensure a smooth relocation is to enlist help from someone who is intimately familiar with the area — someone who can help you learn the city, find a place to live and coordinate next steps with you. Dickens Mitchener offers a comprehensive relocation service for both corporate and individual moves — a service that helps you coordinate all the details from departure and destination, including personalized tours, transportation, home finding services, mortgage counseling, rental assistance and even help finding services like doctors, veterinarians and plumbers! If you’re relocating to Charlotte, NC, we’d love to be the first to welcome you home and give you all the assistance you need in getting here. To learn more about our relocation services, just give us a call at (704) 661-2402.