Moving is both exciting and overwhelming at the same time. Without proper planning, it can become chaos, slowing down your chance to adjust quickly to your new home. If you’re moving to a new state, you may come across even more obstacles. Consider these tips to help you simplify the process.
Start Planning Far in Advance
Planning a move properly means starting the process far in advance. For example, research shows that you should have enough to cover at least three months of expenses before you move. Start the packing process at least two months before the moving date, and consider putting items in storage if you’re not sure you want to take them or think you may not have room. You can find storage companies that offer discounts, such as a month free, for new customers.
Consider Location When Looking for a Home
Talk to a local real estate agent before you start looking for a home in your new state. Kari Haas can help you find your dream home. Your goal should always be to find a place that best suits your needs in a location you love. Remember, location is often the most important aspect when searching for a home. You want an agent who can tell you about the school districts and shopping available in the area. A more desired location will cost more, but it will also have a higher resale value.
Starting Your Own Business
If you’re thinking about starting your own business in your new location, make sure you have all the plans in order before you make the big move. Create a thorough business plan to help you stay on track and show potential investors what your company has to offer. Your plan should include an executive summary about the business and products or services you’ll provide, how you plan to structure your business, any funding you will need, and any financial projections you’ve made about the company.
Join Your Community
If you’re looking for ways to get involved in your new community, join local social media groups or look for a community app where you can access local news and necessary information. Introduce yourself to neighbors virtually and in person to get to know people quickly. Being more involved helps you adjust more quickly.
Consider Investing in a Home Warranty
A home warranty is a service contract that covers the repair or replacement of major home appliances and systems, such as air conditioning, electrical, plumbing, and more. Many homeowners choose to get a home warranty to protect themselves from the high cost of repairs and replacements. Home warranties typically cover items for one year and can be renewed annually. When you’re weighing home warranty cost vs benefit, be sure to look over the home inspection report to see if there are any red flags.
Figure Out Your New Cost of Living
One of the first things you should do is research the cost of living in your new state. Start by looking for averages of things such as rent or mortgage, food, education, and entertainment. In Washington, housing costs are above the national average, but you can expect to pay less for health care and utilities. Washington is home to some of the best public schools in the country, so you can find affordable education for your children.
Before moving to a new state, choose a location, learn about the cost of living, consider investing in a home warranty, and think about starting a new business. Once you’ve completed your move, you’ll be ready to settle into your new life. Take the time to get to know your area, and you’ll speed up the process of feeling comfortable. Focusing on the positives of the move will help you overcome any possible homesickness.
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This post was originally written by a guest blogger, Lisa Walker.