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Moving to a new area is scary, fun, and a whirlwind of additional emotions. If it is your first time moving to a new area, you might be a bit confused when it comes to a starting spot. What are you supposed to do first to ensure a seamless, stress-free move? It can definitely be a bit confusing and overwhelming – that’s for sure – but, if you are able to sit down, write out a to-do list, and take it step by step, it will make it much easier for you.
While moving to a new area is more than likely a huge, great step, it is also a step that will affect your entire life, so it’s really important that you plan in advance and get everyone (yourself, your family, and your home) prepared in advance, with time to spare. If this sounds like something you are struggling with right now, or potentially in the future, keep reading because I’m sharing some easy tips to help you move to a new area…without the stress!
Figure Out Where
Your first step when it comes to moving to a new area is figuring out where you want to land. Obviously, I highly recommend Florida, but to each his own! You might already have a place in mind, or even know a specific area you need to be in for work. But if you don’t, it’s easy to do some research online!
When you are looking for a new place to live, consider everything that is important to you. There are many things to consider such as how close restaurants and coffee shops are from your home, if there are any fitness studios nearby, and how far your commute will be, if you know where your new job will be. Consider if you need to be within walking distance of the places you like to go, or if driving would be fine.
Find A Good Agent
The second step (once you know where you want to live) is to find a really good, reputable real estate agent. The trick when it comes to finding a real estate agent is to find someone that is knowledgeable in the specific area where you are searching for a new home. For example, if you are looking for old homes for sale in San Marco, then you will definitely need an agent such as Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty, Erin E. King MBA. Erin E. King specializes in historic homes in the Jacksonville area and is happy to help you search for your perfect home. Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty, Erin E. King MBA is open right now. They are taking every precaution at this time for your safety and will continue providing 5-star historic real estate services throughout Jacksonville, FL. Erin says that now is the perfect time to plan your dream home while the market is ready for buyers!
An agent that knows the area is your best bet since you aren’t 100% familiar with it yourself. He or she can show you the parts to avoid, they know how to negotiate for that specific area and homes, and they can give you many recommendations for great contractors. Erin, specifically, has a list of contractors that he/his clients has/have worked with in the past. A good agent can also help you navigate where the schools are so you can research which schools you may want your children to attend.
Consider How You Will Move
Next up: consider how you will move. Will you be moving yourself, or will you hire movers to do the job for you? If you are trying to do it yourself, plan in advance to figure out how long it will take you. Make sure you are not forgetting to factor in time for packing, as well, because that definitely takes some time! Are you capable of moving the big furniture items in your home? For example – couches, beds, dressers, and even larger equipment such as any gym items (treadmills, ellipticals, etc.) and outdoor items that you are moving such as garden boxes, playgrounds, and large lawnmowers? If you answered no to any of these questions, I recommend looking into a moving company. Also, don’t forget to factor in HOW you are going to get it all to your new city. Do you have the space in your vehicles for everything? Will you have to rent a vehicle? Is the cost of that worth it since you will be doing all of the heavy lifting? Consider it all!
Research Essential Businesses Before Moving
One of my final tips is to research essential businesses before you are moving. If you are switching cities or even states, you will probably want or need to find new doctors, dentists, etc. Research it all BEFORE moving to ensure that you are not just rushing into any random doctor’s office. In addition to health visits, I always recommend researching restaurants and things to do in the area! While you probably already did this to some extent to make sure that it’s a city you want to move to, now is the time to really dig deep and find out all of the ‘must go’ spots! This will get you excited about the new options that you have. A good way to do this is to join facebook groups or nextdoor groups for the city or neighborhood you’re moving to and ask around!
There are many different tips to help you move to a new area! Let me know – what are your favorite moving tips?
Check out our free two page printable Moving Checklist! Download it below and print it up to use for your next move!