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Biggest Considerations For Relocating

downtownRelocation can be due to a new job opportunity, a step-up in a career, for a lifestyle change, or, several other reasons. What makes relocating so different from moving a few blocks away or even to the next adjacent county is unfamiliarity. As the saying goes, "You don't know what you don't know." Even with the power of the internet, there are many things which can't be known until experienced firsthand. The little nuances you've grown accustomed to in your current location will become vague memories. New day-to-day challenges will be a reality for the first few months as you begin to settle-in and become familiar. Before you relocate to a new city, there are some big considerations to take into account.

Avoid these Moving Mistakes

If you know relocation is imminent, you'll start making plans right away to attempt a smooth transition. No doubt, you'll be keen on keeping your out-of-pocket expenses low, if any will be incurred. For some, this means going the DIY route, opting to do the sorting, packing, loading, hauling, and unloading. While it's certainly tempting to believe this is a smart money-saving measure, it could well cost a lot more. So, understand the real cost implications regarding your time and effort.

You've gotten the call about a great job offer in a different city. Maybe you've even been through several rounds of interviews. It could be a transfer within your current company to a different office or a dream opportunity with a completely different business. Either way, accepting the job might mean uprooting your family and moving to a new city, possibly thousands of miles away from your current home.

If possible, you'll want to avoid the busiest moving days of the year, Labor Day and Memorial Day. Also, you should try to move off-season, and not make the move during summer. Be sure to get at least three quotes from reputable, licensed and insured moving companies, and, get these in-person. The earlier you schedule your move, the better, about four to six months in-advance. Of course, you'll have to know where it is you will relocate to before you schedule anything.

Biggest Considerations for Relocating

Relocating is difficult because it often involves moving many hundreds or thousands of miles away. Even if you're familiar with your destination city, you're probably still not in-the-know in the way locals are. Some are fortunate enough to return to a city they love, but had to leave many years ago; only to find things have changed. This is precisely why you've got to know the biggest considerations before relocating:

  • Housing costs. Okay, so this strikes you as "too obvious," but, local real estate markets all have different dynamics. If you were to look back to Sarasota just fifty years ago, the area was quite different. New developments are appearing and shifting the dynamics of the local market. One big benefit of living in Florida is the ability to claim homestead exemption. Contact an experienced real estate professional as soon as possible to begin your home search.

  • Cost of living. Another big bonus is the cost of living in Florida isn't as high as it is in the northeast and many places out west. What's more, there are no state income taxes, and, a sales tax holiday is held every year before school begins. Calculate your current cost of living and learn about the cost of living in your new city. These include utilities, housing, groceries, health care, and transportation.

  • Job market. If you're relocating because of your job, this will still be a factor for your family, particularly your spouse. Start educating yourself on the local job market, it's current state and history to get a better sense of any trends. If you're using the relocation as a launching pad for an entrepreneurial pursuit in a few years, understand how the state, county and city promote business growth.

  • Schools. For those with school age children, you'll need to learn as much as you can about all available options. In addition, learn about college and university choices for the future. Once you find the various school districts you can then make an informed decision about which neighborhoods are the best fit.

  • Day-to-day needs. Groceries, dining, shopping, home supplies, and more ought to be considered. Once you have an idea of which neighborhoods are possible contenders, you should begin to learn where you'll go for everyday items.

Two more considerations are your commute and possible neighborhoods. While your daily commute will certainly be on your mind, just because your work isn't far away geographically doesn't necessarily reveal what to expect. You'll want to see people commuting to and from these neighborhoods to know what's in-store. Also, the condition and trend of the neighborhoods ought to be a consideration as to their future.