Knoxville is a fabulous place to live but we understand that any move is stressful. Here are a few tips to help make your move to Knoxville as painless as possible.

Research before you move. It’s important to understand the culture you’re joining. Do research online and find out about school systems, neighborhoods, parking, weather, public transportation, and laws that are native to this area. Consult with an agent who can provide a community tour and help you familiarize yourself to your new town.

Have a plan. There are a lot of steps to go through before you start packing the moving truck. Find housing before you leave, or at least know where you’ll stay while you look for a home. Never sign a lease on an apartment that you haven’t seen. Have a job waiting for you, or if that’s not possible, know what you’ll do for money in the first few weeks of living there. Try to line up things like driver’s licenses, car insurance, renter’s insurance, and parking passes ahead of time as well.

Get involved. Meeting new people can be daunting. Don’t expect the neighbors to knock your door down with a casserole when you arrive. Although if this happens, don’t be surprised. Take the initiative. If there are things you liked to do in your town, find ways to do those things in your new home. Try new things. Volunteer. Tennessee is the volunteer state after all. Knoxville offers so many opportunities to engage other people, so find what you like.

Mind your wallet. Moving is expensive. The good news is that the cost of living here is much lower here than the national average. You will want to invest in a few new items to wear to Neyland stadium on game day.

Deanna Mendenhall-Miller and Paula Kelley would like to show you how great Knoxville Living can be. Call us for a community tour or additional information that will make this transition easier for you.

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