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Moving to Naperville or the suburbs of Chicago

Moving from a small town or suburb to a large city like Chicago can be an intimidating proposition. Even moving from a smaller town to one of Chicagoland's larger suburbs like Naperville, Schaumburg or Aurora can be as overwhelming as it is exciting. Here are a few tips to help make your move 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 that area. If you can, visit a city before moving and connect with someone who lives there, like a local Realtor.

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. If you can’t get there, find a friend or an employer to check for you. 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 people in a larger city can be daunting. Don’t expect the neighbors to knock your door down with a casserole when you arrive: city life is often too noisy and hectic. Take the initiative. If there are things you liked to do in your town, find ways to do those things in the city. Try new things. Volunteer. Big cities offer so many opportunities to engage other people, so find what you like. People here in Chicagoland are known for friendliness and hospitality, you'll see.

Mind your wallet. City life is expensive. Everything costs more: food, insurance, clothes, rent. There are also a lot more ways to get ripped off, whether legally or criminally. Be careful how you spend, and know where your money is going.

When you're ready to make a move, contact the Graham Real Estate Group by emailing or by phone 630-296-7653. We'll do our best to help you understand the suburbs of Chicagoland as well as the many neighborhoods Chicago has to offer.