House hunting clear across the state or even out of state isn’t quite as easy as moving locally to the next city over. But it doesn’t have to be a huge challenge you can’t overcome – provided you have the right residential movers behind you. As you prepare to search for a new home far away, consider these helpful pieces of advice.
You can certainly start your search online, but eventually, you will have to visit the home you’re considering buying. Critical decisions can only be made once you see the home in person. Every home has a certain feel to it, and you can’t get that from pictures or descriptions. Read about the amenities and then set up a showing or attend an open house to check it out.
You can use online tools such as Google Maps to find out the proximity of the new place from your child’s school or your place of employment, for instance. What will your commute be? How far will you be away from attractions, restaurants, coffee shops, and more? Learn about the towns and neighborhoods you’re considering by searching for information about demographics and average home prices, for example.
The more knowledge you have about the homes you like and the process of moving, the more focused and productive you will be.
In the early stages of house hunting, develop a clear plan of what you want in a house, town and neighborhood. This plan will help guide you as you move along in the process. Consider your budget and price range, the type of neighborhood you want, how important the school system is, etc. This will save you a lot of time, especially when house hunting far from home.
Delve even deeper into your plan and go beyond just a simple list of homes to check on your visit. Map out the routes between each and how much time each portion of the trip will take you. This will maximize your ability to visit the most homes within the time allotted. Your real estate agent should be flexible with open houses and showing times, but be sure to give them plenty of notice.
Once you have found the home of your dreams and your offer is accepted, your planning will go into hyperdrive. Book your movers early to ensure the time slot you want. Determine what will and won’t make the move. If you have children or pets you will want to take that into consideration as well. Make sure you have the right car seats, pet carriers, and anything else needed for the long trip. You can even hold a yard sale and get rid of any items you no longer want. Why pay a mover to haul junk long distances?
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