Getting ready to relocate and move is both exciting and challenging. With all the details, being well-prepared is crucial for success.
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Ten Important Steps Before Relocating
1. Do the Research
Get a feel for your new location. Request local brochures and maps from the chamber of commerce to learn more about the various neighborhoods. Join Social Media groups about the area to get an idea of local events and the overall vibe. Doing this research will help you prepare for a new lifestyle in another area.
Familiarize yourself with demographics, schools, and crime. Also, find out the proximity to places such as shopping, groceries medical facilities, and recreation.
2. Establish a Moving Budget
Determine whether or not it will best fit your budget to DIY it or to hire a moving company. Typically, the further you go, the most expensive it is. Some cost considerations are the cost of travel, packing and moving essential items like boxes, tape and packing items, garbage removal, and storage.
Plus, consider other costs after moving. Examples of this are auto insurance, septic pumping oil vs. natural gas and more. Figure these expenses into your new household budget. Some questions may require assistance from a financial professional. Always try to put away extra money for unexpected expenses.
3. Map Out the Relocation Site
If you can, visit the area you plan on moving to before making the purchase of your new home. Map out the area, visit local venues to feel the neighborhood and decide where you would be comfortable. Keep in mind how far your place of employment is to minimize commute.
Consider whether you want to be near shopping and schools or natural features, such as parks and lakes. If you cannot make an in-person visit, utilize Google Maps to get a lay of the land.
4. Get Organized
Organization is critical during the days and weeks leading up to your relocation. Establish a moving file that stays with you through the journey. Include necessary paperwork, such as deeds and recent tax returns. Consider storing personal documents in a safe deposit box, such as birth certificates and marriage licenses. Remember to take them with you when moving.
Then clean out your home and storage unit to streamline the moving process. Most people have more unnecessary items around than they think. If this is the case, get a dumpster to quickly and efficiently dispose of junk. Plus, your house shows better when it is tidy and uncluttered.
5. Assemble Your Professional Team
A successful move will requires assistance from a team of professionals. Find a preferred mortgage broker, real estate agent, accountant, lawyer, moving company, and handyman. Choose professionals who communicate effectively and make you feel at ease and be sure to discuss the terms to ensure everything goes smoothly.
6. Find a New Home
Finding your new home is an exciting but potentially nerve racking experience. Your real estate agent can offer resources to help you search online to find potential properties; some will even include virtual tours for those viewing from a distance. Remember to include house hunting time in your busy schedule.
Ask your agent about live tours on a live video chat or social media so that you can ask questions along the way. Once you find the right house, work with your team to prepare the paperwork and review the terms to ensure everything goes smoothly. If your employer is paying for relocation, get the financials in order.
7. Plan Out Packing
If you plan on purchasing new furniture and essentials, make sure you have accurate measurements of the rooms to ensure everything with fit correctly. Keep in mind, even with larger furniture out of the picture, you will still need to move clothing, photos, and other personal items.
Start by packing a suitcase of necessities for each household member if the move is delayed or items are lost. Everyone will be more comfortable with a change of clothes and underwear, pajamas, and toiletries. Purchase the essential supplies and mark everything into categories by room and subcategories of the items so unpacking is easier.
8. Monitor Memberships and Licenses
Relocating out of state usually means getting new drivers licenses. But do not forget about the requirements for work. In addition, don't forget about your furry friends and the new licenses for registering them with your local town. Plus, keep in mind items such as a library card that you’ll need in a new neighborhood.
Other considerations are club memberships and utilities. If you belong to a community organization, you may need to join another chapter or club when you move. Additionally, you may need utilities in two locations to move smoothly. Simplify the process using a free moving concierge service, such as BHGRE Moves.
9. Pick the Moving Date
Once the contracts are signed and a closing date set, it’s time to choose the moving date!
When choosing this date, keep in mind factors such as work, school schedules, weather, and availability of movers to pick a date. Moving during the holidays or weekends often means paying higher service rates.
Start packing about a month before the moving date. Give yourself plenty of additional time to sort, organize, order moving supplies, and packing. Take advantage of services such as the Salvation Army, Purple Heart Pick Up and Goodwill that pick up donations for free.
10. Be Ready for Your New Neighborhood
Its always good to plan for your new adventure before walking over that new front door threshold. Establish a new primary care physician, research local gym memberships, cancel old memberships and create new ones. Also, ask for essential records to register for school and new medical providers. For example, many schools request evidence of immunization.
If you're not driving to your new home, schedule a car transfer service. Remember to forward your mail, register to vote, and let everyone know you are relocating. Consider hiring a cleaning service and/or handyman to prep your new home for moving day. Make sure you have keys to your new house – and you leave keys for the new owners of your old one!
Relocation can be scary and that’s okay because everyone feels that way. Following these ten important steps before relocating helps ensure a smooth move!