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Things to Look Into for a Big 2020 Moving to a New Area
People have a wide variety of reasons for wanting to move away from one home to another.
They may want to upscale, downscale, move for their kids’ education, or they may simply just want to live a whole new lifestyle starting somewhere different in a place they have seen while traveling.
Whatever the reasons, moving house is deemed one of the most stressful experiences somebody can go through.
Moving home is stressful at the best of times–but a move to a new city or state can bring with it a whole lot of other things to consider.
Making the decision to move home is not an easy one, but for those who are ready to take the plunge and make a big move, there is much to do following this.
From finding your new home to thinking about what you’ll want to take with you to your new home, there are plenty of things to plan and to get the process going once that decision has been made.
Here is your checklist of things to research before moving to a new area and moving yours and your family’s life to a new state.
Visit Your (Potential) New City
This one seems incredibly obvious, but some people base their opinions of a new place through word of mouth or via internet research– where the likelihood of getting an accurate perspective of a new city is pretty slim.
However, you might have experienced the city, be it through a short vacation or childhood memories of much-loved family experiences, you’ll need deeper insight and more recent perspective into what your potential new home has to offer you in there here and now.
Visit the city and the surrounding areas and stay locally for a bit to get a feel for the place. Go to local tourist attractions and pick up flyers with recommended venues.
Visit local hot-spots by researching on review websites such as TripAdvisor to see what locals are proud of.
Take a walk around the city to get a feel of the walkability, check out public transits to see how you can get around the place if you don’t have a car.
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If you have school-age children, you’ll want to research what kind of education they’ll be getting in their potential new city.
A quick Google will show you exactly what schools are in the area in different neighborhoods, and use websites with parental ratings to see what parents really think of the schools in the area.
Remember, changes in teachers and school leaders can really change the feeling of a school, so make sure to get the most up to date information and reviews about the school.
Find a Place to Live
Apartment, studio, small house, large house- whatever your personal preference or need, it is necessary to find a place to live in your new city. Ideally, you should find this place before you make the big move.
However, if that’s not possible right away, look into short-term rentals through Air BnB and such- this will give you a chance to focus on adjusting to a new area while looking for a more permanent home.
This will also serve as an opportunity to really think about what you need from a home. Like entertaining? An open plan kitchen/dining/living area will work well for you.
Planning on growing your family in a new state? Think about the number of bedrooms you’ll need to fit people in.
Moving to a New Area -Budget and Save
Moving is e-x-p-e-n-s-i-v-e! Without a shadow of a doubt, moving out of state costs even more than traditional moving within the state–that goes without saying.
It costs on average $4000 to move out of state if using a professional moving service. Other options are available, such as hiring your own van and asking friends to help shift furniture, but the $$ will still add up when fuel costs are added.
Put more money aside than you think you may need for incidentals.
However, if you’re lucky enough to be moving for the sake of a job- check with your company whether they have the budget to assist with relocation costs.
For those of you not lucky enough to get those kinds of costs covered, there are plenty of ways to raise the funds to make your move- if moving to a smaller home, funds can be found from selling larger pieces of furniture.
Don’t live beyond your means, create budgets that you stick to intensely to make sure you’re never caught short in a time where many things end up costing more than anticipated.
Pack It Up and Clear it Out
Making the decision to move also brings with it the decision to pack up all of your possessions that go with living in a home for a certain amount of time.
If you’re moving to a smaller home, it’s obvious that taking some of your furniture with you may well not be an option.
Use this opportunity to have a clear out of the things you no longer need or no longer serve a purpose in your life or future.
Don’t bring things with you that you haven’t used in the previous couple of years- if they haven’t been used before then, the likelihood is they won’t be used in your new home, either.
Sort out your junk- one man’s trash is another man’s treasure after all.
Moving to a New Area: Research Moving Companies
Now you’ve chosen the city and the place, it’s time to think about how you’re going to get there.
Whether you choose to DIY and go through leasing a truck, or paying the professionals, make sure you get the service you need.
Check reviews online and make contact with at least three to four different companies, ensuring that they are all licensed and insured to move all of your belongings interstate if you’re choosing to go down that route!
There are plenty of extra things to do when moving to a new place— do your research and plan well!