So you’re thinking about making a change, packing up and moving to another city or town for a new start. It’s an exciting time, when you’re contemplating starting over in a new place; so much hope and excitement!
But before you start packing that suitcase and calling the moving company, there are a few things you should do before making a final decision – especially if you have a family. Below, we’ve outlined a few things to check off the list before making that major move.
Check out the Area
You should definitely check out the area you’re thinking of moving to before taking the plunge. And not just a quick Google search, either. Book a weekend stay at the town/city in question, and go check it out. Investigate things like tax information, crime rates, what the local police are like, look into the schools to see if they have a good reputation, make sure it covers all the basic necessities as well as all the fun stuff you enjoy. You want to take the time to make sure this is a place you can live in for a long time to come, happily, with the needs of your family being met. Do you feel at home here? That’s the most important thing.
Finding a Place
Ideally, you want to have a place picked out and the lease or deed signed before you start packing those boxes. Taking the time to find a home is the most important part about a move, and you’d be surprised at how many people don’t actually secure a place to live first.
Nothing beats actually going to the city to look at houses or apartments, but if you can’t, there are plenty of realty and rental sites where you can peruse homes and even tour them from your own city. Look up houses for rent, luxury apartments, duplexes, condos, or whatever your family needs, and secure the perfect place before you ever pack a box.
Save Up a Bit
The aforementioned securing-of-the-place is going to require a deposit or down payment, whether you’re renting or buying. And you’re going to need money for moving costs. It’s best to wait on a move until you’ve got a little money in the bank, to cover these costs, as well as to pay for movers, transport for yourself, food and essential household items to stock the new place with, money for other utilities and services, and more.
A Secure Vehicle
If you’re moving a long distance, you need to make sure your car is safe and up to the task. Get it serviced before the move – stuff like an oil change, new tires, even get it detailed so it’s nice and clean and ready for transporting. If your car isn’t super reliable, renting a car or a moving vehicle might be your best bet. Don’t leave this till the last minute!
These are just a few guidelines to have checked off the list before any big move. If you take care of these details first, everything else will fall into place. Enjoy your new home!