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How to Move to A New City and Start Over

Andrew Macfarlane
How to Move to A New City and Start Over

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What are you moving?

There are many reasons for anyone to start over. Whether it is as simple as a change of scenery or reinventing who you are, it’s a big step.

But honestly, the most significant step you can take is deciding to move away from where you currently are.

After taking this step, it’s time to start planning where you’ll relocate.

Where to Move?

The world is your oyster once you’ve decided it is time to relocate. But where should you move to start over? It's your choice!

To help you come to a more definite reply, you have to answer the following questions.

What Size City or Town Do You Like?

Knowing what sized city, town, or village you’d like to live in is essential. This will help you quickly whittle down your options, especially if you plan to relocate somewhere new within South Africa.

Also, remember that depending on your next home’s population density, you could select a destination that’s busy and buzzy or calm and peaceful. The size will determine the intensity of traffic as well.

To gain a better picture of the size of the place, you can easily Google the answer or even look it up on Wikipedia.

But, simply put, size matters.

What Climate Does Your Potential Home Have?

Climate plays a huge role when choosing to move to a new town or city. Humid conditions can quickly drive away anyone used to a Mediterranean climate.

While not technically climate, daylight hours also contribute to the livability of your home. If you’re not a fan of the climate, you could move into a home with air-conditioning, but be warned that living indoors all the time will get tiresome very quickly.

Job Vacancies

Before handing in your notice at work, ensure your new potential home town has employment for you.

The best way to determine if there will be a job for you is to do some research. If you’re looking to start your new life like, yesterday, taking a part-time position will help cover costs until you can find your feet.

This being said, if the cost of living in your new home will affect your timings.

Cost of Living

The cost of living in a town or city will dramatically change how you live your life. If the cost of living is high in your home town or city, it will automatically determine whether you can afford to go out, eat, and more.

It’ll also affect your long-term goals, such as whether or not you can afford to raise children or retire there.

In South Africa, the generalisation is that living in metropolitan areas will be more expensive, with country living deemed cheaper.


The importance of transport cannot be overstated. Always investigate how to use public transport, as being able to use it can help in tough financial times.

Research how many options you can use before moving and how far it is from your new home.

Another realm associated with transport is how well-connected your new potential home is. Are there national roads close by?

Also, if you’re planning on taking overseas trips, how close is the nearest international airport?

What Is Its Largest Drawcard?

This is arguably the most critical question to ask yourself, “What’s drawing you into the city or town?”

These drawcards can vary widely from “What’s the work/life balance?” to “Will you have access to outdoor areas?”

Make sure you know the biggest drawcard to your new home.

Now that we’ve gone through the pre-moving steps, let’s talk about moving to a new city.

Moving To a New Home

Before even looking for boxes, make sure to apply for a job in your home town or city. You can skip this step if you’re fortunate enough to work remotely.

As a rule of thumb, don’t take unnecessary risks with your finances, even if you’re looking to start a new life.

Once you’re happy with your new job position, it’s time to start the move.

Pick Your New Address

When searching for a new home, you must research neighbourhoods. As we all know, neighbourhoods can change dramatically between a single street.

When you’ve narrowed down your search, it’s a good idea to join the local Facebook neighbourhood group. This will give you a better understanding of what is happening than articles written about these areas.

Like the process of selecting a town or city, you will need to consider a few elements, such as:

    • How far will the work be?
    • How much is the overall cost of living?
    • Is the area safe?
    • Can you walk your neighbourhood?
    • Is parking easy or available?
    • Can you hop onto public transport?
    • Are there any green spaces available in the neighbourhood?
    • Where are the amenities?
    • Will you be living in a flat or a house share?
    • And what’s the vibe in the area like?

In South Africa, this information is pretty hard to find. Also, choosing the right place can take time, so patience is critical.

But once you’ve found your new start, it’s time to move, which can be a nightmare if you can’t find the right mover. Luckily, Wise Move will help you find the exact mover you need at the right price and time.

Once you’re settled in, it’s time to reinvent yourself in a social scene or not. It’s up to you to decide.

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