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Moving to Suburbs from the City: What to Consider

By Relocation.com

A long distance moving experience can be difficult, and you never really know what you’re getting into until you actually have to pack up your things and go. If you’re moving far, like a move from the suburb to the city, you’ll have to make extra preparations. Here are some pros and cons you’ll need to consider when moving to the big city.

Moving from the suburbs to the city usually means a downsize in size – while you can probably afford a five-bedroom mansion in the suburb, the same money will probably get you a two-bedroom apartment in the city. It’s not just about money, the city is just more congested – you probably won’t have a garage and a yard in the city and even if you did, it won’t be as large as the one you have in the suburbs.

This means, you’ll have to downsize. Get rid of the stuff you don’t need. You may have to give away some of your clothes, or if you have large furniture, you’ll have to get rid of them and buy smaller ones that are appropriate for your space. On the flip side, you’ll be able to save space, and get rid of some of your old stuff. If you must absolutely keep some items that don’t fit in your new home, you’ll have to look into getting some storage space.

Privacy, peace and quiet.
Due to the lack of space in the city, everything (and everyone) seems to be pushed up against one another. While in the suburbs, you can just build your fences higher, it’ll be difficult to block out your neighbor’s late night parties through 1 feet of plaster between your apartments.

Excitement and culture.
One of the reasons many people move to the city, despite the lack of space and privacy, is the culture and events that many cities have to offer. Being in the city will give you more opportunities to go to concerts, theater, events, and even try more restaurants, unlike suburbs which mostly attract chain restaurants and strip malls.

Shorter commutes.
If you work in the city, that means you’ll be able to cut down on your commute time to work. The shorter time you spend in the car or the train, the more time you’ll be able to spend at home with your loved ones. Both the suburbs and the city have many things to offer. If you’re considering moving to the suburbs, make your decision carefully and choose the place that best suits you.

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