Relocating is a lot of work for you and your family, and it can be a stressful time just due to distance, time pressures, and moving to a place totally unfamiliar to you. Going with the flow and not trying to control the uncontrollable can help ease the process along with lots of planning, organization, patience, and assistance from experienced relocation professionals like a real estate agent with their CRA (Certified Relocation Associate). Moving to a new area and establishing a new home happens often when people take new jobs, retire, or want to move closer to family. Whether it’s just a few hours away or to a completely new state, relocating is a common reason to buy and sell a home. Here’s what to plan for when relocating.
What to Plan for when Relocating
Your Relocation List
Keep a calendar and a good size To-Do list to keep your relocation tasks in one place and the timeline focused on completion. You will have many projects… starting before your move, all the way through to the end of your relocation when you are setting up and organizing your new home.
You will also need to coordinate contractors around your everyday commitments. Keeping your lists and schedule in one spot will be essential when you need to draw from your notes and the moving agenda.
If you have an already-busy schedule, consider taking some time off or adjusting your family obligations so you can take on projects needed for your relocation that are timely and pertinent to meet your deadlines.
Home Projects before your Relocation
Before you relocate, there will be repair and decorating projects required for your current home. If you had a list of projects you wanted to tackle while you lived in your house, you will probably need to step up the timeline to address these now. A good way to understand what should be taken care of and what can be skipped is to have your real estate agent come over and review your home. They will have fresh eyes based on experience and education with selling homes and what is suitable for your community.
Budgeting for your Relocation
Moving can get expensive if you haven’t put aside what you are expecting to pay and matching it with your budget. Other than your mortgage loan and closing costs, you will want to set aside what you will need for moving costs. Consider the cost of movers and truck expenses, hotel and meal expenses, gas and toll or parking expenses, and pet boarding costs… just to name a few.
Make a list of everything else you can think of and adjust your budget to accommodate your moving timeline. It could be for a short time like a few weeks or a month, or it could be longer, so make sure to discuss this with your family and real estate agent to prepare your budget and adapt to your relocation.
Time Management for your Relocation
You will have many tasks and projects to work into your day on top of your regular commitments. Make sure to start early and stay on a consistent and daily schedule to keep your relocation moving forward.
If you are relying on contractors for some of your projects, keep a list of these people and put their visits on your calendar. Check this every morning and adjust your day as necessary. Remember, this schedule is not for the rest of your life and you will be so happy in your new location!
Staying on task daily is helpful to achieve your end goal to sell your home and move to your new location as smoothly as possible.
Your Local Memphis Real Estate Agent
When you are ready to sell your current home and buy a new one, or are relocating here, look to a top-rated and experienced real estate agent. An agent that is familiar with the locations and types of properties you love in the Memphis area. Whether it’s residential, or open land you’re looking for, work with a real estate professional that you can trust.
Click here to learn more about me and how I can help you with your new home purchase, buying parcels of land, or selling your current home. My skills and education are focused on what you need for a great real estate experience. I would love to chat with you and answer any questions you might have. If you are selling your home in the Memphis area to relocate to a new location, as your real estate agent, I would love to come by and review your home to get ready for sale. Contact me at (901) 828-8919 or drop me a quick note firstname.lastname@example.org. Looking forward to speaking with you today!
Angie Kelley, Crye-Leike Realtors
(901) 828-8919 or (901) 756-8900