Relocating to a new area can be fun and rewarding experience. You get to learn all about a new place, make new friends and enjoy something different. However it can also be stressful and expensive if not planned for correctly. So how can you make it an effective and efficient process with the least amount of headaches!?
The biggest advice we can give you if you are relocating to a new area is this. Do your homework! You can never do enough research. Research the area you are looking at, its local amenities, grocery store locations, hospitals, crime rates, dentists, auto shops, parks, everything! Don’t just look online for this information, call up the city hall or county offices and get information from them or even any local visitors/tourist information offices too.
Moving Your Possessions:
If you are part of a corporate relocation, make sure to find out if there are any moving/relocation expenses that the company are paying for. For general relocation, make sure you interview several moving companies to move your possessions so that you can get a range of prices. Don’t be afraid to ask for testimonials and research them online for any negative reviews. Make sure you get written estimates by companies so that you can hold them to a price!
Be methodical with your packing if you are packing your things yourself, group items together by room, number boxes and have an inventory spreadsheet. Use the packing process as a chance to de-clutter and throw away junk and donate item you no longer want or need. After all it is pointless packing and moving items when you might throw them away when you get to your new home!
Finding a home in your new area:
When it comes to finding a new home, hire a knowledgeable Real Estate agent who knows the local market. When you find neighborhoods you like, ask some of the neighbors in the community about the location to find out as much as you can. Drive around the neighborhood at different hours to gauge traffic levels and community activity. If you are unsure about buying straight away, have your Real Estate agent find you a rental property for a few months so you can spend time focussing on what type of property you really want and where.
Inform companies that you have accounts or dealings with that you re moving and give them your new address as soon as you have it. Use the USPS’s Change of Address service to catch any mail that you missed so it will be redirected.
With the proper planning, relocating to a new area can be a relatively straightforward process. Contact us today if you are looking for professional relocation advice!