Moving from a small town, suburb or a large city can be a big transition. Here are a few tips to help make your move as painless as possible.

Research before you move. It’s important to understand the culture you’re joining. Do research online and find out about school systems, neighborhoods, parking, weather, public transportation, and laws that are native to that area. If you can, visit a city before moving and connect with someone who’s lived there before. Explore the amenities of the City and find out what is offered that fits your interests. You are not just buying a home you are choosing a community.

Have a plan. There are a lot of steps to go through before you start packing the moving truck. Find housing before you leave, or at least know where you’ll stay while you look for a home. Never sign a lease on an apartment that you haven’t seen. If you can’t get there, find a friend, employer or your Realtor to check for you. Have a job waiting for you, or if that’s not possible, know what you’ll do for money in the first few weeks of living there. You can line up things like driver’s licenses, car insurance, home insurance, long or short term lease easily. If you are buying a home to move into your Realtor can make recommendations for home improvement and other vendors you may need to make your new home comfortable to move into.

Get involved. Meeting people in a new place can be daunting. Santa Fe has many organizations to help you make the transition and meet new people. Don’t expect the neighbors to knock your door down with a casserole when you arrive. Take the initiative. If there are things you liked to do in your town, find ways to do those things in the city. Try new things. Volunteer. Cities offer so many opportunities to engage other people, so find what you like.

Mind your wallet.

City life can be expensive and this is all relative to where you are from. Santa Fe has been labeled an affordable city with a high quality of life. Artistic communities in particular are generally more expensive due to high demand and appreciation for the arts. Santa Fe is less expensive then large cities and more expensive then ruralcommunities and midwestern cities. If you are from San Francisco you will find Santa Fe very affordable with many similar amenities, if you are from Cincinnati or Oaklahoma City you may find Santa Fe expensive. Overall, considering the quality of life, active art scene, culture, culinary offerings, out door activities, sports, etc Santa Fe is considered affordable. Wherever you are from spend some time discovering Santa Fe to see if this is the right community for you.