If you are like many Americans during the pandemic, you may be moving across state lines or even across the country in some cases. Naturally, this can be an intimidating and even somewhat overwhelming experience. As with anything else, thorough preparation is the key to success. Below we discuss some helpful tips to consider when embarking on such a significant move.
Attention to details
- Choosing the right moving service: Everyone knows that not all moving service companies are created equal. We have probably all heard horror stories from those with less than pleasant experiences. With this said, it is important to begin with obtaining company referrals from your personal network. A good starting point is with your real estate agent. Furthermore, you will want to confirm that any company you consider is willing to do cross state line or cross country moves. Another consideration will be whether or not the company is willing to work with animals. This is a detail that is often overlooked, unfortunately.
- Set up your mail to be forwarded: Although tedious, it is critically important to ensure that you schedule your mail to be forwarded to your new address. If you do not have a new address to move to, you may want to consider opening a P.O. Box at your destination in the meantime. This will ensure that you do not miss important bills and other mail.
- Research your destination: It is always a good idea to familiarize with the local and state requirements as they may differ from state to state. You will also want to have a good understanding of your new location’s police and fire departments, grocery stores, hospitals, and schools. If you are moving into a new home that you are purchasing, it is a good idea to obtain a list of recommended contractors from your local real estate agent as well. Examples of some of these may be: landscaper, pool maintenance person, electrician, plumber, and handyman.
With our advances in technology, much of your research and preparation can be completed right from your smartphone. With this said, it is always a good idea to keep a running list of items that will need to be completed when preparing to move out-of-state. As always, a trusted and reputable list of referrals is extremely valuable when moving to a new area. For this reason, we always offer a list of vetted contractors and other local professionals for our Live South Florida Realty, Inc. clients. This is particularly helpful for our clients moving to South Florida from out-of-state.
At Live South Florida Realty, Inc. we have assisted many clients with their real estate needs. Are you looking to buy or sell a property in South Florida? Now more than ever, it is critical to have a qualified real estate team and the proper search tools behind you. Live South Florida Realty, Inc., has been a leader in the South Florida market for many years. Let our team of professionals assist you with buying or selling your piece of paradise today! In addition, our recently launched “Florida Home Search” app is now available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. With real-time MLS feeds, this app lets you set your own alerts to notify you as soon as a property meeting your needs hits the market. Furthermore, it will also let you know of recent closed sales in your area so that you may be even more educated on the market. Be sure to download this app for your smartphone or tablet today!