Countless people relocate on a daily basis, for various reasons, such as a new job, a new home, to attend college, and to be closer to their families. Regardless of why you are relocating, it can be a difficult process. However, taking your time and researching the new area can make the relocation easier, especially when it pertains to buying a new home in a new neighbourhood. Here are four tips to help make the relocation process easier on you and your family.
Most of the stress people experience when relocating is due to being unorganised. You can stay organized by making to-do lists and sticking to them. Refrain from doing everything at once; this will only lead to more stress and unrealistic time-frames. Your to-do lists should pertain to your current location and your new home. Movers should also develop checklist when packing up their homes. It’s a good idea to enlist the help of a sales representative and professional movers. Be sure to ask family and friends for assistance, regardless of how big or small the task may be.
Visit the Neighbourhood
Buyers should do this multiple times prior to choosing their new home. Driving through the neighbourhood of a home you are interested in purchasing can help you get a better understanding of the area, in terms of the local activity and the type of people who live in the community. Although you should plan out some of these visits with a sales representative, it is a good idea to make unplanned visits as well. This gives you the opportunity to see the area with a clear view, instead of taking a staged tour planned by the seller. While visiting the neighbourhood, be sure to verify that the area provides easy access to the places and things at the top of your want-list, such as local grocery stores and shopping malls, emergency care services, entertainment, parks, and more.
Ask for Relocation Assistance from an Employer
You should ask for assistance, regardless if your employer offers this type of help. Employers are often willing to negotiate when it comes to relocation services, even when it’s not in their policy. When you negotiate relocation assistance from an employer, be sure to have answers to the basic questions the company may ask, such as:
Quotes from professional movers
Temporary housing costs
Having this information handy could increase your odds of receiving relocation assistance from an employer. You will also need to have these details ready if relocation services or reimbursement is a part of your new job or company’s policy, in order to ease the process and reduce the risk of costly errors.
Research Moving Companies
Finding a reputable mover is essential when relocating, especially if you are moving long-distance. This is the business that you are entrusting to pack up, transport, and unpack your personal belongings. You want to choose a moving company that is licensed, provides insurance, gives you access to references, and has a thorough hiring process. A reputable company will be honest about its fees, and give you accurate tips and advice when conducting a walk-through.
When relocating, you should also check to see if your moving expenses are tax-deductible. You could be eligible for some type of tax reimbursement, which could ease some of the financial stress that comes with relocation expenses.
Before you begin the relocation process, create a list of the pros and cons that come with this type of move. Remember to stay organized and take multiple visits to the top neighbourhoods of your choice. The objective is to make the move simple and fun, instead of stressful, too expensive, and unbearable.
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