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  • Relocating to Greater Austin, Texas from Out of State

    Thursday, January 5, 2017   /   by Jason Huval

    Relocating to Greater Austin, Texas from Out of State

    Moving from a small town or suburb to a large city, such as Austin, can be an intimidating proposition. Here are a few tips to help make your move as painless as possible. 

    Research Before Your Move to Texas
    It's important to understand the culture you're joining. To begin, do your due diligence and research online to learn about Texas school system, neighborhoods in the specific areas of Austin you're looking for, available parking in that area, local weather (probably hot!), what the public transportation available is, check out Ride Austin, and laws native to that area. It's always wise to visit your targeted area before you decide to move to get a feel for the area. 

    Have a Plan for the Move
    Before you even begin to think about packing the moving truck there are things to address. Arrangements for living are most important. Whether that be a friends couch to sleep on, an apartment or a month-to-month agreement somewhere, or a new home you always want to have a place to stay as extended stays and hotel bills can rack up fast. Never sign a lease on an apartment you've never seen and if you can't get there ask a friend or new boss to check the place out prior for you. Relocating to a new area, such as Austin and the growth it has experienced, it's wise to have a job lined up before moving to such a place. If you don't have anything lined up but you know you're coming you can check out the aforementioned Ride Austin or you can search Craigslist for opportunites! Try and make sure to get things such as driver's license, car insurance, renter's insurance and parking passes taken care of ahead of time. 

    Get Involved!
    Moving to a new city and meeting new friends and people can be a daunting task. While Austin and it's surrounding area is one of the best cities you'll find in the U.S. the cliche "neighbors coming over with a casserole" isn't likely to happen. This is something you need to be proactive about and you must take action if you want make friends and acquaintances in your new home city! You can check out sites like MeetUp to find individuals with interests similar to yours to make the process easier! Try new things! Volunteer! A city like Austin provides and offers many opportunities for individuals of all walks of life!

    However, Mind Your Wallet
    Life in the city can be expensive or it can be frugal, it all depends on you. A city like Austin provides individuals with amenities like great food, live music and plenty of things to do which can quickly add up on a bank statement. Be sure to keep an eye on your finances and stay within your means and you'll be just fine. 

    These are just a few tips on how to make your relocation to the area a success. We're sure you'll love Austin and all that it has to offer!