Relocation can be a daunting process for even the most organized. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with relo-tips that will make your move, well…if not easy, then certainly less painful.
If you’re moving to a new city, Google can be a great starting point for collecting raw data which will help guide you to choosing a city that matches your criteria, such as:
- Household demographics
- Local economy and cost of living
- Social demographics
- Parks and Recreation
- Healthcare Transportation
- If you have kids, visit greatschools.org for data on school districts, test scores and graduation rates.
- Consult city and government websites to learn even more about city government and local events.
Once you’ve narrowed down your city-search on paper, visit each city in person, and imagine yourself living there to find the right match. Identify neighborhoods that match your profile:
- Distinguish neighborhoods within your budget.
- Determine if the neighborhood is a good fit. Is it hip and young? Are there kids skateboarding and families walking, or is it an older and quiet community with few people about?
- Is it close to schools?
- If you have kids, you may consider checking Sex Offender Registries
- Is it close to your favorite coffee shop? Grocery store? Mall? Doctor? Movie theater?
- How far is the closest hospital? Urgent Care? Fire Department? Police Station? Interstate? Veterinarian? Airport?
- Talk to residents to gain a broader perspective of the neighborhood and city.
- Test your commute during peak hours to get to:
- Your favorite coffee shop
- Local recreation areas and sports venues
Once you’ve narrowed the field in finding the perfect city and neighborhood, you’re almost home! The last step, is choosing a realtor using the same care and attention. The right realtor will guide you through the home-selection process with confidence, practice, and ease, paving the way for a smooth transition to your new home.