So you and your family are headed to the greatest city in the world, New York! And this time you are not coming here as a tourist, but you actually intend to settle in New York metropolitan area and raise your family. Well, I don't mean to kill your buzz, but as exciting as this move may sound to you, please remember - it's a jungle out there!

Things You Will Need

Whether or not your relocation is supported by your employer, you are still up for the overwhelming experience. Here is a few useful tips to help you adjust and minimize the culture shock upon arriving to the capital of the world:

  • Do not expect to recreate your former lifestyle to its fullest. Although old habits die hard, some modifications to your current routine are a must.

  • Do your research diligently, determine your budget and make up your mind as to whether you prefer urban area or the suburbs. Please remember that New York has the third most expensive real estate in the world. Needless to say, living in Manhattan may sound super attractive, but unless you are super wealthy or willing to share your space with a roommate, this may not be a place for you. Many people with families prefer the suburbs and if they need to get to the city, the commute is generally quick and easy. One comprehensive website on the Internet is

  • If you have kids, it's important to look into the schooling at the same time you are looking for your new home. It's vital to understand the enrollment process, tuition and schedules of acceptance into the school of your preference. If your child will attend a private school, your residential address will not make much of a difference as long as you are satisfied with the distance between the school and your home. If, however, private school is not an option, don't feel bad! Most pre-kindergarten, as well as elementary schools and some middle schools are zoned, meaning that children who live in a particular zone are guaranteed seats in that zone. You can find from which zone would your address belong in.

  • When shipping or moving your goods by land, be sure to get rid of those goods that have seen better times. Look into donations and trade-ins where possible as it may be more costly to you to transport these old goods to the new location than what they are really worth. If you are hiring a shipper, make sure you have a list of all your inventory and ensure that your shipper has the same items listed on their own inventory paperwork. Please insist to have an estimate for the moving cost in advance.

  • Additional important steps to consider should include opening a local bank account in a convenient location, obtaining a local driver license and understanding postal service requirements. You can take care of your postal needs on the Internet through This will take care of your first class mail for the 12 months period, however in order to notify all of your newspapers or magazines about this address change, try

  • And, finally, keep record of all your moving expenses for your tax preparer. You may be able to deduct all or part of your moving expenses, so get that shoe box ready and start collecting your receipts.

Good luck with your move and get ready for this once in a lifetime experience!

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