New locations can bring new opportunities, experiences and relationships. But it can also bring some stress and uncertainty. The best way to maximize all the exciting parts about relocating to a new home and feel confident in wherever life is taking you is by planning ahead. And that means knowing the right questions to ask yourself. Knowledge is power, so tap into those resources with 4 important things to consider before you move.
- Your New Neighborhood
Before you even start looking at houses, browse the neighborhoods. Within any city or county, you have a lot of options, and even just a few blocks can make a huge difference. Technology can be your best friend when it comes to doing your research. Consider what aspects about where you live matter most to you. If you have young children or are planning to start a family, it could be the school district. Maybe walkability is important. How far away is your job location and what are the commuting options? You can always renovate and remodel a home to make it just right, but location is one thing you can’t change, so get all the information to make the best decision for you.For a little extra help, contact a real estate agent who specializes in the area you are considering, so you can get expert advice regarding all your questions. Utilize all your resources to make the process easier and be happier in your new town.
- Hiring Movers to Make Your Life WAY Easier
Moving your entire home or apartment is almost impossible for one or two people to handle. Instead of finding that out the hard way, just take our expert word for it. As you begin preparing for your move, look into reputable movers in your area that can help make the process so much easier on you. Your moving to-do list is big enough without adding heavy lifting, loading and transportation of large furniture, valuables and other specialty items to it as well. Recruiting friends to help you may be a more cost-effective solution, but it’s not always the smartest. With a professional moving team, you can not only take advantage of their experience, but their resources as well. From certified truck drivers to special packing materials, project managers, move consultations and more, you’ll feel much more confident that your belongings are safe and cared for, while you stay as involved as you’d like.
- Do You Have a Timeline?
Whether you’re starting a new job in a new town or relocating before the next school year starts- even if you have no deadline at all- it’s important to plan out where you want to be and when you want to be there. The earlier you figure out these details, the better you can ensure you’ll be ready when the time comes. This means giving yourself enough lead time for tasks like booking a mover, packing up your belongings, scheduling utilities, or any departing details with your current home. Notifying a landlord 30 days in advance is one thing, but preparing a home you own to sell is another. Consider all the things on your moving to-do list, so you can set realistic goals for your move.Knowing your timeline can also apply to how long you plan on being in your new location. If the answer is indefinitely, then decluttering is a helpful way to lighten the load of moving everything you own. If your move has an expiration date, consider the possibility of storage to protect and preserve items that you won’t necessarily need now, but will want in the future.
- Budget, Budget, Budget
This is a big one. Buying a new home is a huge investment, and if you’re a first-time buyer or moving up, it’s important to prepare for the additional costs you incur with a new mortgage. Fixer-uppers are a great value in the long run, but you’ll have to factor the expenses of renovations and upgrades into your budget to figure out what you can afford or what home improvement loans you may qualify for. Even if you’re just renting, the cost of living in a new city may be very different than what you’re used to, so do your research ahead of time, so you know what to expect. And don’t forget the process of moving has its expenses too, so consider all the factors when budgeting for a new home.
Now that we’ve got your wheels turning, the planning can begin. As you start mapping out your big move, take note of some other costly mistakes you’ll want to avoid.
- Not researching your moving company
- Self-moving without looking into your options
- Not making a moving checklist
- Packing on your own (especially with valuables or antiques)
- Not buying insurance on your valuables
If a move is in your near future, contact us to help you start making your checklist. The sooner you know what you want and what your options are, the sooner you can enjoy life in your new home. No matter where your life may take you, Hughes Relocation Services is here for you every mile of the journey.