Guide For Moving To A New City or State
Moving to a new city or state can be extremely stressful because there are often many things that are unknown. It’s critical when moving to a new city or state that you do your research before picking up and moving.
Recently while helping a family who was relocating to Rochester NY from Nashville TN, I was asked many questions about the Rochester area and was asked to provide a lot of information to the relocating family. The questions that were asked and the information that was requested were all legitimate and very important.
If you’re going to be moving to a new city or state in the near future, below you will find some excellent considerations to make and tips to help with your move. The tips for moving to a new city or state that are discussed below will help reduce the stress and improve the chances that you’re happy with your decision. There are also some questions that you should ask yourself as you’re considering a move to a new area.
Research Local Economy & Job Market
If you’re moving to new city or state, researching the local economy and job market is vital. The local economy and job market should be one of the biggest factors to consider when moving to a new area. Having a strong grasp of the local economy and local job market can truly make relocating easier and less stressful.
Understanding what the state of the local economy is before moving to a new city or state is extremely important for many reasons. If you’re looking to move to a thriving city that is growing, you don’t want to move somewhere that is seeing the local businesses shutting their doors. A couple questions to ask yourself about the local economy include;
- Are new businesses opening in the area?
- Are local businesses closing their doors?
- Are local businesses thriving?
If you’re relocating to a new city or state for a job, understanding the local job market is still important but obviously not as important to those who are moving without a secured job. Below are a few questions to consider when researching the local job market.
- What is the local unemployment rate?
- What is the median household income?
- Are there local companies that are creating new jobs?
- Who are the largest local employers?
- What are the highest fields of employment in the new city or state?
Moving to a new city or state without a job in place can be nerve racking but with the proper research doesn’t have to be terrifying. The above questions can help ease the move and provide some peace of mind that you’ll be able to find employment.
Research Local Things To Do
When moving to a new city or state, researching the local things to do should be done. It’s fairly common that someone relocates to a new area and ends up regretting their decision because there is nothing to do in their area that interests them.
If one of your favorite things to do is attend local sporting events, it wouldn’t make much sense to move to a city that is hundreds of miles from sporting events. If you’re looking for an area that has lots of things to do with your dog, moving to a city that has several dog parks would be a great idea.
An excellent way to evaluate the local things to do in an area is to contact the local visitors bureau. They should be able to provide a list of the most popular restaurants, bars, festivals, and other information about the things to do in the area.
Research Local Real Estate Market
Before moving to a new city or state, you must know what the local real estate market is like. A fairly common thing for people moving to a new city or state is to attempt to find a short term rental, such as a six month lease. This allows them to learn about the neighborhoods and the local real estate market.
If you’re not sure whether to rent or buy a home, you need to first evaluate both options. A few questions to ask yourself when evaluating whether to buy or rent include;
- Is it feasible to buy a home in the area?
- Are monthly rent prices reasonable?
- Are you in the position to be able to secure a mortgage?
The above questions are just a few to consider when deciding whether to buy or rent. It’s highly recommended that if you’re unsure whether renting or buying is the best option that you contact a local real estate expert. They should be able to help you decide which is the best fit for your situation. If buying is the best option, they’ll be able to help you understand how to get approved for a mortgage.
Finding a local real estate expert when moving to a new city or state shouldn’t be too difficult. One of the best ways to find out who the local real estate experts are in a new city is to research online. An online search of top real estate agents Webster NY will result in thousands of search results, however, it’s pretty easy to tell which are quality resources.
Below is a screen shot of the search and as you can see, many of the search results are not LOCAL websites. It’s critical when moving to a new city or state that you’re working with a top local real estate agent who has a website that provides helpful information about the area, buying a home, and other real estate topics.
Once you find a top local real estate agent to assist with your relocation, there are certain things to find out about the local market since all real estate markets are different. Below are a few things to ask a local real estate expert about relating to the local market.
- What is the average sale price of homes in the area?
- What is the current state of the local market? Buyers or sellers market?
- What are the real estate taxes in the area?
Research Local Neighborhoods
It’s highly likely that you’ve heard the saying, “Location, location, location,” when it comes to real estate. Location is one of the most important factors that drives sale prices and also desirability of a property. If you’re relocating to a new city or state, it’s important that you research the local neighborhoods.
It’s possible that in a given city that there are dozens of different neighborhoods. A neighborhood can change significantly even though they are close in proximity. There are certain tips for choosing a neighborhood that should be followed and below are some of the best tips.
- How is the local public transportation?
- Where is the neighborhood located in proximity to your job?
- What are the local crime statistics in the neighborhood?
- How does the future look for the neighborhood?
- Do the residents show pride in ownership?
- How do the taxes compare to other neighborhoods?
The above questions are just a few of the most important questions. Choosing a neighborhood that you love is extremely important, otherwise you may regret your move after the fact.
To get answers to the above questions and other important questions relating to neighborhoods, you should discuss with the local real estate agent as to what the best resources are to get answers.
Research Local Education
If you’re moving to a new city or state with children or the intentions of having children in the future, researching the local schools must be done. Also, keep in mind that one of the most important things when buying or selling a home with children are going to be schools because in the future it could impact you even though you may not have currently have children.
The best way to get statistics and information about local education is to contact the schools directly. Whether you’re looking for information on an elementary school or a graduate college, you can contact the school to obtain the information you desire.
Online research should also be considered when researching the local education when moving to a new city or state. There are many quality websites available that rank schools and provide statistics for a given school.
As you can imagine, moving to a new city or state can be stressful. Fortunately, the internet has made relocating to a new area much easier. By utilizing top resources and websites online, you can make your move to a new city or state relatively easy.
There are lots of unknowns due to the fact you’re not familiar with the local area. The five tips listed above are some of the most important. Doing the research up front before moving to a new city or state will greatly improve the chances of being happy with a move.
Other Resources For Moving To A New City Or State
- Moving Checklist – 10 Steps For A Shockingly Simple Move via Raleigh Realty
- Who To Notify When Relocating By Bill Gassett via Storify
- Why A Move To A Neighborhood Is A Smart Idea For New Buyers By Anita Clark via LinkedIn Pulse
Are you thinking about a move to Rochester from another city or state? The above tips for moving to a new city or state should be extremely helpful. If you don’t have a local Rochester real estate expert, contact me and I’d love to help you with your move to our great city!
About the authors: The above article “Five Stress Relieving Tips For Moving To A New City Or State” was provided by the Keith Hiscock Sold Team (Keith & Kyle Hiscock). With over 30 years combined experience, if you’re thinking of selling or buying, we’d love to share our knowledge and expertise.
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