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It’s summertime, aka moving season! Moving to a new city is exciting and it can be easy to get caught up in a whirlwind and forget to take care of a few important details. Before you pack your bags and head off to your new home, here are a few things to mark off your to-do list…

Know How You’ll Get Around Your New City

Make sure to research public transit and traffic patterns of the city you’re moving to before you get there. Know how much it’ll cost to get around, how long your daily commute will take and the safest routes on the road, trains, or subways.

Straighten Out Your Finances

It’s important to have your money in order before making a big move. A young professional moving to a new city needs to have a budget. This can include a reasonable monthly rent for a new city, a deposit for your new place, grocery limits and some money set aside to use for entertainment or other things you want to do while exploring the city. If need be, sit down with an accountant and get your finances in shape.

Make Sure You’re Connected

One of the must-haves for any 20-something moving to a new place is an Internet connection. Be sure to plan ahead for setting up Internet in your home. Look into availability, pricing, speed and which provider offers the best service for your needs. You’ll want to be up and running soon after you get into your new home so you can research all of the exciting opportunities in your city.

Pack a Beginner Box

You’ve arrived at your new home, you’re exhausted, hungry and just want to relax only to realize you have nothing to eat, sleep on, or wear until you unpack. Allow yourself some extra unraveling time by packing yourself a box with first-day essentials. The box should include a change of clothes, utensils and a plate to eat on (in case you want to microwave a quick meal), toothpaste and toothbrush, a bath towel and a blanket. Sit down and think about what you might need to get you through the first day and pack it all in a clearly-labeled box that’ll be easy to find.

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