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Most would consider relocating from another state or distant city the most formidable of all moves. It adds a layer of complexity to the buying process, particularly without an experienced agent who will help you through every step of the process. Often companies will pay the costs of relocating while some home buyers are relocating before employment is secured. With the boom of working remotely many realize they can finally live where they have always dreamed. It’s important to research and understand what’s involved in relocating. Here is some information and resources to get started.

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Relocating Tips and Tools

1. Does your employer offers relocation assistance?

Many companies will offer reimbursement on moving company costs, storage costs, lease termination fees, temporary housing, pre-move visits, and more.

2. Research good schools.

IGreatSchools gives you ratings and comparison on all the local schools so you can figure out the best areas before moving.

3. Research crime rates.

NeighborhoodScout checks local crime rates around your desired home and how safe it is.

4. Research your neighbors.

Esri’s Zip Tapestry tool breaks down common demographics by zip code. It’s a great tool for understanding the makeup of different neighborhoods.

5. Discover how to get around

Research typical commute times, traffic issues, and public transportation options. Walkscore.com ranks cities based on walkability, public transit, and biking options.

6. Line up a job

Many people move long distance because of a job, but what if you don’t already have a new job lined up? There are many helpful guides on line. Be sure to do some research!

7. Get a real estate agent

Prior to moving, find an agent to expediate buying a home. A realtor can give you a local’s perspective on different neighborhoods and select listings to visit as soon you arrive.

8. Check areas out with google street view

Use Google Street view to take a virtual walk around the neighborhood.

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9. Research transferring professional licenses

Doctor, lawyer, nurse, teacher, realtor or other professional? Every state has different professional licensing requirements or license transfer policies. Be sure to check this out well in advance of moving.

10. Budget for cost of living 

Be sure to check out a cost of living calculator to get a sense of just how different your costs will be in your new town or city. Getting an idea of how your costs will change can also help if you’re negotiating salary or a relocation package with your employer.

11. Start packing early

Packing always takes longer than you expect and nothing frustrates a moving company more than customers who aren’t ready on moving day. Not to mention, the mover will likely charge you for the delay. Save yourself the hassle and start packing early

12. Sell, donate, trash

Generally, the more you move the more you pay. So don’t move things you don’t need. When you’re emptying out closets and drawers make 3 piles. A sell pile for items with some value, a donate pile for items that can still be used, and a trash pile for the dump.

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13. Keep receipts if you donate

Moving is expensive. Save receipts from donations as they might be tax-deductible.

14. Create an inventory list

Whether you’re renting a moving truck or hiring a full-service moving company, you’ll want to have a good idea on how much you’re actually moving. Most moving services are priced based on the size of your move. The larger the move, the higher the cost.

15. Read your moving policies

Many leases and homeowners associations have move-in/out policies. Parking restrictions, elevator reservations, and moving company proof of insurance documentation are common requirements.

16. Pick an early moving date

Moving companies occasionally have to reschedule, especially in the busy summer months. Moving out a day or two in advance gives you a cushion in case anything happens. If you can’t move early, it’s not a bad idea to have a backup plan if the moving company falls through.

17. Have emergency funds set aside

Budgeting for a long-distance move can be tricky. Even if you’ve read every checklist and thoroughly prepared to move, a major traffic accident or weather event can delay your movers and have you crashing in a hotel for a few nights. Unexpected costs are a part of moving to another state so be sure to have emergency funds available.

18. Pick a reputable moving company

Here's a list of best interstate moving companies.. Get multiple quotes: moving company pricing can vary drastically so compare prices. Research your mover: check licenses, insurance, and a lot more.. Read the paperwork: don’t assume all moving companies offer the same services. Make sure you read every and understand what the mover is responsible for.

19. Don’t count on moving related tax deductions

Since the new tax reform, as of 2018, all moving related tax deductions have been eliminated unless you’re military. Tax laws change frequently so check with the IRS or a tax professional. But tax laws change frequently so check with the IRS or a tax professional.

20. Know how long the movers will take to deliver

Ask your mover two questions. How long does delivery usually take? And, what is the maximum number of days allowed for delivery? Cross country moves typically take 7-14 days to deliver but legally have up to 21 business days resulting in having to rough it for 2-3 weeks.

21. Check out “ad valorem” taxes

If you plan on moving a car some states like California and Georgia will charge you a tax to register your vehicle.

The tax amount is based on the market value of the vehicle and can be quite a bit of money for newer or luxury cars.

22. Find a high-quality auto shipper

Moving companies may give you quotes to ship your car but it’s a good idea to also get prices from auto shippers directly. Often, they’re able to offer more affordable rates. Just be careful to find a good auto shipping company.

23. Consider cheaper moving company alternatives

Hiring a moving company is almost always the most expensive option to move. If you want to save money consider using a rental truck. Or, if you don’t want to drive long distance check out moving container companies.

24. Hold onto high-value items and important documents

Boxes can get lost during shipping. Consider taking items like jewelry, birth certificates, car titles, prescription medicines, and any other important things with you.

25. Declare high-value items

Make sure your moving company is aware of any items like fine art, chandeliers, expensive antiques, or memorabilia. They’ll need to know to make sure everything is packed and insured properly.

26. Give your mover multiple contacts

Cell phones can die or get lost. Be sure to give the moving company multiple phone numbers and backup contacts just in case something happens and they need to reach you.

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27. Be mindful of prescriptions

Finding a new doctor can take time. If you have any existing prescription medicines, be sure to get them filled prior to moving.

28. Hold onto chargers and important cords

Because if your phone or computer dies mid-move and you packed your charger that would be difficult if not impossible to retrieve.

29. Forward mail right before you move

USPS mail forwarding is easy and awesome! Just be sure to request forwarding a few days before you move so it starts on time to deliver to your new address.

30. Update all your subscriptions

Magazines, newspapers, meal subscription boxes… let them know you have a change of address. See our full change of address guide to help you with this step.

31. Plan on getting a new driver’s license

Most states require you to get a new license within 2 weeks of relocating. So plan on a joyous trip to the DMV when you arrive.

32. Update any lenders and insurers

Yes, you’ll need to change your address with all 8 different student loan lenders. Don’t forget your auto lender, car insurer, and renters or homeowner's insurance.

33. Register to vote!!!!

Do your civic duty! Voting is a precious right don't waste it.

34. Plan to pay taxes in multiple states

Unless you’re moving to or from a state without income tax, it’s likely you’ll need to file state tax returns in 2 different states. Most tax software can guide you through this fairly easily, but still something to keep in mind when crossing state lines.

35. Get out and meet people

Check out MeetUp.com or EventBrite to find groups of people that share your interests and events in your new city. Overcome your inner hermit and go meet some new people!

36. The Most Important Resource.

If you’ve made it this far, you likely have a solid plan put together for your move. But the most important step to relocating success is to have an experienced and knowledgeable real estate agent that will support your buying needs every step of the process.
Email or call Pat today to ask questions, find out more details, walk you through the home purchasing process, or to set up a complementary buyer's consultation presentation.

*Disclaimer: Everything shared on any of our websites is for educational purposes only and are never recommendations! You alone are solely responsible for conducting your own independent research and due diligence before taking action. We assume no responsibility or liability for your decisions.

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