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Your Guide to Moving to Albuquerque

So you’ve made the decision to move to Albuquerque. Congrats! This is a fantastic place to live. The weather is moderate and comfortable year-round, there’s ample outdoor recreation, and the local culture is unbeatable.

This area is known for its fascinating Native American culture and history, as well as its delicious food. Local Albuquerque has vibrant street art and murals, awesome museums and aquariums, and no shortage of gorgeous outdoor sights.

If you’re moving here, you’ll soon discover why locals get so excited about hot air balloons, and what it means to live at a higher altitude.

We could rave about life in Albuquerque for days, but before you move, check out these helpful relocation tips!

Plan Ahead

The number one tip for a successful and stress-free move is in-depth planning. If you have the time, start planning your move a couple months in advance. Use these relocation tips as a guide.

Moving with a pet? Check out these tips for a stress-free move with your four-legged family members!

Get Rid of Excess Stuff

A month or two before your move, have a garage sale. Get rid of everything that you don’t use or that you’ve outgrown. This way, you’ll have less stuff topack and worry about when it’s finally time to move.

If you don’t have the time for a garage sale, consider donating unwanted items to a local charity.

Gather Packing Supplies

moving boxesIn the weeks before you start packing, begin to gather packing supplies. Hit up your local big-box retailer during off-hours to see if they have extra boxes. You can also go to the liquor store for this. Keep in mind that these boxes are not reinforced.

Be sure to stock up on other supplies, including:

  • Packing tape to reinforce boxes
  • Bubble wrap or other cushioning for fragile items
  • Labels
  • Permanent markers

Label Everything!

When it finally comes time to pack up everything, do it one room at a time. Start a week or two in advance by packing up the stuff you don’t use every day. Pack heavy items like books in smaller boxes, for easier moving.

Try to pack by room, and then label every box by the room it belongs to. Once you arrive at your new home, instruct the movers or friends to move boxes labeled with their corresponding room.

Keep Valuables and Important Documents Close By

The night before moving, pack all of your personal, must-have items in a box or bag and keep it close by. Pack this with any valuables, like jewelry or antiques, as well as with personal documents.

Include medications, contact information, cell phone chargers, and snacks, as well as toiletries like your toothbrush. You’ll thank yourself later.

Prepare Your Body

high elevationIf you’re moving from somewhere sea-level, you should know that your body may take a few days or even weeks to adjust to the altitude.

This is very normal for newcomers to Albuquerque, but give your body a few days of lounging around to adjust.

Any Other Questions? Let Us Know!

We’re so excited to have you join the Albuquerque community! If you need any additional relocation resources, please let us know.

 

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