We’ve recently seen a lot of out-of-state license plates around town, and it’s not surprising as people are beginning to find out what we’ve known all along – Boise is an awesome place to live. A thriving tech industry, growing healthcare and service industry jobs, along with retirement incentives, are all contributing factors to the increasing population.
While making a big move is exciting, it can also be overwhelming, so here are some things we, along with Mental Floss, suggest you do before you relocate to Boise or any other city:
RESEARCH THE COST OF LIVING:
It’s important to know how far a dollar stretches in your new city, so research housing, transportation, healthcare, and food prices in order to create a realistic budget. For starters, you can use a cost of living calculator like the Bankrate calculator, which lists the average prices of everything from housing to recreational activities and household supplies. But it’s also a good idea to do your own research by looking at online housing listings, gas prices, and even restaurant menus. Even better, arrange to meet up with a real estate agent and take a couple of days or a weekend trip to visit the city. A great agent can show you around different neighborhoods and provide you with information about schools, recreation, etc.
SEE HOW YOU STACK UP:
If you already have a job lined up, calculate how your new salary will affect your daily budget and your ability to save money. If you don’t have a job yet, it’s crucial that you figure out how long your savings will last you and how long you can go before you find a job (experts recommend having a minimum of three months savings).
RESEARCH YOUR JOB OPPORTUNITIES:
Look into job opportunities in your new city and start applying before you move. Get a sense of the city’s major industries and what kinds of jobs are available. If you haven’t yet set a moving date, find out if there are normally more job openings during a certain time of year (since some industries hire seasonally), and make sure you have a concrete job hunt plan: What companies do you plan to target? What connections do you have? If you’re looking for retail or part-time work that’s difficult to apply for remotely, make a list of local business and pay attention to location. If all of the businesses you think sound promising seem to be in one area, look for housing in that area, too.
OR LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUR FUTURE COMPANY:
If you’re moving for a new job, do a little research on the company. Do they offer relocation benefits? Some companies will help with moving expenses or help you find housing. It’s also a good idea to learn more about corporate culture, job expectations, and work/life balance.
MAKE SOCIAL AND PROFESSIONAL CONNECTIONS:
Take stock of friends, acquaintances, and distant family in your new city. Use your alumni network and past or present work connections to find social or professional connections. Reaching out to friends of friends for a coffee or lunch date is a great way to start—and while it may sound cheesy, a simple Facebook post asking for introductions often gets the ball rolling.
EXPLORE THE CITY AND LEARN ABOUT ITS NEIGHBORHOODS:
If you can’t visit before you move, learn the lay of the land from afar. Before you choose a neighborhood to live in, find out what areas are residential and commercial, whether certain neighborhoods are considered family-friendly, and which areas have the kinds of features you’re interested in. If you’re outdoorsy, get a sense of where the parks are; if you’re into music and nightlife, make sure you know where those venues are before you move. Websites like Yelp, City Data, and Crime Reports can help you get a sense of your new city before you move. If you are able to take a trip, try booking an Airbnb in your new location instead of staying in a hotel; you’ll get a better sense of what it feels like to live there.
LEARN ABOUT TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS:
Decide whether you’ll be driving a car or using public transportation to get around. If you’re planning on driving, find out what your parking options are. If you’ll be relying on public transportation, get a sense of the neighborhoods that have the best service. If possible, do a little research on which bus lines are considered the most reliable, and how frequently each one runs, so you don’t get stuck living somewhere with a single bus that comes once a day. Understanding the traffic patterns may help with your decision on where to live.
GET RID OF UNNECESSARY POSSESSIONS:
When we think about moving, we tend to focus on the place we’re going to more than the one we’re leaving. But there’s a ton of work to do before you leave. One way to make the move a little easier is to get rid of anything you don’t need. Have a yard sale, donate old clothes to charity, or sell things online. Symbolically, you’ll be getting rid of the old to make room for the new. But, more practically, you’ll have less stuff to schlep with you when you move.
MAKE A LIST OF GOALS:
Make sure you know exactly why you’re moving and what you’re hoping to achieve. It’s easy to lose focus in the chaos and excitement of setting up a new life once you actually move, so it’s a good idea to make a list of your personal and professional goals before you pack up and leave.
Throw a goodbye party, have a get-together, or just make sure you say a proper goodbye to the important people in your life. Not only will it help you leave your old city on good terms, but it might unexpectedly reveal connections and opportunities in your new one.
Enjoy this video about life in Boise from a young entrepreneur’s perspective!
If you are moving to the Boise area, give Templeton Real Estate Group a call at 208.473.2203 or visit us via the web. We’d be happy to show you around our great city, including our neck of the woods — East Boise and everything that makes it great — Boise River, Boise Greenbelt, and our beautiful Boise Foothills. Whether walking, hiking, jogging, biking, or just appreciating the views, these are Boise gems and treasures of our Valley. And, a large reason why builders like Boise Hunter Homes and Brighton Corporation are developing in Harris Ranch and River Heights with new homes and commercials sites.
We promise to work hard for you and make your experience hassle-free. We want to do such a great job that our clients would never consider hiring anybody else except us if they were in need of real estate services in the future!!
By Bonnie Way Snider
Source and Read More:
State of Downtown Boise 2017 – A Place to Make a Life: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQ2GKrw3H4g