Life is wonderfully adventurous and sometimes unpredictable…and sometimes we find ourselves moving to a new town (or even province or country) for our work, our family or maybe because our spouse was transferred or we’re heading back to school. Whatever the reasons, packing up and moving away never seems quite as romantic or whimsical as it is on TV. Although embarking on a new adventure is definitely exciting, you want to be well-prepared, which means there’s work to be done for it to run as smoothly as possible. There are several key things we all need to do to make our transition out of one place and into another one as smooth as possible; check out our top relocation tips here:
1) Have a plan of action
The more time you have to prepare for your move, the better…especially if you’re looking for work, if you need to buy and/or sell a home, or if you need to arrange for visas or other travel documents. If you have kids, you’ll need to organize school transfers, and help them ease into this transition slowly. If you’re selling your home, you’ll need to think about preparing and staging it, including getting a start on any home repairs, purging and preliminary packing. Talk to your Realtor® sooner than later if you’re contemplating a move so he or she can guide you through the process.
2) Make sure you’re financially ready
If you’re moving because you have a great new job offer, then that’s a good sign you’re ready. However, if you don’t have employment in the new location arranged yet or if you’re moving to a region with a higher cost of living than you’re used to, you’ll need to ensure you are financially secure for the first while to help you get by. For example, you’ll need to cover first and last month’s rent if you are renting, or the down-payment and closing costs if you’re buying, which can eat up your savings pretty quickly. Be sure to have a solid plan in place and prepare for the unexpected.
3) Research & explore galore!
The Internet is extremely helpful to research all the stats and facts about any new destination. You can find out a lot about local schools, crime rates, career and employment stats, average home prices, cost of living, and even the top-rated restaurants.
However, to truly get a feel for your new city, it’s important to visit it in person and spend the time getting to know the ins and outs, the nooks and crannies. Try to stay with friends or relatives who can show you around. Walk everywhere and talk to as many people as time allows! Visit the grocery store, chat with the local shop-keepers, café staff, tourism offices and even the local chamber of commerce. It’s always advisable to set up an appointment with a local Realtor® if you’re thinking of buying a home, as they will know the area and the local housing market. Contact your Realtor® who will put you in touch with a competent one from the area who they know will do an excellent job for you.
4) Plan to do some paperwork
Planning a successful move within the same city involves a fair bit of organization and paperwork, so be prepared for even more when you move out of town or across the country. Here are just some of the tasks to put on your ‘to do’ list before your big move:
• Arrange for new cell phone number(s) and Internet access (or cable TV, satellite service, etc.)
• Transfer bank accounts or open new ones
• Organize your finances, taxes and investments and get a mortgage pre-approval if buying a new home or condo
• Transfer your insurance (home/auto/etc.) or find a new company if needed
• Look into new doctors, dentists and other health care providers and if/how your old files can be transferred
• Book moving trucks well in advance
• Arrange for new utility hook-ups such as hydro, water and natural gas
• Look into programs/daycare/services for kids and register them for any sports teams or other interests they may have
Whether you’re making your move on your own exciting terms or because that’s just what life has in store for you for the next while, we want your move to be smooth and easy every step of the way! If you’re new to the beautiful region of the Georgian Triangle, Grey County, Collingwood, Blue Mountain, Wasaga Beach or Meaford, we welcome you! You’re in for a big treat and we know you’ll love it here. Buying or selling your home or condo in this area can be a super stress-free process when you work with our knowledgeable Realtors®. Call on the experts at Clairwood Real Estate today at 705-445-7085.