Tips for Moving to the Coachella Valley on Your Own
The Coachella Valley is home to several vibrant cities, incredible mountain ranges, and stunning desert views—for anyone lucky enough to move here, there’s no doubt that exciting adventures are on the horizon. Still, no matter how cool your new home is, leaving your old house and moving somewhere new can be tough. Regardless of whether you’re relocating for a job, you want to be closer to family or friends, or you’re simply in the mood for a change of scenery, packing up your life and settling somewhere new is often challenging and emotionally draining. However, there are a few things you can do to make the moving process as painless, smooth, and stress-free as possible. If you’re moving to the Coachella Valley soon, be sure to read the following tips.
The Nitty-Gritty of Moving Two words: Label. Everything
If you’re in a rush or you’re a tad on the disorganized side, you may be tempted to just throw all your belongings in random boxes and call it a day. But—we can’t stress this enough—don’t do this. Whether you’re moving everything yourself or you've hired movers to do the job for you, be sure to label every single box with both the destination (where it’s going inside your new place) and the contents. You’ll save yourself so much time and energy in the long run.
Move your most prized (breakable) possessions yourself.
If you did hire a professional moving company, you may want to consider moving your most fragile items yourself. This way you can ensure that your most breakable, expensive, and cherished items don’t get damaged during the move. Regardless, you should have inventory of all your items and their condition written down before the move.
Visualize your Furniture Layout
Sure, you may eventually change your mind about where you want your furniture to go, but it helps to visualize a tentative layout ahead of time. This way you won’t have to completely re-arrange bulky items of furniture, and you can easily direct the movers. You can also get a better idea of what household items you may want to pre-order in advance. For instance, rather than toting your entire mattress and bed frame across the country, you may want to order a bed in a box. Some bed in a box companies even partner with junk removal services to collect your old mattress when you purchase a new bed.
Pack the Essentials Last
Don’t pack away your coffeemaker, cell phone charger, and all your cutlery a week before you head out. Set aside a box labeled “Essentials” (aka, all the stuff you’ll need to use right up until the last minute before your move and right when you get to your new place) and stash everything you’ll need for the first day and night in your new home in it. Be sure to put the box in the truck or car last, so you can easily get it out when the time comes.
Settling into Your New Home Get the lay of the land.
Once you’ve successfully moved and unpacked, it’s time to familiarize yourself with your new surroundings (after you’ve had a celebratory glass of champagne, of course). Go on long walks and bike rides around your neighborhood, join community listservs, try out new restaurants, find your favorite local spot to grab coffee…you get the picture. Getting the lay of the land will help you feel more at home.
Give yourself time to adjust.
Whatever you do, don’t stress out if it takes time to adjust, meet people, and get acquainted with your town. In fact, it’s totally normal if you don’t feel comfortable right away; moving and settling into a new place is tough, so go easy on yourself.
Making Friends and Forming Community Find your tribe.
When you’re ready to get out and make friends, a great way to do this is through Meetup.com, which is a site where people can sign up for various events based on what they’re interested in, like yoga classes, book clubs, classic film nights, and more. Another foolproof way to make friends fast is by reaching out to your existing network to see if anyone knows someone in your new town. (Chances are, they do!) Don’t be shy; ask them to introduce you. Forming a community is one of the hardest parts about moving, but don’t give up—meeting new people and forming friendships with them takes time.
Say yes to everything.
You definitely won’t get anywhere by turning down invitations to hang out with people, refusing to go to work happy hours, or otherwise sitting at home alone. Even if you get invited to something you wouldn’t normally do, try it out! It’s important to get out of the house and take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way, especially during the first few months of living somewhere new. Just say yes.
Lastly, if you need help finding that perfect pad to move to in the Coachella Valley, you can start your home search here or email me. I'd love the opportunity to help you. I moved here 17 years ago and didn't know one person in California other than the person I moved here with. Cheers!