Whether you are making the first move into your new home or you figure that you already know the ins and outs of navigating a new place, it’s always a good idea to have a reference list handy when planning out your agenda. Moving may often seem like a hassle, but it doesn’t always have to be. Knowing which relocation resources are at your disposal is the first step to making a smooth move! From your old place to the move on the road, and finally to your destination, we’ve mapped out a few handy things to take note of to ensure that your relocation runs issue-free.
Research and Planning
There are so many resources available for finding the best new place to call home, so don’t worry if you feel overwhelmed! By using a multi-step process to find a space that will meet your criteria, it shouldn’t be difficult in the beginning to narrow down the general area, then neighborhood you’d be interested in according to your needs.
Pick Out and Prioritize Your Parameters
It can be hard finding the perfect place that fits your budget and other needs, but it makes it easier when choosing which factors matter most to you, then ranking them by importance. This might include the cost of living, employment, amenities, crime rates and school rates, weather, and whether your assumed area lies in an urban, suburban, or rural area. Here are a few internet resources that may be helpful:
Finding the Right Fit
Once you’ve found these key pieces of information, it’s time to dig a bit deeper. Finding and joining Facebook groups or forums belonging to your choice area, as well as searching government and city websites will give you a general idea of how good of a fit the community you are joining will be for you. Feel free to reach out to realtors in the area for advice and resources. Chances are that they’ll know the area you are researching inside and out and can act as a valuable resource. Here are a few internet resources that may be of help:
Research your Resources
For some, convenience is key. It helps to know the grocery stores, convenience stores, gas stations, and other places that you may frequent in your new neighborhood.
Making the Move
Choosing the right moving company to fit your needs will give you the peace of mind that your valuables will arrive safely, on time, and in good condition – within the budget, you planned for. There are several factors that go into selecting your preferred service. If you’re moving into a small town or county, many go local and opt for family run moving services. In bigger cities, there are several nationally established and trusted movers that will easily do the job with the track record to prove it. These include:
Budgeting Your Time
Uneven leasing periods, multiple moves, or scheduling conflicts often create unprecedented stress when things don’t go as planned. It’s always helpful to have a storage space service in mind to give yourself time to sort out the nitty-gritty. Some storage companies make it easy to pay with online billing and other options, so be sure to look into what would be most convenient for filling in any gaps. This way, your most valuable things that are too big to haul around, like furniture, will be kept safe and sound. A few reliant storage companies include:
It’s always a good idea to do a bit of research beforehand to know how to best acclimate to your surroundings. Taking a look at the different neighborhoods in the area, the education system, schools, and nearby shops and stores is a great way to strategize what things to bring or leave behind. Reach out to family or friends in the area and browse the city or county website to get a glimpse of the new life you’ll have once relocated.
Adjusting to a new environment can be daunting, but you can feel like you’re part of the community by subscribing to your local newspapers or magazines – even without having moved in yet. While you might not be able to get it to your doorstep just yet, keeping up with community news is a great way to see what is happening at a glance! Mark in any fun events, sales, or exhibits that you don’t want to miss on your calendar, so you have things to look forward to when you arrive.