Feeling Wanderlusty? Providence is Pretty Great!
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At least once a day I see a commercial or newspaper article touting the new tax districts that are popping up in places like New York, New Jersey and Detroit and I think “this isn’t anything new. Rhode Island has been doing this for years!”
For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, 2014 seems to be the year of “hey, we want your tax dollars so move here and we’ll give you a good rate!” New York and New Jersey are creating districts in which people who open up new businesses are eligible for enormous local tax breaks. Detroit is rumored to be giving houses away to artists and writers who promise to live and create in the city for…ever, I guess.
I understand that this is a marketing ploy by states that are having a hard time but seriously, artsy and entrepreneurial types: if you’re going to move, you need to move to Providence…and I’m not just saying that because at heart I’m a die-hard Rhode Islander. Even the UK’s Telegraph agrees that Providence is a fantastic city.
So good! You’ve decided that you want to move here! I knew you could be convinced. What do you do now? Here are some tips from someone who recently moved across several states.
1. Scout it Out
This is easier to do if you already live within the New England commuter corridor. You can take the train in to Providence for the day and get a feel for the place. If you live further away (Portlanders and Seattleites I’m looking at you), don’t worry—we have an airport here. Sure the flight can be expensive but seriously: don’t move anywhere without first at least walking around in it a little bit, no matter how wanderlusty you are.
2. Set a Date
If you leave your moving date open, you’ll have a harder time committing to it. Having a definite move date gives you a deadline for things like saving up to cover moving expenses, finding a place to live, giving notice at work, etc.
3. Secure Housing
If you can’t afford multiple trips to the city, use your scouting trip to at least look at a bunch of different properties so that you’ll have an idea of what’s there. Even better, have a local friend scout places for you and send you photos and videos. Some realty companies will accept “proxy viewing” if you truly cannot make it out to look at a place yourself.
4. Hire Movers
Interstate moves are not something that you are going to want to attempt to do yourself. The money spent hiring professional moving companies is well worth the expense. The last thing you want after traveling across several states is to have to do a bunch of heavy lifting. Save your sanity and hire someone to take care of that for you.
5. Pack It Up!
Nobody likes packing but it doesn’t have to be an arduous affair (admittedly it’s harder if you have kids). There are packing checklists and tip lists all over the internet if you need help figuring out how to pack for an interstate move.
This one is pretty self explanatory
Once you’re moved in to your new digs, you can spend some time exploring the town and getting your bearings. There is lots to see and do and experience in what is arguably the best city on the east coast (that Telegraph article I linked to before has lots of great suggestions). Yeah, that’s right New York City, I said it: Providence rules!
Full disclosure: I might miss Rhode Island more than I’m willing to admit! 🙂