Making a new home for yourself anywhere takes time and personal investment, but doing so in a completely different area of the country seems like too much stress and effort for the average person. We are going to boil things down to the basics in order to help make your transition that much easier with these cross-country relocation tips for home buyers and sellers in Atlanta.
Research Your Destination
For some, the decision to find a new place to call home is a spontaneous one and they do their best to fly by the seat of their pants.
We recommend that you take the time to get to know not only the destination city or town but the specific neighborhood into which you’re attempting to move. Before you get too lost in the nitty-gritty of real estate negotiations and paperwork, do everything you can to immerse yourself in your desired home’s surroundings.
If you’re physically able to be in that neighborhood, take walks around the area, talk to potential future neighbors, and simulate your daily routine to get a good idea of what life will be like living there. Every step you can take beyond reading Wikipedia entries and dining reviews will help you out in shortening the time before you can truly call your new residence a home.
Hire a Local Agent
When it comes time to get serious about looking for the right home for you and begin putting in offers, you want to be able to count on an agent that is familiar with that local market and its offerings.
Hiring an agent means bringing onboard knowledge and experience that will make your entire home purchase substantially easier while also helping you navigate negotiation by eliminating any personal components from the equation. By having an agent who understands your destination market thoroughly, you will be able to focus on the bits of planning the move as your agent finesses the details of any deal in your favor.
Partnering with a local agent is one of the top relocation tips we can offer in your cross-country move.
Look at Your Moving Options
To get the moving portion underway, shop around for your best moving options. Some major truck rental companies only have round-trip vehicles available for the time you’re planning to make your move, while others could have convenient one-way offerings that allow you to drop the rental vehicle off near your destination.
You will want to dig into the insurance offered for any rental vehicles you’re considering. You want to be sure to look through all of the features in the rental vehicle agreement before signing off on anything.
If all of that is a bit too much, try finding a professional moving company that will make your life easier.
Manage Your Timeline
Something that can be established in any agreed offer between buyer and seller is the proposed closing date. This is likely to be an important point to allow for your lease or home sale to be completed and then execute your cross-country move flawlessly.
Something to consider when trying to figure out this timeline is giving both yourself and the other party sufficient time to get everything squared away properly. You don’t want to find yourself rushing any more than is absolutely necessary.
Keep in Contact
We suggest having a designated safety contact to check in with at given intervals throughout the day to let them know everything is going OK, or for you to contact if something goes amiss.
Some may feel this is only a good idea if they’re making the cross-country trek alone, but we would suggest it for anyone undertaking such an endeavor. Besides safety, keep your agent in the know up until your arrival at your new home.
Give yourself some time to get comfortable before feeling the need to discontinue these updates.