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Relocating to Central Texas

Posted by Tori Thompson on October 12, 2022
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Relocating to a new city can be exhausting, especially when you are under a time crunch and searching for a home. In this blog, I’m going to give you the tips you need to help you make your move as quick and efficient as possible.

I have moved across states a few times, and this is why you will want to read all of this post because you will be getting tips from a moving pro. I’d love for you to also drop a few tips of your own. Just comment below with your gems!

Searching for your new home...

Entering into the home search space – it should go without saying that there are tons of homes to look at. It’s always recommended to narrow your search down to your homes by picking your top 3. A local expert can share their knowledge of drive times. This will help you with researching commute times, so that you are prepared to get to work or other places of interest.

Know your budget. If you are getting a mortgage, secure your pre-approval before you start home shopping, this way you can focus on homes that are within your budget. For rentals, your realtor can look into the requirements prior to submitting your application, so that you can possibly avoid losing any application fees or security deposits.

Once you have done your research and found your favorite options. Plan to consider virtual tours or schedule a trip for in-person tours. Once you find your place, it will be very important to pick your move in date carefully. You want the closing day to be timed with accuracy, so you avoid issues that are caused by not getting your keys in-time. The goal is for your move to be as stress free as possible.

Game Plan

Moving Plan and Budget – Are you going to DIY your move or are you going to hire pros? Moving companies provide estimates, so you can be within your budget. From there you want to book your movers or transportation as soon as possible. Moving.com also has a moving company directory and the FMCSA’s lookup system. If you are not DIY-ing, have your moving company arrive a day or two AFTER you have your keys. No one is trying to pay to hold the truck for an extended time and reschedule the movers to unload your things.

If you want to get rid of a few things, list items on Facebook marketplace, at a reasonable sales price. In some cases, it’s maybe easier to only bring important items and clothing if you plan to start fresh and get new things for your new place. Talk with your realtor about what items are included in the sales contract blinds, washer & dryer, fridge, or etc.

Utilities & Mail

And oh goodness do not forget to set up your Utilities and Mail in advance–I have done that once, I was just so excited about moving and starting my new job. The city resource webpage can help you to locate all or many of the service providers. If you want to shop around for utility rates check out powertochoose.org. Once you get your keys. Change your locks, garage codes, any additional technology items.

Relocating Ready!

Realtors like myself can create a personalized relocation plan that can be implemented to save you money and heartache during the transition. It pays to have a strategy. Realtors can help you put together a relocating strategy that will get you to the finish line. 

Check out my video Decluttering Tips also. If you have any questions at all about anything related to real estate, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

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