Moving is said to be one of the most stressful times in a person’s life which is compounded if you are moving to a new state or country that you have lived before.
Be prepared for the move. Research the area as best as you can by visiting it before, speaking to friends or family you have in the area, and look up different statistics. The best ways to get an idea of an area that you can’t visit beforehand is looking up school ratings and crime statistics. Its no secret that the nicer areas typically have lower crime rates and better schools. If you don’t have anyone in the area, contact a local real estate agent to see if they can give you an idea of the type of housing available (agents cant say whether one area is better than another, but they can tell you the type of houses like age, size, etc. that you can expect to find).
There is always the option of staying in a hotel, but usually this isn’t very comfortable after the first week. If you can secure a short term lease, this may be beneficial to you, but it may be hard to find something short term.
Know the market. Each state has its own system in place. Some have higher taxes, while others charge more for other services such as car registration. One part of the state may be cheaper then another so keep this in mind. When creating your budget, be sure to include flexibility just in case its more expensive then you anticipated. Who knows, maybe it will be cheaper and you’ll end up with a little moving bonus for you and your family.
Moving to a new place means you have to create a new life. You may have friends and family in placed, but you will need to reestablish your day to day habits. Where you go shopping, when is the best time to go out dinner to beat the crowds, etc. Establishing a routine within the first few days will help break you in.
If you have no friends or family where you are going, this becomes more difficult because you are starting off fresh. While to some that sounds like a blessing, re-establishing your social structure takes time. Depending on where you are coming from, there may be cultural differences that take time to get used to. Keep an open mind and try new things. Put yourself out there until you find your niche and slowly redevelop your social network. It will take about 9 months to a year to have a stable network (obviously this can vary from person to person based on personality).
One of the best ways to help ease your transition is by working with local real estate agents and property management companies. Most likely you are not very familiar with the area. By contacting and expert property manager, like Certified Property Solutions, they can help you find a home in an area that meets your needs. Whether your moving to Honolulu Hawaii, Las Vegas, or Los Angeles, real estate agents can be an invaluable resource.
June 17, 2014