Posted by Christa Colavincenzo in All, Home Buying

Moving to a new city? Relocating can be an intimidating experience. Whether you’re moving down the road, across the street, or across the country - moving away from family, friends, and familiarity can be difficult. Not knowing what to expect: will this be successful or will I completely regret this decision? You’re not alone.

One year ago, I packed up all my things and moved to Columbus, Ohio. Although I was extremely nervous, I was excited to start this new chapter of my life. Fresh beginnings, new adventures, and tons of opportunity awaited. I was ecstatic. One year later, I'm settled in and happy as can be. Follow my 6 Go-To Tips that made my moving experience so worthwhile!

1. Create a Moving Checklist

Before the move there is plenty to prepare, and organization will help prevent any unnecessary stress. So, making a checklist will make things a lot easier leading up to the big day.

Your checklist should include everything you need to pack up and move with you. Some of the most essential items you won't forget are clothing for whatever kind of weather your new city has (in my case, chunky sweaters were a must!), whatever furniture you can take with you and make work in a new space, and the home decor that's going to make you feel right at home the quickest. The more detailed you get with your checklist, the less likely you are to forget something!

While creating a list of things to bring, this is also a good time to think about all the items you can get rid of or donate. I recommend waiting to buy food and toiletries until you are moved into your new place. These are items that you can buy once you get settled into your new home - one less thing to worry about packing!

If you are keeping your current furniture, you will want to start thinking about hiring a moving company or moving truck. Booking this well in advance will give you peace-of-mind and make you feel more prepared.

2. Say Goodbye

Before leaving your current city, you need to check off all the items on your bucket list! Every city has something special about it, so go experience it before you’re gone.

Before I left Pittsburgh, I made sure to visit all my favorite spots, as well as places I’ve never been to before, but always wanted to try. I did the classic “Pittsburgh” things before I left, of course, like ride the Duquesne Incline up to Mt. Washington, went to a Pirate game, and obviously devoured a Primanti Bros. “Pittsburgher” sandwich.

Lastly, I made sure I said goodbye to my family and friends in Pittsburgh. Making sure I spent quality time with each and every one of them and reassured them that we would keep in touch or plan trips to visit each other.

Although leaving Pittsburgh was bittersweet, this “goodbye” gave me the reassurance that I was ready to move!

3. Make Your New Home Cozy

For me, un-packing is worse than packing; however, I realized how important it was to un-pack right away when I moved.

Maybe I was just super excited, but I unpacked and organized everything immediately and I’m so happy I did. Although it takes a long time, un-packing right away relieved a lot of stress. I was able to have everything organized and in place just where I wanted it. I also felt great knowing that I already accomplished something on day one in the new city.

This is your new space. In order to make your new chapter feel normal and comfortable, it first begins with making the space yours. Making your new place cozy by decorating it with your favorite design styles will make it feel more like home.

Whatever your style is, make it happen! Find some inspiration here if you’re not sure what your favorite style is.

4. Meet New People

Meeting new people is probably the hardest on the list. For me, I didn't even know where to start.

First, think about what you enjoy or what makes you happy. Luckily, I found out that my favorite workout class has a studio in Columbus, so I decided to join Barre3 - Columbus | Upper Arlington. Doing so made me feel like I belonged to something! I met so many amazing people just by doing something I enjoyed.


If joining a workout studio doesn't interest you, think of what does! There are so many organizations to join when you move to a new city. You can volunteer at a local animal shelter or at an organization that speaks to you, or join an intramural sports team, Facebook groups, or alumni associations! This will give you the opportunity to connect with people who share the same interests as you.

5. Attend Local Events

Local events are a great way to meet people or get social with new friends! The first thing I did when I moved to Columbus was download the Eventbrite app on my smartphone. This app told me all of the events going on in my area. You can filter by month, weekend, or day to see all the cool things going on around you!


A few of my favorite events to look for on Eventbrite are concerts, sporting events, farmers markets, or local parades and festivals. These made for great activities with the new friends I made in Columbus.

6. Take Photos

Take Photos! Why? Because you are about to make some of the most amazing memories during this new chapter. Snap a photo whenever you get the chance so that you will always remember the fun times, adventures, and excursions you are experiencing in this new city of yours. Later down the road when you reminisce about these memories, I promise that you’ll thank yourself for spending that moment to take a quick photo that you will have with you forever!


Christa Colavincenzo


As a Web Content Coordinator at M/I Homes, Christa’s role is to manage all content that is placed on the M/I Homes website as well as establish creative and new ways to digitally market our products. When she’s not thinking of ways to make our website content better, Christa enjoys traveling to new cities that she’s never been to before, spending time with her friends, and cuddling her two kittens.

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