Relocation? An adventurous new start or a nightmare? Realtors understand both points of view. When you are starting a relocation, there are some things you can do to lower the stress levels. Consider the following:
Understand your employer’s relocation plan/program
When you are about to embark on a job-related relocation, it pays to fully understand and review all of the benefits provided by your employer. Some employers may provide cash, others may have preferred providers you must use. These benefits are a form of compensation and you should use them to the fullest. Take the time to know the benefits you are entitled to.
Research the new location
Next, start to research your new target location. The internet provides many options for you to research the country, state, and towns. You might want to research cost of living, schools, medical, climate, transportation, and other options. You might want to identify a realtor or two to contact and interview.
Visit the new location and tour a few towns
Once you have a general understanding of the area, consider a visit. If you have an employer funded relocation plan, a visit or two is probably included. At this time, you might want to pick a realtor to spend the process of exploring towns and housing options. Get a real feel for the communities you are considering.
Consider renting at first
Due to the tight time frames involved in a relocation, it may pay not to make a permanent decision. Considering renting a home for the first year. During that year you can take your time and better know the town or surrounding towns. With that knowledge, you can make the more long-term decision. Finally, if you are subject to more regular relocations—renting for the whole term of the local post might make sense.
Organize and coordinate
Like any other large-scale project, be sure to organize and coordinate the process. This involves creating a timeline of tasks that need to be completed to leave your old home and arriving at your new one. A realtor can usually provide helpful checklists and reminders.
De-clutter and pack early
A move, relocation or otherwise, is a great time to de-clutter your home. Most homes have old and outdated items that have gone unused for years. Consider selling or donating the unnecessary. Finally, consider cleaning your belongings and packing them early. By avoiding procrastination, you can lower the stress of the move.
Make sure all records are transferred
Be sure to transfer financial, medical, school, vet, and other critical records from your old hometown to your new hometown as soon as possible.
End and start utilities
Another consideration is contacting utilities and service providers to end service, return equipment, and retrieve security deposits. Furthermore, your new home will need utilities transferred and activated just before you arrive.
Ask for help
Finally, ask for help. Family and friends in or near your new home can be a big help. A good realtor can be one of your biggest resources. Experienced realtors can smooth the real estate transaction and transition, but they can also be an incredible resource. They know the community, reliable contractors, and other local resources you may need.
In closing, a relocation can be a new adventure with the right approach and planning. Consider the advice above and good luck in your move!
About Susan Fazio
With twenty years of real estate sales experience and an award-winning career as a top local realtor, Susan’s expertise has led her to be named a top agent in all of Somerset County. Susan covers Somerset and Morris counties in Central New Jersey, specializing in the Basking Ridge/Bernards Township, Bernardsville, Bedminster, Warren Township, Peapack-Gladstone, Far Hills, Mendham, Harding Township, and Bridgewater communities. She lists and sells in all price ranges from condos to luxury homes and is available to you 24/7 to answer questions and assist in accomplishing your real estate goals.
Susan Fazio can be reached at:
Mobile Phone: (908) 625-8603
Work Phone: (908) 766-0085 ext. 1030
Fax Number: (908) 766-2254