A Guide to Relocating to a New City

by Tracy Cochran 09/29/2019

Relocating to a new city, and moving into a new home you bought at the same time, can be a complicated process. From hiring a real estate agent and buying a new house, to planning your move, the to-do list is growing. To make that move a smooth and successful one you need a guide and some helpful tips.

Here are the tips you need to stay afloat and make sure your move is a success.

1. Check your financial muscle 

In any situation, your finance is the power, and your budget is the overall determinant of your level of expenses. To succeed in your quest to relocate and purchase a house, you must know what you can afford, and then you make your budget. 

Start by checking how much money you need to buy a house first in a new city and the amount that will take care of your relocation expenses. Then, you find out the cost of packing supplies and moving services. A full service moving company offers their services at a premium if you are moving from one state to another.

You need to check your savings and monthly income to know how much you can spend buying a new home. Apart from paying your monthly mortgage fees and down payment, other costs you must offset are homeowner’s insurance, realtor’s fee, utilities, property tax, and closing costs.

2. Try out renting first

If you are relocating to a city you’re entirely unfamiliar with, try renting a place in that area first. When you rent a house, you will have the opportunity to try out the new neighborhood to know if it is what you want. If you have tested it and are satisfied with the area, then proceed to buy a home there. When you’re ready, you can accomplish with the help of a realtor.

3. Pay the city a visit

Although you can learn a lot about the town online, a physical visit and on-the-spot assessment of the new city is crucial. Those assessments will help you get to know the various neighborhoods in that area and give you the opportunity to meet with the realtor.

4. Check the city’s transportation options, the commute, and the general safety

Make sure you research the city’s transportation options from buses, taxis, to subways and ensure they are what you need. Living very close to your place of work has many benefits, but if you prefer long commutes, there is no problem. Safety is the number one factor influencing your relocation to a new place; you wouldn’t want to live in a crime-ridden area. 

5. Hire a trusted realtor

Look for a realtor that fits your needs. Your realtor should have a thorough knowledge of the various housing markets in different neighborhoods and should be able to guide you to buy your new home. It is better to meet a reputable real estate agent before you move. 

Ready to Move?

Relocating to a new house should not be a difficult task if you prepare yourself and engage the services of trusted moving service to help. Are you ready to move? Check out long distance movers in both your new city and your current one.

About the Author
Author

Tracy Cochran

After 17 years of real estate experience in New Hampshire, in 2018 I chose CENTURY21 Diamond Realty as the right fit for my new real estate career in South Carolina. After the death of my husband in December 2016, I went back to school again and became re-licensed. In addition to being a REALTOR and Broker in New Hampshire, I worked seven years as a Notary Closing Agent for Appletree Title & Closing and numerous nationwide loan and title companies. This gave me a knowledge and familiarity of loan closing requirements and documents that most real estate agents do not have. As a real estate agent dedicated to giving clients the absolute best representation, I alway attend every home inspection, final walk through and closing. This is a service that sets me apart from many other sales consultants in this area. Prior to my second life as a closing agent and real estate professional, I was a top-level achiever in multi-level marketing, sales and training with a work force producing over $5 million in retail sales annually. I am a Marine wife and mother of a daughter (deceased) and two Marine sons. In 2012 we moved to Sun City to be closer to family. If you are looking for quality, honesty and exceptional service that goes over and beyond your expectations, please call me. You will not be disappointed. As a widow, I have the additional time to spend helping you find the home that is perfect for you or for selling the home you currently have. Although I list and sell property throughout the Bluffton area, I specialize in Sun City listings and sales. You may reach me via text or telephone at 603-365-6635 or by email at [email protected]. I look forward to working with you.