Relocating to a new city can be stressful. You’re leaving your old life and home behind, perhaps friends and family, and you’re not sure what to expect. At Merchant of Homes, we want to make that process as stress-free as possible.
Here’s what you need to know before relocating to a new city:
Have a Plan
Before you move to a new city, have a plan. How will you transport your pets? Will you be using a moving company or do it yourself? Will you be able to take your car? Do you need to sell your home, and do you plan on buying again or renting?
Having a plan will make moving more efficient.
Set Your Budget
Before you begin your move, set your budget. This can include hiring a moving company, moving insurance, staying at a hotel if needed, and essentials, like groceries. Having more money than you think you’ll need in reserve is always a good idea. That way, you won’t be taken aback by unforeseen costs.
Know What to Pack
Do you need all those small kitchen appliances? Knowing what to pack and what to leave behind will help you with a fresh start and pare down things you don’t need. This can also include things like clothes. You don’t need it if you haven’t used it in the past year.
Find a Reliable Moving Service
If you decide to work with a moving service, find one that is reliable and has a good reputation. Find an accredited company with an online presence with reviews on sites like the Better Business Bureau and Angie’s List, and always ask for cost estimates.
Research Neighborhoods in Your New City
Take the time to research your desired area to learn more about it. Does it have good walkability? Is it conveniently located for you in terms of work, groceries, and other services? What’s the school district like?
Find a Local Real Estate Agent
Before you begin your move, find a local real estate agent. They have extensive knowledge about the area and will be able to find you a home within your price range. They will also have access to resources to make your move easier if they specialize in relocation.
At Merchant of Homes, we know Missouri. We also have connections and will advocate for you as you go through the steps of buying. We will also help with essential paperwork and other documents, so you understand what you’re signing.