There is a never-ending list of things to worry about when you relocate, whether to a new city or a completely different state. One of the biggest stressors is buying a new home. Here are some tips to help you find all the real estate resources you need to relocate.
Finding an Agent and Lender
If you already know someone in the area where you’ll be relocating to, that’s a great place to start. Ask if they can recommend a real estate company or agent, as well as a reputable mortgage company who can help you get prequalified. If you don’t have any established connections in the area, you can find valuable resources online to search for real estate agents and mortgage lenders. Look closely at the reviews to find ones who come highly recommended.
House-Hunting Resources Online
There are several sites that can help start your search, including Zillow, which also provides an agent finder service for real estate agents, home inspectors, and home builders. AreaVibes is a great site to help you research the livability of towns or neighborhoods with a comprehensive review of cost of living, demographic information, schools, places of employment, amenities, and crime rates.
Markets are still tight, so be prepared once you do find a house. You’ll need to:
- Determine your budget and stick to it
- Identify your must-haves and want-to-haves
- Be ready to make a decision quickly
- Bid competitively
Moving and Packing Resources
Packing up all your belongings and moving may be the hardest task of the relocation process. With today’s technology, however, there are some great apps to make the process easier. Move Planner comes preloaded with to-do checklists and Sortly allows you to create a visual inventory of your belongings and print QR codes for the boxes. Hiring a credible, professional mover will make the relocation easier and less stressful. Sites like Great Guys Moving and HireAHelper can help you locate reputable movers in your area.
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