As winter approaches, thousands of Americans will be relocating to warmer climates in hopes of escaping a frigid few months ahead. When you call cuties such as Chicago, New York and Boston home, the idea of spending your winter in Miami or Los Angeles for a change has to appealing. Before securing the best moving company, there are certain things you can do to prepare for your relocation to a place with sunnier days. Here’s our list of the top 5 tips when relocating to somewhere warmer.
- Adjust your Wardrobe – While this may seem like a no-brainer, a lot of people need that extra push to leave their favorite winter coat behind. Well, we are here to tell you that when you’re moving to a tropical climate, you won’t have much use for an abundance of winter clothing. So, do yourself a favor and donate some of your heavy coats to the less fortunate. If you have some that you’ve barely worn, look into selling them so you have some extra cash for your move. A warmer climate means lots of t-shirts and shorts. Don’t make your move more difficult by packing boxes filled with gloves, winter hats and heavy materials. As you begin to declutter, start with your wardrobe.
- Re-Evaluate Your Hobbies – When you make the move to a warmer climate, it will open up a whole new world of activities that you can enjoy. From riding jet skis and kayaking to biking trails and outdoor workouts, there will be no need for you to hide inside due to snow and cold days. A tropical climate allows you to wake up and go for the morning jog comfortably. If you want to plan a picnic as a romantic date, just check the weather for rain and go ahead and do it. While moving to a new city is always a fresh start that can be seen as a new leash on life, this is especially true when you trade in freezing temperatures for a warmer climate. We’re happy you’re making the move.
- Do an A/C Check – In some places like London, a lot of apartments are built without air conditioning units. Well, in a warm climate, A/C isn’t a luxury, it is a requirement. Before you make the move into your new home, hire an HVAC professional as soon as you can. Imagine living in freezing temperatures without heat in the winter. Well, humid summer temperatures without A/C can be just as miserable. Don’t let lack of home maintenance ruin a move you’re excited about. If you plan to rent, talk to your landlord and ask when the A/C was installed and if you should anticipate any issues.
- Expect Visitors – When you move to a place that’s warm when everywhere else is cold, you should expect an influx of visitors. Everyone from your mom, siblings and immediate family to that one guy you had a class with in college will find a way to make their way to your new home for a weekend. So, if you can, make sure you get a place that’s large enough for you to host friends and family comfortably. Do your best to be kind to everyone and sympathize with their desire to escape the cold neighborhood that you once called home. It may also be nice to help you avoid being homesick so take it all in stride.
- Remember the Details – Living in a warmer climate doesn’t only adjust your hobbies, but it also changes your daily routine. Lots of sunshine demands things like more hydration and using sunscreen to protect your skin. It may take a while for you to get into the habit of taking sunscreen with you everywhere you go, but once you get into it, you’ll thank us. We hope that you get settled on soon and enjoy the warm weather.