So you have finally decided to make the big move from the peace and quiet of the suburbs to the hustle and bustle of the big city. For many, living in a tall skyscraper in the heart of the city, being close to the chaos and excitement of bars, clubs, and restaurants, is the dream. At the same time, it can also be overwhelming as it is a wholly different experience. Here are some things that you should consider when planning for your new home in the city:
There is less privacy
Having a house in the suburbs is like having your own fortress, with a front yard and hedges to keep out prying eyes. Living in a condo in the city is a different experience. Your windows will be facing many other windows, and this can feel intrusive. However, this is part of the excitement of living in the city. There are always people to observe and interesting events to experience. You can protect your own privacy without blocking out the magnificent city views by investing in good one-way residential window film. This addition can also keep your apartment cool even when surrounded by skyscrapers by reflecting sunlight away.
Local laws might be different
This is not something we think of often when moving within the same country. Local laws can vary from city to city, taking one by surprise. Laws and rules are also laxer in the suburbs than in the city. This is strictly enforced when it comes to parking, driving, and zoning laws, making driving in the city a stressful thought for many. When you move to the city, make sure that you talk to your neighbours about any unusual laws or steep fines, have all your passes and stickers ready, and familiarize yourself with the quirks of each important street in your neighbourhood.
Making friends is easier
City dwellers are sometimes known for being busy, only minding their own business. This is a common misunderstanding of the city mindset. It is not that city folks are unfriendly; it is simply that they do not interfere in other people’s affairs unless they have been invited to. In this way, making friends in the city is often easier in specific social events. Apartment blocks and communities usually have their own events and common spaces such as poolside parties where you can meet your neighbours. The best thing about the city is that there is something in it for everyone.
Your expenses will be moved around
City living can be expensive if not planned for in advance. The prices of everyday items such as food and gas are higher. If planned carefully, this can be offset by savings in other areas. Living in the city, you will probably save on transportation costs by taking public transport everywhere. Living in an apartment also comes with cost savings as maintenance is paid for, and there are fewer things to take care of.
Living in the city is a great experience for young professionals and small families. It comes with challenges and benefits, as most big decisions do. But with careful planning, it can be a very exciting prospect and something that everyone should do at least for a while in their lives.