The Ultimate Relocation Guide: From Finding a House to Feeling at Home (copy)
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The Ultimate Relocation Guide: From Finding a House to Feeling at Home (copy)

The peak moving season is upon us. In fact, according to Move.com, almost 70% of U.S. moves

occur between May and September. 1 And while the percentage of Americans who move each

year has declined, the desire to relocate remains strong. 2,3

In fact, Architectural Digest recently declared “Americans are restless” after a survey found that

55% of adults “are moving, plan to move, or want to move” in 2024. The top reasons included:

increased affordability; desire for safety; and closer proximity to work, family, or friends. 3

If you’re one of those millions of Americans yearning for a change, this guide is for you.

Sure, moving can feel overwhelming, and it’s notoriously stressful. But, we’ve outlined six steps

to make your move easier. Our hope is to alleviate some of the hassle of relocating—so you can

focus on the adventure ahead!

1. CHOOSE A COMMUNITY

When planning a relocation, one of the first things you’ll need to decide is where you want to

live. This could be as broad as an area of town, or you might narrow it down to a specific

neighborhood.

Depending on your priorities, you may want to start with communities that are close to work,

friends, family and/or your preferred schools. If you commute, map out the route and check on

the availability of public transportation, if you plan to use it. Then, if possible, try out the

commute during rush hour to see what it’s like.

Next, it’s crucial to consider housing prices and cost of living so you don’t set your sights on an

area that you can’t realistically afford. Don’t forget to look up local crime statistics to ensure the

community is safe. Finally, visit any neighborhoods you’re considering to gauge the vibe and

observe characteristics, like pedestrian accessibility, retail offerings, and population density.

Researching the ins and outs of various communities can be a time-consuming and sometimes

difficult process, but we’re here to help! Give us a call to discuss your needs and aspirations,

and we’d be happy to provide our recommendations of neighborhoods that may be a good fit for

you.

2. FIND YOUR NEW HOME

Once you’ve chosen an area to settle, the next decision you’ll need to make is whether you

want to rent or buy a home. Renting can be a good option if you’re new to town, especially if

you’re still saving up for a downpayment or you’re not ready to commit to a permanent location.

Benefits include flexibility, less maintenance, and lower upfront costs.

But, if you want to avoid multiple moves—and you’re financially able—there’s no reason to

delay the benefits of buying a home. Not only has homeownership been shown to increase your

quality of life, but it’s also one of the best ways to protect and grow your wealth. 4

The value of real estate will typically appreciate over time, and owners can build equity as they

pay down their mortgage. Homeowners can also receive federal income tax deductions for

mortgage interest and property taxes.

But, perhaps most importantly, homeownership offers stability. Property owners aren’t subject to

the mercy of their landlords each year. According to Statista, average U.S. rental prices have

risen more than 42% in the past 10 years. 5 In contrast, a fixed-rate mortgage payment doesn’t

rise at all.

If you decide to purchase a home and you choose us to represent you, you can rest easy

knowing that we will be there for you throughout the entire journey, working hard to make the

experience as easy and enjoyable as possible. Or, if you’re moving to a new area, we can refer

you to a local agent in our network who shares our commitment to client service.

For more information about buying a home and a timeline of the home buying process, reach

out to request a free copy of our Home Buyer’s Guide.

3. SELL OR RENT OUT YOUR CURRENT HOME

If you already own a home, you’ll also need to start the process of either selling it or renting it

out. We can help you evaluate your options based on current market conditions.

In many cases, our clients choose to sell so that they can use the equity in their current home to

make a downpayment on their next one. But selling your home while simultaneously buying a

new one can feel daunting to even the most seasoned homeowner.

Here are some of the most frequent concerns we hear from clients and our tips for addressing

them:

What will I do if I sell my house before I can buy a new one?

Check out furnished apartments, vacation rentals, and month-to-month leases. You may even

find that a short-term rental arrangement can offer you an opportunity to get to know your new

neighborhood better.

What if I get stuck with two mortgages at the same time?

Ask us about contingencies that can be included in your contracts. For example, it’s possible to

add a contingency to your purchase offer that lets you cancel the contract if you haven’t sold

your previous home. We can discuss the pros and cons of these types of tactics and what’s

realistic given the current market dynamics.

What if I mess up my timing or burn out from all the stress?

Enlist support as early as possible. It’s our job to guide you and advocate on your behalf, so

don’t be afraid to lean on us throughout the process. We’re here to ease your burden and make

your move as seamless and stress-free as possible.

In addition to answering your questions, we’ll give you an idea of how much equity you have in

your current home so you know how much you can afford to spend on your new one. Part of

that process will include a plan to maximize your current home’s sale price. We utilize a proven

strategy that’s designed to achieve an efficient sale while boosting your profits.

For a thorough breakdown of the technologies and marketing activities we use to get you the

most money for your home sale, ask us for a copy of our Property Marketing Plan.

4. PLAN YOUR DEPARTURE

Preparing for a move can be both exhilarating and exhausting. Fortunately, you don’t have to do

everything in a day. You don’t have to do it all alone, either. When you work with us, we’ll be

there every step of the way to help you navigate this process with ease. To that end, here are

some of our top tips to help you plan for your departure.

If you have children, we typically advise that you start by sharing news about the move in an

age-appropriate way. If possible, take them on a tour of your new home and neighborhood. This

can alleviate some of the mystery and apprehension around the move. Don’t forget to contact

their current and future schools, as well, to arrange for transfer and enrollment.

Next, you’ll want to start packing. To maintain order and make unpacking easier, we

recommend packing one room at a time. Clearly label each box with its contents and the room it

belongs to. And remember, there’s no use taking extraneous items with you. Use this

opportunity to purge or donate possessions that you no longer need.

If you will be using a moving company, start researching and pricing your options. Make sure

you’re working with a reputable service, and try to avoid paying a large deposit before your

belongings are delivered. Once you have a moving date scheduled, you should arrange to have

your utilities turned off or, if possible, transferred into the new homeowner’s name.

Finally, if you will be leaving friends or family behind, schedule get-togethers before your

departure. The last days before moving can be incredibly hectic, so make sure you block off

some time in advance for proper goodbyes.

Parting with a home and community you love can be hard, so try to stay focused on the exciting

opportunities ahead. Feel free to reach out for referrals to moving companies, packing services,

housekeepers, or any other resources that will make your move easier. We’d love to help.

5. PREPARE FOR YOUR ARRIVAL

While it’s tempting to get wrapped up in the departure details, don’t forget to plan ahead for your

arrival at your new home. To make your transition go smoothly, you should start preparing well

before moving day. Here are a few pro tips to help you get started.

First, think about the utilities that will need to be turned on, especially essentials like water,

electricity, and gas. Be sure to notify any relevant parties—banks, credit cards, subscriptions,

etc.—about your change of address so you don’t miss any important bills, notices, or deliveries.

You’ll also want to notify the postal service and submit a mail forwarding request.

If you plan to remodel, paint, or install new flooring, it’s often easier to have it done before you

bring in all of your belongings. You may also want to have the house professionally cleaned

before moving in.

Don’t forget about the items you’ll need (think toothbrush, towels, bedsheets) to make it through

the first night in your new home. Designate some boxes with “Open Me First!” labels. (Pro tip:

Keep a tool kit front and center for all that reassembling.)

Finally, create a list of all the restaurants you want to try and places you want to visit around

your newly purchased home. Having a to-explore list keeps everyone’s spirits high and gives

you starting points to settle into the neighborhood. If you’re relocating to our area, we can help!

Reach out for a list of recommendations.

6. GET SETTLED IN YOUR NEW SPACE

Studies show that moving can lead to feelings of loneliness and depression. 6 However, there

are ways to combat these negative effects. Here are a few strategies to help you and your

family get settled in the new space.

If you have children, start by unpacking their rooms first. Seeing familiar items will help ease

their transition and establish a “safe zone” where they can hang out away from the chaos of

moving day. If possible, let them have a say in how their room is decorated.

Pets can also get overwhelmed by a new, unfamiliar space. Let them adjust to a single room

first, which should include their favorite toys, treats, food and water bowl, and a litter box for

cats. Once they seem comfortable, you can gradually introduce them to other rooms in the

home.

Don’t forget to take care of yourself, too. Try to schedule breaks to get out of the house and

investigate your new area. If you travel by foot or bicycle, you’ll gain the mood-boosting

advantages of fresh air and exercise.

You can combat feelings of isolation by making an effort to meet people in your new community.

Find a local interest group, take a class, join a place of worship, or volunteer for a cause. Don’t

wait for friends to come knocking on your door. Instead, go out and find them.

To that end, make an effort to introduce yourself to your new neighbors, invite them over for

coffee or dinner, and offer assistance when they need it. Once you’ve developed friendships

and a support system within your new neighborhood, it will truly start to feel like home.

7. LET’S GET MOVING

While moving is never easy, these steps offer an action plan to get you started on your new

adventure. With a little preparation—and the right team of professionals to assist you—it is

possible to have a positive relocation experience.

We specialize in assisting home buyers and sellers with a seamless and “less-stress” relocation.

Along with our referral network of moving companies, contractors, cleaning services, interior

designers, and other home service providers, we can help take the hassle and headache out of

your upcoming move. Give us a call or message us to schedule a free, no-obligation

consultation!

The above references an opinion and is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be financial, legal, or tax

advice. Consult the appropriate professionals for advice regarding your individual needs.

Sources:

1. Moving.com –

https://www.moving.com/tips/12-tips-for-moving-during-peak-moving-season/

2. Moving.com –

https://www.moving.com/tips/moving-trends-predictions-for-2024/

3. Architectural Digest –

https://www.architecturaldigest.com/reviews/moving/moving-trends-survey

4. National Association of Realtors –

https://www.nar.realtor/infographics/the-benefits-of-homeownership

5. Statista –

https://www.statista.com/statistics/200223/median-apartment-rent-in-the-us-since-1980

6. Psychology Today –

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/is-where-you-belong/201607/why-youre-miserable-after-move