Moving can be a complicated, overwhelming and stressful process. Beyond finding a home, there are many factors to consider - employment opportunities, the general feel of the community and, of course, the physical aspects of a move, such as packing and changing addresses.
Here are a few simple steps to help make your move a little easier.
- Begin the Search Online. Finding a home in a new area can be difficult, but statewide websites like ColoradoHomes.com and national sites like ColdwellBanker.com are good places to begin your home search.
- Has your income or financial situation improved? Homeowners should consider their overall financial situation including current and future expenses in order to make an educated decision on price range for a new home. For example, an increase in salary may allow for an increased mortgage.
- Conduct due Diligence. When relocating to an unfamiliar place, it's best to get an advanced feel for the lifestyle and personality of the new town. Visit the city's website or local tourism and arts and entertainment sites. Also consider websites you may not have originally thought of, like YouTube.com. Our YouTube channel, Coldwell Banker On Location, offers behind-the-scenes looks at towns and neighborhoods, tips, and timely news on real estate topics.
- Check Out Lifestyle or Real Estate Blogs. Blogs like ColoradoHomes.com or Coldwell Banker Blue Matter have emerged as powerful tools to gather neighborhood information to help make better, more informed decisions.
- Line Up an "All-Star" Team of Professionals. Now that you've done your homework, it's time to identify a team of experienced, local professionals. Start with an independent real estate agent, like myself, who is familiar with the local area. If you're moving to another city or town, I can assist in referring you to an agent in your new community. Your agent should be able to help identify suitable mortgage lenders, home inspectors, movers and others who play a role in the relocation process.
- Safeguard Valued Items and Documents. It's a good idea to keep valuable possessions, such as jewelry, antiques and important documents with you throughout the move.
- Free Yourself of Excess. The last thing you want to do is spend time, money and effort moving items you don't actually need in your new home. Clean out the garage, closets or spare rooms and decide which items you'll be taking and which should be donated or thrown away. Many local charity organizations now pick up donations at your home and appointments may be scheduled online.