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5 Things to Know If You're Moving Out of State

If you’re planning on moving out of state, you’ll have to approach your move differently. With such a tremendous distance between your old and new home, you’ll need to plan differently in order to make sure that the sale of your old home goes through well and your arrival in your new home is smooth and seamless. Here are five tips for moving out of state or over long distances that you should know about.

Start Your Home Search Ahead of Time

It’s not uncommon to have to move before you’ve even purchased a home, especially for things like job relocations that need you to start as soon as possible. That doesn’t mean you can’t start searching for your home before leaving, however. The Internet has completely changed the way the real estate industry works, and you can search a wide range of the homes available on the market now through online listings. It’s extremely easy to have a list of homes you’d like to see for yourself by the time you arrive, based on things like surrounding schools, commute time, crime statistics, and more. You can also research real estate agents—see what customers have to say about their experience, which agents have experience and know the area, and how many homes they sell or buyers they represent per year.

Carefully Research a Moving Company

Moving a great distance is not something you want to try and do on your own. A moving company may seem like a costly investment, but the truth is having professionals to help is going to lead to far fewer headaches, less stress, and an overall more enjoyable experience. That is, so long as you hire a reputable and reliable moving company. There are loads of exceptional moving companies on the market, but there are also some not-so-great ones too, and the latter group will leave you frustrated as you’re left to pick up the pieces of your experience… sometimes literally. Make sure every moving company is insured against property damage and read an abundance of reviews before making any decisions.

Pack Your Important Records Separate

While you can throw just about anything into a moving truck, there are certain things you should never pack with the rest. This includes things like a change of clothes, a small amount of water and food for the trip, and perhaps most importantly: your records and documents. Things like vehicle titles, property deeds, tax records, and much more should all stay comfortably packed with you in your vehicle. That way there’s no risk of them getting damaged in the trip and a lower chance of their being stolen

Develop a Plan With Your Agent

If you’re leaving your home before it sells, you’ll need a dependable agent who can list your home and do everything in their power to try to get it to sell. Nobody wants to have to pay the expenses on two different houses, and you’ll want to make sure you and your agent have a plan for selling your home as soon as possible. Talk to your agent and find out what they need from you to make your home as appealing as possible. Create an open house schedule. Consider hiring a staging company to come in and set up in order to make your home beautiful and appealing to buyers. Consider hiring a landscaping company to come and maintain the yard if the sale is taking some time. But, perhaps most importantly, make sure you and your agent have a plan: do you want to sell the home as quickly as possible, or fight to get every last dollar? Having this plan ahead of time makes the process so much easier for you and your agent and could even result in your home selling faster.

Notify Utility Companies

Lastly, you’ll want to make sure your utility companies know you’re leaving. After all, you don’t want to be stuck paying for utility bills for a house you’re not even in. Most utility companies have procedures for notifying them that you’re moving out of your house, and many of them allow you to do it online. It’s strongly advised you do this, especially with things like your water, trash, and cable/internet providers. However, if you haven’t sold your house yet and your agent is going to need to continue showing it, you may want to leave the electric service still running so your agent can turn the lights on and make your home appear bright and welcoming. In this case, just make sure that your electric bill can be forwarded to your new address so you don’t wind up with a bill in collections that you weren’t aware of.

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