Relocating to another part of the country, whether this is for business into a solo-occupancy apartment, or else with your entire family to a place on the coast, is potentially one of the most stressful things in modern life that you can do.
Amid the practical planning and core logistics of your move, there are many other important things to remember and here are four of the most crucial ones.
1. Hire a Removal Company
First and foremost, even if you have plenty of friends, neighbors and family members who are more than happy to help you move your belongings, furniture, and absolutely everything you own to another house miles away, it’s still strongly advisable to hire a professional removal company.
Fundamentally, a reputable removal company will ensure that breakable and sentimental objects are packed with care and consideration, save you time and energy, and allow you to focus on other important tasks.
2. Secure a New Property
Now, it may well be the case that you’re relocating due to a new and exciting job offer, and if so, a new home or indeed, a place to stay for the short term at least, may be already included. However, if it’s up to you to find your new home, either for yourself or your whole family, then it’s essential to ensure that you’ve closed on the deal before you leave.
Additionally, be sure to compare the average hard money real estate financing rates in your local area to ensure you get the best deal, whether you’re looking for a real estate loan or to release equity from another property.
3. Organize Your Paperwork
If you complete everything else on your mental relocation checklist but forget to forward your mail until you wake up in your new house, this can be sorted fairly quickly, but if you drop the ball on a number of tasks, this could cause real issues.
The following is a non-exhaustive collection of important paperwork-related tasks:
- Wi-Fi and cable
- Gym membership
- Forwarding mail
- Credit and debit cards
- Driving license
- Home and car insurance
- Pet registration
4. Get to Know Your New Area
Obviously, at the time of writing at least, there’s no mandatory test on the facts and figures of a state before you’re allowed to move there, but all the same, getting to know your new state and local area will only help you to integrate with your neighbors and new coworkers.
Before deciding on the neighborhood, make sure that you take a walk, not just a drive, around the streets, both on a weekday and on the weekend, as well as visiting the area in the day and after the sun has set.
Familiarize yourself with the local amenities, look into how close the railway and bus services are to your potential new home, have a look at your property on Google Earth and also learn about the history of the state that you’re planning on moving to.
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