When you’re looking for a place to live, one factor to consider is how much it’s going to cost. The median list price per square foot in Connecticut is $167; in New York City, it averages around $843, unless you’re in Manhattan, where it’s over $1,500. This savings is one huge reason people are choosing to move to Connecticut from New York City.
That being said, moving from NYC to Connecticut means making some serious lifestyle changes. First and foremost, the odds are pretty good you’re going to need a car. While many New Yorkers go their entire lives getting everyone on foot or via the train, that’s not going to work in Connecticut. It’s a mixed blessing: owning and maintaining a car is definitely an expense, but it does make things like stocking up at the grocery store and taking the kids out on an adventure much, much easier.
Moving to Connecticut can mean you have a much larger place to call home. If you’ve been living in a 600-foot apartment for quite some time, going into a 1,000 or even 2,000+ sq ft home can be a mind-blowing experience. Once you get done marveling at all the space, the next feeling can be one of panic as you realize you need furniture, window treatments, and the like in quantities you never required before. Before you get overwhelmed, stop and breathe: there’s no rule that says you have to get everything all at once. Get some curtains up right away, but then proceed forward at your own pace. This keeps stress levels down and makes managing your budget easier.
It may be that your move to Connecticut makes you a homeowner, perhaps for the first time ever. There’s a lot of work involved with homeownership, including things like home maintenance, snow removal, and keeping up the lawn. Getting geared up for this doesn’t have to be an all-at-once endeavor. It can be very helpful to ask your new neighborhoods for recommendations for services like trash removal and snow plowing.
There’s a lot of fun to be had in Connecticut. Whether you’re looking for family-friendly activities, cultural events, or outdoor adventure, life in Connecticut has plenty to offer you. And if you miss some of what was left behind in New York City, it’s only a short drive away!