Moving can be stressful. If you’re thinking about moving or are in the process of moving, there is probably a lot on your mind. Will I really like my new home? How will we pack up our entire house? Will my community be the right fit? All of these questions are valid and often tint the excitement of embarking on a new chapter of life. Here are a few practices that will help the process of relocating be an easier adjustment:
1. Make a list of wants/needs
It can be easy to daydream about the perfect home. While your builder is determined to provide your family with the perfect place to live, no home, community or location will be completely flawless. As you begin looking, create a list of wants and needs for your new location. Aim to fulfill both categories, but know that you may have to give up a few minor ‘wants’ to satisfy your ‘needs’. It can be easier to browse homes when you’re not getting stuck on minor details. Go in saying, “I don’t need four bedrooms, but that would be ideal.”
2. Know the property value
Location, market, age, condition, improvement and neighborhood are all elements of property value. Consider all of these things when looking into a new home and new location. While you may not need to consider condition, age and improvement with new houses, location and neighborhood are primary elements of the home buying decision. Maybe you’re relocating for a new job. Do you want to be walking distance? A short drive? Is there a neighborhood you want to live in that has a train station? Take all of these into account.
3. Research moving companies two months prior to moving
Often people wait until their moving date is near before contacting a moving company. Stay organized and do this ahead of time and check one more thing off of your ‘to do’ list!
4. Consider community and neighborhood
Much like considering property value in #2, community is a vital asset to choosing a new home. Many new home communities have a diverse set of niche neighborhoods. In addition to researching floor plans, research the differences between these neighborhoods. Family dynamic might play a role in your decision; whether or not the neighborhood is composed of young families or retired couples. Researching the community will give you more information about school districts, local amenities, and what you can expect from the atmosphere of the community.
5. Create a packing plan
Packing can be one of the most brutal parts of relocating. Once you’ve purchased a home, create a packing plan with a solid timeline before the big moving day. Begin by packing things that you know you won’t use or don’t need anytime soon and follow this by making deadlines for packing certain things. For example, you may include that you will pack all of your kitchenware by the second week of September. This keeps you accountable, ensures you’ll pack everything, and helps you stay less overwhelmed.
6. Know public transportation
Whether you’re in an urban or suburban setting, knowing the local transportation systems can be crucial to making the most of your new area. If you’re commuting to work, see if driving or taking the train is the most efficient.
7. Research fun things
In the midst of the move, research the fun things offered in your new community. Look up cool places to eat, fun entertainment, trendy shops, organizations to join and other activities that you can do in your downtime. There may be some exciting new finds! Stay excited for this new chapter and get involved in your community!
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