I’m Relocating; Now What?
Relocating to a new city can be both exciting and challenging, whether it’s out of necessity or desire. Either way, you’ll need to do a little research before you make the move. Here are a few things you can do you prepare:
Make Your Quality of Life Wish List
Consider the things you love most about where you live right now. What elements of your current neighborhood do you want in your new location? Walk to everything? Total privacy? Family focused? Fun for singles? Warm weather? What is missing in your current neighborhood that would be on your wish list (start writing these down).
Start Your Research
Once you’ve compiled your must-haves, start your research. Gather neighborhood information from websites (like ours). Check travel websites like Trip Advisor, find out what visitors like most about these destinations. Leverage your social media connections; get feedback about your new destination (the world is smaller than you think). Do a Google search for community blogs; chances are, someone is writing about the area.
Crunch the Numbers
Use a cost of living calculator (like ours) to compare the cost of living in your current location to your destination. Home prices can be radically different from one area to another. Make sure to factor in taxes too.
A big move can force you to think about what’s right for the future, not just for the right now. If you are planting roots in a new destination consider big picture items like schools, job growth and healthcare facilities. These elements might not be on your radar right now, but if you plan on staying a while, they should be.
Work with a Professional
Some companies will assist transferees by utilizing a relocation company; if you are relocating on your own, it’s still best to work with someone that can help you every step of the way. Relocation professionals are masters at dealing with the unexpected and juggling a hundred things at once. Ask your real estate agent to connect you with someone in your new destination; you’ll be in the best possible hands.