Movingout of state can seem like a daunting task. With a little preparation, even thefarthest move can be made simple. Here are a few tips I have put together whilereminiscing my own move from Oklahoma to Colorado.

Researchbefore you move. It is always important to research the area you are moving tothoroughly. Do research online and find out about neighborhoods, parking,weather, public transportation, and laws relevant to that area. If you can,plan a trip to get a closer look at the city you plan to call home. Get as muchadvice as possible from locals during your stay and utilize any contacts youhave living in the area!

Have aplan. Please don’t just pack the moving truck and hit the road. YOUMUST HAVE A PLAN. Have a job lined up, or if that’s not possible, plan onsaving enough money to get by comfortably while you find work. Find housingbefore you leave, or at least know where you’ll stay while you look for a home.Never sign a lease for a property that you haven’t seen (I made this mistake…don’tdo this). Research things like driver’s license and car insurance ahead oftime as well.

Have a budget.Relocating can be expensive. Learning a new city is awesome, but make sure youdon’t overspend while exploring your new town. Be careful how you spend andknow where your money is going.

Have fun.Meeting people in a new city should be fun. That being said, don’t expect theneighbors to knock on your door with homemade brownies upon your arrival. Takethe initiative. If there are things you liked to do in your hometown, there arelikely just as many or more opportunities to do those things in a new city.Denver offers so many opportunities to interact with new people. I have enjoyedevery new experience and have met great people along the way!