Moving to the suburbs: it’s a dream come true for many city-dwellers around the world. The very idea seems idyllic: a larger home, safe streets for kids to play and ride their bikes, a sleepy neighborhood, and plenty of green space and nature to explore. If you’re moving to the suburbs, now is an excellent time to take the leap. While leaving the city may feel like a big step, it offers dozens of benefits for you, your family, and your future. In this post, we’re sharing our top tips for moving to the suburbs, and making your transition out of the city as easy as possible. Let’s dive in. Why are People Moving to the Suburbs? While moving to the suburbs has always been popular with certain groups, the COVID-19 pandemic sped up the timeline for many families, and made the suburbs more attractive as a whole. For many formerly happy city-dwellers, COVID-19 was the last straw for their urban lifestyle. As more people are working from home, families have begun looking for larger, single-family homes with included home offices and designated spaces. Remote work also means that many people no longer need to be within commuting distance of a large office. This has allowed individuals and families to trade the grind of the daily commute for a slower-paced, suburban lifestyle. Finally, single-family homes are just popular – and the suburbs have lots of them. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), studies conducted over the last 50 years illustrate that most people over the age of 30 would like to live in a single-family house. Additionally, PwC’s Emerging Trends in Real Estate (ETRE) 2021 report finds that people starting or expanding families will likely grow by 8.4 million in this decade. “That segment is expected to turbocharge the nearly 80 percent share of household growth expected to be captured by the suburbs in the years to come. These young people are ditching big cities and moving to boom markets like Austin, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, and Tampa. In those cities, they’re finding more affordable housing and less exposure to industries affected by the pandemic.” Here are a few of the largest reasons people are moving to the suburbs: Larger living and working spaces Access to outdoor space and a healthier lifestyle Stronger communities Safety and privacy A “slower” pace of life 3 Moving to Make Leaving the City Easier If you’re moving to the suburbs this summer, planning is everything. Here are a few tips from our professional moving team: 1. Get help Leaving the city and relocating to the suburbs can be a big process, and it’s not one you should attempt alone. Instead, streamline your move by hiring a long-distance moving team. Here at Gallo Moving & Storage, our team of moving experts helps residential customers like you plan, pack for, and execute their city-to-suburbs moves. Our team has the expertise necessary to handle delicate, high-value, and heirloom items, and will cover all your bases so you can enjoy a simpler, easier move – from start to finish. 2. Visit the new home in advance Most of us only set foot into our new home once before moving day – the day we first view it. Since moving to the suburbs is such an undertaking, though, we recommend getting inside the home at least one other time, if possible. During this visit, take a drive around your new neighborhood, consider introducing yourself to your new neighbors, and take measurements within the home. Use those measurements to draw up a rough floor plan. This critical step ensures your furniture will fit in your new space, allows you to buy new beds, sofa, and other furniture to fill the space (if needed), and helps you plan for where you’ll put everything in your new home. The result is a faster, easier move, and a more organized unpacking process. 3. Start preparing early Avoid preventable moving problems by planning for your move in advance. If you’re leaving the city, we recommend starting to declutter and plan for your move at least three months in advance. Here are a few benefits of getting an early start: Book the moving company you want, and get the moving date you prefer Declutter and downsize accordingly, so you’re not moving items you don’t need Ensure applicate cut-off at your old home, and turn-on at your new home, so your space is comfortable and welcoming when you arrive Have your mail forwarded and avoid missing any important correspondence Budget your move wisely and make choices that help you stay within your set budget If you’re ready to start preparing for your city-to-suburbs move, contact Gallo Moving and Storage. Alternately, get a head start on your moving budget with our DIY video quoting tool. This fast, no-cost, no-obligation, free quote tool provides an accurate free estimate in just minutes – from the comfort of your own home. Click here to learn more and get your free moving estimate. Moving to the Suburbs is Simple With Gallo Moving and Storage If you’re moving to the suburbs, Gallo is here to help. Contact our team to learn more about our local- and long-distance moving services, or to book a skilled moving team that will make moving to the suburbs a snap.