Tips for Moving to a New City and Finding Top-Rated Apartments

Downtown citySo, you’re moving to a brand new city and the search for top-rated apartments is on. Whether you’re throwing caution to the wind and moving to a city you’ve always wanted to explore, you’re relocating for your current job or a new opportunity, you want to be closer to family, or you just need a change of scene, moving to a new city takes a lot of time and effort. It can be a great adventure, but it can also be pretty daunting in the beginning. However, there are plenty of ways to prepare for moving to a new city before you even leave your current one. Especially if the Renter’s Voice blog is any indicator, there is a wealth of information about city events, top-rated apartments, student living, and much more on the Internet.

Take these topics into consideration as you start looking for top-rated apartments and things to do in your new city, and you’ll find that the transition from home to home is a little easier.

The Moving Process

Packing and moving your belongings can be a major pain without the right prep. Before you make any decisions about packing, shipping, or driving your belongings, check out online reviews of moving services and ask your local friends what they recommend. A moving service can be a burden or a boon depending on the quality of the services they offer. If you choose a dud moving company, your belongings could arrive in pieces, but a top moving company will provide you with all the right services with minimum hassle.

Choosing a Place to Live

Always, always research top-rated apartments before choosing the one that is right for you. What may be top-rated to a friend or online reviewer might not meet all your requirements. Check top-rated apartments on review sites like Renter’s Voice, where you can search by city, state, or apartment property, then sort reviews according to, among other specifications, highest, lowest, newest, and most relevant ratings. You can also filter reviews by the age or marital status of the reviewer, whether or not the reviewer is a current renter, and more. Apartment ratings are the best way to find top-rated apartments because you can read information that comes straight from renters in the city.

Finding Some Friends

City traffic

If you’ve already got good friends in your new city, that’s great! Make plans with them to show you around the city, and ask for any tips they have about living in the city; you’d be surprised how helpful this last step can be. Locals can help you locate quality stores and services near your new home, give you tips about traffic, places in the city to avoid, where the best restaurants are, finding a good neighborhood, and more. They can also help you find top-rated apartments. And even if your friends don’t know where to look for top-rated apartments, there’s a good chance they know someone who does. Social sites like Facebook and Twitter can help you reach out to friends-of-friends to find out what you need to know.
If you don’t already have friends in your new city, search online for organizations for which you can volunteer or casual meet-ups that happen around the city. Being a joiner during those first few months your new city will help you find some activities that you like, and might even help you find a group of like-minded friends who can help you settle in. Additionally, in lieu of personal recommendations for top-rated apartments, you can check out sites like Renter’s Voice for local renter ratings to help you decide where to live.

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