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Tips For Moving To A New City
Whether you're moving for a new job, school or simply a change of scenery, moving to a brand new city can be equally as exciting as it is stressful. It can be difficult enough without the added stress of moving day itself. With our tips, you can be assured that you will be able to focus on the more exciting parts of your new chapter!
When will you take off?
Figuring out the exact date that you absolutely need to have your new home available to you can drastically change the amount of properties to choose from, which homes or apartments have availability and the cost of moving. If you're looking to save money on moving day and you have a somewhat flexible moving date, consider moving during off-season. Summers are by far the busiest season. Families typically wait to move until their children finish out the school year. If you are moving to a town with a large university, keep in mind that availability for rentals tend to decrease very quickly during this time of year as well. By choosing to move during the school year, you will likely cut the costs of moving drastically and give yourself many more options!
The search begins!
After you have narrowed down the time in which you need to find a new place, it is time to begin your search for a new home. If you know people in the area, reach out to them for a referral to a realtor to help you. Looking for a new home can be difficult even when you know the neighborhood well! If you're moving to a brand new city you are unfamiliar with, working with a realtor who is an expert in the neighborhood you're searching in can take a lot of stress out of the process and save you hours in front of your computer, searching countless listings. Most people do not want to sign a lease or a purchase contract without seeing the home first. Your realtor will likely preview any home that meets your criteria prior to actually showing it to you. This way when you take a trip to your new city to choose your new place, your time will be spent seeing only the best of the best. If moving day comes before you get a chance to ever go house hunting or hire a realtor, don't worry! You can typically find short-term rentals on Airbnb. They are typically less expensive than most hotels and give you access to a full kitchen. Find an inexpensive storage unit while you stay in your Airbnb rental so that you can take the stress of a time crunch out of searching for a new place to live.
Set your budget and stick to it.
A big move can sometimes come with unexpected expenses. The key is to plan ahead and know what will work for you. If you are choosing to purchase a home, be sure to budget the costs of a home inspection, termite inspection and any potential closing costs. If you are opting to rent, you'll want to account for the cost of credit applications, security deposits (typically equal to one month of rent) and administration or application fees. Consider how much you are willing to spend on movers, trailers and moving supplies. Check Craigslist or call local retail and/or grocery stores to ask if they have any extra boxes to donate. Start collecting newspapers to use as a cheap alternative to bubble wrap. If you have a bigger budget, hiring movers can eliminate a lot of the stresses on moving day. Some moving companies will even pack your things for you! If you would rather not spend the money on movers, bribing friends and family with pizza on moving day can be quite effective!
Why not start your new chapter with a clean slate? Now is a great time to get rid of those t-shirts that have been sitting in the bottom drawer for as long as you can remember. Whether its old clothes in the drawer or knickknacks on the counter, we all have those items in our home that just take up space. Getting rid of unnecessary items could potentially save you money on moving expenses! Take this as an opportunity to give back to your community one last time! Donate any items you do not need to a local charity or Goodwill. For any pricier items that you no longer need, try posting them on Ebay, Craigslist or OfferUp. Keep in mind that heavy furniture may cost more to move than to replace. Consider this when selling any belongings. Bonus: You can use those funds to help make up for some of your moving costs!
Don't forget the small stuff.
That moving day tends to sneak up quickly! To avoid added stress, make a list of the small miscellaneous tasks and complete them the week prior to your big day. Don't forget to switch all utilities out of your name, cancel any memberships or subscriptions you may have that are only available locally and remember to change your address. If you are moving out of a rental, make sure to budget time to clean and make any necessary repairs in order to get you security deposit back.
Get to packing!
The more organized you are while you pack, the quicker you will be able to make your new place feel like home. When disconnecting electronics, snap a picture of how the wires are set up so you can avoid a headache and save time when you're getting up and running. Although cardboard boxes are typically the go-to, a large and durable trash bag may save space. Use trash bags for lighter items, like clothing. This way, you can fit the bags into smaller spaces than if the clothing were in a box. Do not forget to put your toiletries in plastic bags so they do not leak during your move and potentially ruin any belongings. Purchase a few clear bins to put the items you use on a daily basis or may need at any moment to save yourself the hassle of searching through countless boxes.
When moving day comes, you AND your wallet will be thankful that you planned ahead! If you are moving to Scottsdale or the Greater Phoenix Area, the Dwellings Team is here to help you with every step along the way!
Written by Kelsey Donovan of Dwellings Realty Group
The Dwellings Team is comprised of the four owners of Dwellings Realty Group, all family members, and all graduates of The Ohio State University. We want you to know that we haven't forgotten the val....