Back when I was moving to New York state I was so caught up in the fun and excitement of the move that I forgot a few things I really should have known beforehand. The good news is that I learned from that experience and want to pass along my knowledge so that you can avoid the mistakes I made. With that in mind, here are four tips that will help make your Move to New York easier and less stressful.
1. Realize That New York State is Not NYC
When most people hear the words "New York," the first thing they think of is New York City. While NYC might just be the most well-known city in the US, it is a lot different from New York State. Naive me of around five years ago didn't realize this and actually thought that the entire state would have the same vibe as NYC. You know, big energy, big prices, and big opportunity. This is not the case. Different parts of New York state have their own vibe and way of doing things. While this tip probably isn't an Earth-shattering revelation, it is something to keep in mind so that you have realistic expectations.
2. Getting Your Vehicle to New York
Depending on where you live in the US, New York can be about as far away as possible if you don't count Alaska and Hawaii. And if you don't live in the US, then it could be halfway around the world. In either case, you'll need to have a plan on how to get your vehicle to New York when you move.
Depending on the situation, it might be possible to just drive there. You know as well as I do that a good road trip is a ton of fun. However, depending on the distance and the condition of your vehicle, this may not be a good idea. Instead, you might want to look into hiring a company to ship your vehicle for you.
My family actually did this since we had more than one car and we found a good vehicle shipment company using the search term "ship car to New York" online. This way we were able to take a road trip in one car but still get our other cars there worry-free.
3. Finding New Interests
One of the things I struggled with when preparing to move to New York is figuring out what I was going to do there in my spare time. I had a lot of hobbies that I loved and wasn't sure if I would be able to continue some of them once I moved. The good news is that there is literally so much to do and keep you occupied in New York that it will probably be several years before you even have a chance to do it all. Here is a quick list of things you can do for fun and recreation in New York:
- Visit historic sites
- Enjoy art and theatre
- Go to hockey games (super popular)
- Go fishing (lake, river, deep sea)
- Enjoy local brews
- Pursue higher education
- Enjoy food you will not find anywhere else
- Visit one of our many vineyards
- Visit national parks
4. Prepare for the Weather
A lot of people in the US think that New York is this cold and foreboding place because it's one of the northernmost cities in the US. However, I'm happy to report that it is almost always sunny hear. In fact, New York has an average of 250 sunny days a year. Even so, it can get cold in the winter and blizzards do happen. This means you'll need to be prepared for this kind of weather by making sure that your furnace is always in good repair and that your insurance covers damage that could be caused by severe snowstorms.
Preparing Yourself Mentally
The best thing you can do to prepare for your move to New York is to educate yourself as much as possible about the area you'll be moving to. As previously mentioned, not all regions of New York are the same and you'll want to be aware of the climate, people, jobs, and recreation in the area you move to. If you take the time to educate yourself, I know that you'll come to love New York as much as I do.