We live in a new world and where many job opportunities have opened allowing the workforce to work remotely, the need to move is still very apparent with certain opportunities. Moving for your career, family, or just to change things up a little are all valid reasons and when you are inexperienced in the moving process it can be very daunting. However, there are certain things you can do to make your move a little easier. Here are 5 tips to help you out with your next move.
1. First You Need to Know Where
Moving is not like going on vacation. Road trips can be accomplished without having a clear destination in mind. When moving, you want to know where you are going. Knowing the state, city, or even the neighborhood you intend on moving into can be a significant help to the moving experience. Before deciding on where to move, do a little research on various areas and determine which fits with your life goals. Are you looking for a location close to the beach, mountains, or a large city? These questions must be answered before your move can begin.
Take the time to visit the places you intend on moving first before settling on a specific spot. A small visit for a few days can allow you to see what the area is all about and get a feel for locals. Every city you move to has a specific vibe and going out to local restaurants, bars, clubs, or just shopping can show you more about the vibe of that city. Where you will not be able to truly know the place until you have lived there for a while, a small visit will certainly help you determine if it is the place you need to be.
2. Know About Your New Home
Depending on where you choose to move will determine your living options. Some areas are vast and have a wide range of leasing options from apartments, condos, single family homes, and much, much more. Generally, renting a space for a while is the best solution to get you acclimated to a specific area. Buying a home in your new city can be an option, but it ties you to the place much faster than rentals. A rental gives you more wiggle room and is ideal if you are not certain how long you intend on living in the area.
Sometimes, it is even best to rent an extended stay hotel suite for a while and determine which neighborhood you prefer. This tactic can also allow you to have more time to search for a place to rent or buy while waiting on the best deal. When moving to anywhere, whether you choose to lease a home or stay in a hotel for a while, you will want to invest in a storage unit. Instead of getting rid of everything for the move, you can bring your items with you and store them for a small fee each month. It is among the best ways to move into a new city without having to purchase all new appliances and furniture. Storage units are available in both standard and climate controlled varieties, so no matter what you need to store, you can find a storage unit facility that can help.
3. Organization is Key
Take time to organize your thoughts and everything you will be moving. Carefully consider how you pack each box. Begin sorting items by room. Pack up items you generally do not use first and place them in the back of your storage unit, moving truck, or where you intend on storing your items for the move. Label each box according to what room it is associated with and even make a list of items within the box, so you know exactly where everything is without having to unpack each box. Once all of your non-essentials are packed away, you can pack and store items that you use daily at the front of your moving van to go directly into your new home. The rest can be stored in a storage facility for use at a later date.
4. Consider Using Professionals
I know, we live in a DIY society, but there are times when a professional is necessary to make things work correctly. Moving is one of those things you will need a professional’s help with, especially if this is your first move. You will need someone to not only help you move your items, but even before your big move begins. Hire a real estate agent to help you look for new homes in your city. You can opt to go it alone, but real estate agents tend to have more up to date information and can even provide information on homes that may not even be published on the market yet.
Once you have established which home or what type you want, hire a contractor to properly inspect the property to ensure it is move in ready. This might sound like an unnecessary step, but a lot of issues can be hidden inside walls and beneath floors of modern homes and you do not want to purchase a home that has plumbing or electrical issues. Contractors should be hired to look at rentals as well, so just because you are not currently buying a home, does not mean you do not need one.
5. Take Time to Think About the Future
Consider options when moving to a new location. Take time to look around your current home and get rid of anything you do not envision being a part of your future. If you have a set of furniture you have had for many years, but do not particularly like, consider getting rid of it before moving. A good purge of your unwanted items before moving can help your new space feel how you want it to feel. Bringing unwanted items is just going to clutter up your new space, so take time to consider what you want out of your move and rid yourself of anything that does not fit with that vision.
Moving does not have to be overly stressful. These 5 tips will help you organize your move better and get more out of the experience than you ever thought possible. Take advice from professional and make your move smarter, not harder.