Moving to a new climate is a big responsibility. You have to take more into account than just moving; now you have to think about things like keeping your family healthy and safe, preparing your home for unfamiliar weather, and protecting your belongings from heat, rain, sun or snow — things you probably didn’t think about before. Before you move across the country and start your new life, here are a few things to think about.

Adjust Your Thinking

The first step in moving to a new city with a totally new climate is accepting that your traditional way of life will probably change. It can take some time to get used to the switch from wet and cold New Hampshire to dry and hot Arizona, for instance. Think about the things you enjoy to do now outside: Are you a runner? Do you keep a backyard garden? Will those things be affected by your move? Most likely yes, so start planning ahead of time by mentally preparing yourself.

Budget for New Gear

Moving to a new climate doesn’t only involve the cost of the new home. You have to leave some wiggle room in your budget for any new equipment you may need. In the North, you may want to invest in a snow blower, or snow tires for your car. If you’re in the wet North West, you might need some new heavy-duty rain gear or a sump pump for your home. In the sunny South, you’ll want to purchase a good air conditioner and some backyard equipment like umbrellas or canopies to keep your family protected from the sun. And no matter where you go, you’ll likely need to try out a new wardrobe.

Get Tips from the Locals

Ask your new boss, coworkers or realtor what you might need to know about how locals handle the weather. For instance, those from Oregon know that carrying an umbrella is a sure sign of a tourist — it’s all about the raincoat there. Any information you can get ahead of time can help you adjust to your new life.

Look into Climate Controlled Storage

No matter what, you’ll want to make sure that your items are protected. If you used to store your precious things in your attic or basement at home, you may want to rethink your storage spot based on your new home’s climate. Climate controlled storage can be a huge help in this move. Check out this guide to see if climate controlled storage is right for you.

All in all, moving to a new climate can be a fun and exciting experience as long as you don’t go in unprepared. As with all moves, living in a new place will mean some big changes to your life, but if you’ve done your research, have your gear, and know how to protect your family and your possessions, you’ll be ready to take on the challenge.

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