With so many responsibilities involved in order to buy, sell, pack, move, transfer accounts, protect investments and keep your family from going crazy, here are 7 tips to help the relocation process be a successful one.
1. Hire a Relocation Specialist
Moving across town can be a big to-do. Relocating to another state is another story altogether, never mind if that state is across the continental US. Working with a relocation specialist – a Realtor highly experienced in moving clients across state borders- will make your life much, much easier.
Our agents are experts at selling and buying homes in Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire, so if you’re moving here and need to buy a home or if you’re selling your home here, we have agents who specialize in your area available to get this process started right now.
If you’re leaving our territory, we can connect you with a top producing agent in your new home state. We are part of a network called Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, of which only top-producing agents around the world are invited. This means that we can help you find the perfect agent wherever you want to go. You can carry the trust you have with Lamacchia Realty to your new home and your relocation will be a breeze.
2. Pick a State
If you already know which state you’re moving to due to a job relocation or desired climate, you have a big step out of the way. If you know that your current residential state belongs in your rear-view but have no idea where you’re going, you have some research to do.
Consider what is necessary to make you happy and feel successful. Climate, job market, educational opportunities, and recreational experiences are some of the more significant factors in determining a new region. Look into the taxes in the cities and towns you’re interested in. A helpful factor is being aware of what travel back to visit family and friends will be like.
3. Determine a Neighborhood
Now you have a state and most likely an area within that state that you’re aiming for. It’s time to begin researching neighborhoods. Seek information on what your commute will be like, how long it’ll take to get to the city, how close you want to be to parks, public transportation, what the local schools are rated, and routes to school. It’s good to know where the nearest gas station, hospital, grocery stores, and gyms are so that you’re not out for twenty-five minutes just to go buy eggs and fill your gas tank.
4. List Your Home For Sale
In the meantime, you’re also supposed to be considering how you’re going to sell your current home. Your agent will give you homework. Prep your home for sale by decluttering, maintaining the landscaping, fixing any broken fixtures inside and out, cleaning and depersonalizing the home for showings, and setting an appropriate listing price. Put it on the market. Accept an offer.
5. Find a New Home
Talk to your family and friends about the upcoming move. Prepare the kids by getting them excited about the new experiences and interesting new area that will become home. If you’ve already gained pre-approval for a mortgage, begin a focused home search and determine how many bedrooms, bathrooms, lot size, pet allowances and amenities you need in a home that would best fit your desired lifestyle and budget. Your relocation specialist will set up showings at as many homes as possible during your scheduled visit to the area.
While you’re there, talk to the neighbors about the neighborhood, the schools, how their kids get to school, what area traffic is like and about the community. Put an offer on your dream home, close papers and begin packing.
At this point, your relocation specialist would have likely recommended a mover and may have suggested that you pack only your beloved items. Sell, donate or trash anything you know isn’t important enough for the move. The more you bring, the more you’ll have to pay the movers to unpack and organize.
Label all boxes with their assigned rooms. Pack suitcases for each family member for easy access to essentials during the first few days. Pack toiletries, a few days’ worth of outfits, towels, shower essentials, shoes and a bottle of champagne to celebrate your first night in your new home. You don’t want to dig through three boxes just to find your computer charger.
Once you and your belongings arrive, unpack the kid’s belongings first to help them feel acclimated to their new environment. Toys and games to keep them occupied while you organize should be a priority. The kitchen and bathrooms are next, your bedroom and then the common areas last. Ahead of time, you hopefully researched some decent take-out options so that you can eat on the fly without feeling horrible afterwards. It’s recommended to try to keep the kid’s and the pet’s routines as normal as possible to avoid the feeling of utter upheaval in their lives.
7. Connect with Area Business and People
A couple weeks before you move, you’ll have to notify the post office of the address change and cancel any reoccurring charges to your existing billing address among various other essential tasks, which we outlined for you in our recent blog, Your Home is Sold, Now What? Once you arrive, you’ll have to replace those accounts with new area based companies and transfer the billing/service address.
In the days and weeks after your move, you’ll begin to meet people in your area, at work and other parents at the kid’s schools. You’ll begin to mount décor once you’re sure of the appropriate placement and you’ll start to take advantage of all the reasons you moved to this new state in the first place. This new place will begin to feel like home.
It is quite an arduous process to sell your current home and to buy one at the same time in a distant location. Hiring the right relocation specialist is strongly suggested to manage all the work, contracts, effort and research required to make this a successful transition.
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