Relocation

Whether you're relocating for a new job, to be closer to family, or to simply have a fresh start, there are things you should do to make this process a smooth transition.

Before relocating

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Know what you can afford

Moving costs can quickly add up when relocating to a new area, so be sure to sit down and calculate your budget. Having a list of potential expenses is important to gauge how much of your savings should be allotted to these costs. Consider adding purchases you will need to make immediately after moving to this list, which could include things like storage fees, new furniture, and cleaning services for your new home.

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Research your new city, town, or state

To become familiarized with the area you're moving to, there are a few things you should research:

  • The area's weather patterns
  • Cost of living
  • Local culture
  • School system
  • Public transportation 
  • Nearby neighborhoods and the average prices for homes in these areas
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Hiring a realtor

If you are relocating, you will need an exemplary real estate agent to help you sell your old home and purchase a new one. Depending on how far you are relocating from the area you currently live in, you may need to hire a second agent that is local to the community you're moving to. 

 

Whether you need us to sell your old home or purchase a new one, our realtors at Triangle Experts can help you during every step of this process. 

Preparing to move

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Make a to-do list

As moving day approaches, there are several things you should do to ease the stress of relocating:

 

  • Forward all of your mail to the new address 
  • Inform your children's school district of your move and enroll them in the new school system they will be attending 
  • Cancel any local subscriptions to places like gyms and spas 
  • Cancel utilities like electricity, cable, and internet and have them installed in your new home
  • Research reputable doctors, dentists, and pharmacies in your new neighborhood
  • Pack up your belongings
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Hire a moving company

Moving can be a stressful event, especially when you have heavy furniture and dozens of boxes to transport from one place to another, but it doesn't have to be. Consider hiring a professional moving company to relieve some of the stress during moving day. Most companies offer tiered services from basic to specialty, so make sure to choose the service that best suits your needs.

Moving day

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Keep a log of financial transactions

If you're moving for a job, your new employer may offer moving incentives, including help that covers moving fees. Depending on the contract, this could include coverages on moving companies, gas, and any hotel stays that may be needed should this be a larger move. Keep receipts of all transactions.

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Take a deep breath

Moving day can be stressful. Doing several self check-ins throughout the day is beneficial in ensuring this process is a seamless one.

Settling into your new home

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Unpack

Unpacking right away may seem daunting, but it's important to check for any damages to furniture or valuables that may have been incurred while moving. To avoid overwhelming yourself, consider unpacking one room at a time before moving on to the next. Start with rooms you'll use immediately upon moving like the kitchen and master bedroom.

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Exploring your new neighborhood

Take a leisurely drive through your new town, soaking in new parks, businesses, and eateries as you go. A great way to meet new friends is getting involved in the community, so be sure to take a look at local events and programs available. When you're settled in, say hello to your new neighbors, host a housewarming party, or grab a drink with your new coworkers.

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